Pumpkinflowers: A Soldier’s Story

Matti Friedman

05/03/2017 3:30 pm
Kings Place, Hall 2

In an astute and moving exposé of war’s futility – part memoir, part reportage – award-winning writer and journalist Matti Friedman, in conversation with Hugo Rifkind recounts in his nonfiction work Pumpkinflowers the fate that befell an Israeli military outpost on the Lebanese borders in the 1990s. A lyrical yet devastating insight into the day-to-day realities of war, and a powerful coming-of-age narrative, Pumpkinflowers casts an unflinching look at the nature of modern warfare, in which there is never a clear victor and innocence is not all that is lost.

Hugo Rifkind


Hugo Rifkind is an award-winning Edinburgh-born journalist who writes columns for The TimesThe Spectator and GQ. He writes the satirical Times column My Week on Saturdays and is a frequent panellist on BBC Radio 4’s The News Quiz.

Matti Friedman


Matti Friedman is a Canadian-Israeli journalist and a contributor to the New York Times op-ed section. Spies of No Country: Secret Lives at the Birth of Israel is his latest book. He lives in Jerusalem.

Look