Bidisha is a broadcaster, film-maker and journalist specialising in international human rights, social justice and the arts. She writes for the main UK broadsheets and presents and commentates for the BBC, Channel 4 News and Sky News, where she has been a regular since 2016. Her fifth book, Asylum and Exile, is based on her outreach work with asylum seekers and refugees in London.
We Fight Fascists
Jewish soldiers returned to Britain after WWII believing they had defeated fascism in Europe. Yet in London they faced a revived fascist movement, inspired by Oswald Mosley, stirring up agitation against Jews and communists. We Fight Fascists is the story of the 43 Jewish ex-servicemen and women – the 43 Group – who fought back. Their numbers quickly swelled as they were joined by gentiles and younger Jews, including hairdresser Vidal Sassoon, who used the tools of his trade ̵...
Hope: A Tragedy
Darkly hilarious, dangerously subversive and extraordinarily bold, Shalom Auslander delivered a hilarious and disquieting examination of the burdens and abuse of history. The hero of Hope: A Tragedy had hoped to escape the past, history, wars and genocide in a rural US town but nothing happens as expected. We heard from one of the most original, wittiest and darkest voices on the Jewish American scene.
From The Feminine Mystique to Fifty Shades – 50 Years On
“The book that pulled the trigger on history”, The Feminine Mystique created an instant impact on its publication in 1963, altering consciousness, culture and lives. On the 50th Anniversary of its publication, Jewish Book Week looked at the continued reverberations of Betty Friedan’s feminist rallying cry, in a discussion including two generations of women writers and artists.
Lisa Appignanesi, Julie Bindel, Bidisha and Leah Thorn examine how a book ignited a revolution, taking t...
Between the Lines
As Leonard Cohen has written, ‘there’s a blaze of light in every word’. Words shape our personal identities, our relationships and our societies. They are the crux of all human interactions. The relationship between writer, translator and reader is explicated by award-winning poet Sophie Herxheimer, translator Ros Schwartz and publisher Cécile Menon.