The Death of Eli Gold

David Baddiel, Erica Wagner

05/03/2011
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The Death of Eli Gold is a comedy, a thriller, and a meditation on love, death, aging, sex, America and fame. Inspired by Saul Bellow, Philip Roth, John Updike, Norman Mailer and Arthur Koestler, it is both a hymn to, and a critique of, that generation of writers whose greatness gave them a license to disregard the damage they caused all around them, especially to their women and children. David Baddiel told us about his literary heroes, making people laugh about religion, and writing fiction.

David Baddiel

David Baddiel graduated from Cambridge University with a double first in English. He went on to forge a successful career as a comedian, first on the stand-up circuit in London, and then as part of the team behind the popular BBC sketch show The Mary Whitehouse Experience. In 1993 he teamed up with Rob Newman. Their BBC sketch show,Newman and Baddiel in Pieces, culminated in the pair becoming the first British comics to play an arena gig, at Wembley. His other TV shows include Fantasy Football League, Baddiel’s Syndrome and Baddiel and Skinner Unplanned. In 1996 he co-wrote and co-sung ‘Three Lions’, the England song for Euro \'96 – the only song in the history of British pop music to go to No. 1 on three separate occasions. David was a member of the Man Booker Prize judging panel in 2002, and he writes a regular column for the \'Books\' supplement of The Times.

Erica Wagner

Erica Wagner was born in New York. She is contributing literary editor at Harper’s Bazaar, former literary editor of The Times, a broadcaster and award-winning writer of many genres, including fiction, biography and poetry.
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