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Bats & Mitzvahs: Jews and Cricket

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The curators of the MCC Museum’s Cricket and the Jewish Community exhibition are joined by former Wisden editor Matthew Engel and World Cup 2000 player Lara Molins Caplin.

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Itamar Rabinovich: Middle Eastern Maze

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Historian and statesman Itamar Rabinovich discusses the Arab-Israel conflict with David Aaronovitch, up to the present day.

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The Jewish Fringe Festival presents Shiva at Wit’s End

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Tsitsit The Jewish Fringe Festival returns to Book Week with a staged reading of a new comedy by Estee Stimler.

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Women in Intelligence

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From Bletchley Park to behind enemy lines, Helen Fry joins fellow historian Clare Mulley to reveal hitherto unknown stories of the pivotal role played by women in British Intelligence in the world wars.

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Leonard Bernstein: Some Other Time

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A celebration in conversation and song of the legendary composer and conductor, with Edward Seckerson, Petroc Trelawny and West End stars Christina Bianco and Julian Ovenden.

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Susan Rubin Suleiman: An Immigrant Girlhood

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Harvard professor Susan Rubin Suleiman joins Ariana Neumann to look back at her early life as a Hungarian Holocaust refugee and American immigrant.

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The Art of the Thriller

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Adam LeBor and Alex Gerlis join Jenni Frazer to discuss thriller-writing and their latest books.

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The Last Consolation Vanished (Online streaming)

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Zalmen Gradowski’s powerful and extraordinary eyewitness testimony of life and death in Auschwitz, discussed by editor Arnold Davidson and documentary film-maker Toby Perl Freilich.

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Ian Goldin: Age of the City (Online streaming)

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Former World Bank VP and adviser to Nelson Mandela, Ian Goldin explores why the city is where the battles of inequality, social division, pandemics and climate change must be faced.

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Why Schoenberg Matters (Online Streaming)

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This online event sees Harvey Sachs discuss his biography of Arnold Schoenberg, a New Yorker Book of the Year, restoring the Austrian American composer to his rightful place in the pantheon.

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How The Talmud Can Change Your Life (Online streaming)

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Weaving together psychology, philosophy and history - from Aristotle to Billie Holiday – Liel Leibovitz discusses surprisingly modern advice from a very old book with Raphael Zarum.

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Yascha Mounk: The Identity Trap (Online streaming)

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Barack Obama’s ‘favourite political thinker’ on identity politics.

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Louis Jacobs’ Quest (Online streaming)

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Miri Freud-Kandel, Modern Judaism lecturer at Oxford, joins us online with the first book-length analysis of the late New London Synagogue rabbi’s theology.

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Maestros & Monsters: Sontag & Steiner (Online streaming)

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Robert Boyers discusses his friends Susan Sontag and George Steiner, two of the most notable secular Jewish intellectuals of the last century, who shared a mutual dislike and mistrust.

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Breaking Through Depression (Online streaming)

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US National Institute of Health depressive illness expert Philip Gold on its profound impact on physical health, and the latest innovations offering hope for healing.

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Jewish Priorities (Online streaming)

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Ruth Wisse, Yossi Klein Halevi and David Hazony discuss proposals for the future of the Jewish people.

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Robert Alter on Amos Oz (Online streaming)

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The critic and translator brings the first published biography of one of Israel’s most prominent writers to Book Week, exploring his novels, essays, activism and family life.

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Maimonides: Faith in Reason (Online streaming)

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Leading bibliophile Alberto Manguel with his Jewish Lives biography of the medieval philosopher, physician and scholar.

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Kabbalah in Modern Literature (Online streaming)

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Professor Moshe Idel, “the most important scholar of Jewish mysticism since Gershom Scholem” on the influence of Kabbalah on modern literature.

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Sheila Heti in Conversation with Mia Levitin (Online Streaming)

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Motherhood and Pure Colour novelist Sheila Heti joins literary critic Mia Levitin online from Toronto with one of 2024’s most-anticipated books, the passionate, reflective, joyful and despairing Alphabetical Diaries.

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Hadley Freeman: Good Girls

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The House of Glass author and Sunday Times staff writer joins us to discuss Good Girls: A Story & Study of Anorexia, her honest and hopeful book combining personal experience and journalistic skills.

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Israeli Fiction Today

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‘Leading lights of Israel’s literary landscape’ Lavie Tidhar and Ayelet Gundar-Goshen join Josh Glancy.

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Laugh Lines: Helen Lederer & Sara Gibbs

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‘Absolutely Fabulous’ star Helen Lederer and ‘Have I Got News For You’ writer Sara Gibbs on the importance of funny books, as well as their careers on page, stage and screen.

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Daniel Finkelstein

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Festival favourite Daniel Finkelstein joins Caroline Moorehead with Hitler, Stalin, Mum & Dad, his deeply moving, at times horrifying, bestselling memoir of the almost unimaginable bravery of two ordinary families.

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