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To celebrate Chanukah, Jewish Book Week has chosen twelve very special events from the 2019 programme to release for sale a month early.

Come and hear superlative speakers, including philosopher Simon May and clinical psychologist Frank Tallis on love – the light and the dark side; scientist Oren Harman on evolutions, and the myths that shaped our world; Robert Hutton on Agent Jack, MI5’s secret Nazi hunter; Martin Gayford and Hannah Rothschild on the London painters; Michael Rosen on the radical side of children’s literature; John Gray on the rich tradition of atheism; Francesca Simon on creating an opera from her bestselling The Monstrous Child; fiction with Ben Markovits, and Alba Arikha; the genesis of the female novelist with Fay Weldon, Tracy Chevalier and Ayelet Gundar-Goshen; Volker Weidermann on when the writers took power in Germany; and Elif Shafak and Alice Shalvi in conversation on their hopes and passions.

The full programme will go on sale on 9 January 2019. 

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Love Is...

Words / Jewish Book Week

Love rules our lives. Philosopher Simon May, in a radically new theory of love, examines its real aim. Clinical psychologist Frank Tallis takes a look at the darker side of love – obsession.

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Workers’ Tales: The Radical Side of Children’s Literature

Words / Jewish Book Week

Explore a collection of political tales selected and introduced by the brilliant critic and author Michael Rosen: socialist fairy tales, fables and allegories from Great Britain.

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Agent Jack: Fighting the Nazis on British Soil

Words / Jewish Book Week

June 1940: Britain is Hitler’s next target. But not everyone fears a Nazi invasion; some British citizens determine to do all they can to hasten it. Robert Hutton reveals an astonishing story.

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The Dance of Faith and Doubt

Words / Jewish Book Week

Elif Shafak and Alice Shalvi: These two iconic women have much in common. Together, Elif and Alice discuss their lives, their work, and their hopes with Rabbi Shoshana Boyd Gelfand.

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Double Bill: ‘Modernists & Mavericks’ and ‘Evolutions’

Words / Jewish Book Week

Book tickets for the Jewish Book Week events at 7pm and 8.30pm in Hall Two tonight to receive a 20% discount.

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Modernists & Mavericks: Bacon, Freud, Hockney and the London Painters

Words / Jewish Book Week

Painting in London from the Second World War to the 1970s is a story of friendships and shared experiences. Acclaimed art historian Martin Gayford is in conversation with Hannah Rothschild.

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Evolutions: Fifteen Myths that Explain our World

Words / Jewish Book Week

Reawakening our sense of wonder and terror at the world around us and within us, Oren Harman uses modern science to create new and original mythologies.

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Seven Types of Atheism: To Believe, or Not to Believe

Words / Jewish Book Week

John Gray describes the rich, complex world of the atheist tradition. He sheds an extraordinary and varied light on what it is to be human and on the thinkers who have battled to understand this issue.

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