Jenni Frazer has had an award-winning career in journalism for over 30 years, where she has performed nearly every kind of role, from news reporter to bureau chief, from editing and commissioning, to running a team of reporters. She has interviewed many major celebrities and been a media commentator on UK radio and TV, including News 24 and The World Tonight for the BBC.
Novelist, essayist and playwright A.B. Yehoshua has been dubbed, together with Amos Oz and David Grossman ‘one of the three tenors of Israeli literature’. Hear this literary titan present his latest novel exploring identity, ageing, family, secrets and spies.
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Spies of No Country
In 1948, with Israel’s existence hanging in the balance, four men, part of a ragtag unit known as the Arab Section, consisting of Jews native to the Arab world, went undercover in Beirut. Here, they spent the next two years operating out of a newsstand, collecting intelligence and sending messages back to Israel via a radio whose antenna was disguised as a clothesline. Of the dozen spies in the Arab section at the outbreak of the ’48 war, five were caught and executed. But in the ...
William Frankel In conversation with Jenni Frazer
The distinguished former editor of the Jewish Chronicle shared with Jenni Frazer some of the anecdotes from his autobiography Tea With Einstein.
Award-winning crime writer Matt Rees teamed up with the late Yehuda Avner, adviser to Israeli Prime Ministers Yitzhak Rabin and Menachem Begin, to write The Ambassador, an ‘alternative’ historical novel set in Nazi Germany. What if Israel had been founded before the Holocaust? Might its existence have changed the course of European history? Journalist Jenni Frazer moderates.
In Born Survivors Wendy Holden recounts the tale of three exceptional women who all gave birth in concentration camps towards the end of the war in the most adverse of circumstances, whose babies, against all the odds, survived. Wendy Holden is joined by one of the ‘infant’ survivors Eva Clarkeand interviewed by the journalist Jenni Frazer.
Fiction of Guilt and Identity
John Steinberg’s Blue Skies Over Berlin is a moving and thought-provoking book about guilt and identity, featuring a young German woman who moves to London from war-ravaged Berlin in 1956. Taking a false name – Charlotte Brown – she lands the job of her dreams at the National Gallery, becoming enmeshed in a world of aristocratic rogues, conmen, thieves and shady art dealers.
Head of Sotheby’s Restitution Department, Richard Aronowitz’s An American Decade is an ambitious novel...
Israel’s declaration of independence precipitated not only the birth of a Jewish state, but the beginnings of a mass upheaval, as the ancient Jewish communities of the Arab World were forced to flee. Nearly a million people left. Lyn Julius examines why, and what became of them, particularly those who fled to the newly-found State of Israel.
From Things Lost
Professor Shirli Gibert and Ambassador Yitzchak Mayer discuss their new books, stories of memory and survival told through letters. Chaired by Jenni Frazer.
A Long Night in Paris: Thriller Fiction
Former editor in chief of Haaretz and international best-selling author Dov Alfon discusses his electrifying novel, A Long Night in Paris. Hailed by critics as ‘the best Israeli thriller ever written’, Alfon’s hero, Colonel Abadi, head of Israel’s most secretive intelligence service, grapples with ruthless Chinese commandos, the byzantine Paris establishment and the back-stabbing Israeli intelligence community, all against the backdrop of the city of ...