Norman Lebrecht

Long Shadows

The horrors of WWII, what led to them and their aftermath, are at the heart of these outstanding novels by German writer Julia Franck (The Blind Side of the Heart), Norman Lebrecht, (The Game of Opposites), and Booker shortlisted Simon Mawer, (The Glass Room). All examine the possibility of forgiveness, the shifting boundaries between good and evil and the enduring legacies of the past.

How the Jew in Gustav Mahler changed the music of the West

Norman Lebrecht’s best-selling book Why Mahler? examines how a composer, scorned and rejected for decades, has come to replace Beethoven at the centre of symphonic culture. Here, especially for Jewish Book Week, Norman Lebrecht explained how Mahler’s major innovations in music stem directly from his Jewish heritage and the trauma of exile and shares his passion for the great composer with us.

Jews and Music under Nazi rule
Michael Haas’s Forbidden Music looks at the Jewish composers and musicians banned by the Third Reich and the consequences for music throughout the rest of the 20th century. Because Jewish musicians and composers were, by 1933, the principal conveyors of Germany’s historic traditions and the ideals of German culture, the isolation, exile and persecution of Jewish musicians by t...
A Rocky Road

Rabbi Abraham Levy’s memoir tells of his devotion to, and exceptional influence on, Jewish public life and the Sephardi London community for over 50 years.