To celebrate Jewish Book Week, here’s four novels you might enjoy from 70AD to current times. This literary festival takes place in London, and is a nine day festival to celebrate Jewish literature, ideas and culture. For more information www.jewishbookweek.com
The dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman –Rated 5* by three readers. The lives of four sensuous, bold and remarkable women intersect in the year 70AD, in the desperate days of the siege of Masada, when supplies are dwindling and the Romans are drawing near. All are dovekeepers, and all are keepers of secrets – about who they are, where they come from, who fathered them, and whom they love
The Boston girl by Anita Diamant –Told against the backdrop of World War I, and written with the same immense emotional impact that has made Diamant’s previous novels bestsellers, ‘The Boston Girl’ is a moving portrait of one woman’s complicated life in the early 20th century, and a window into the lives of all women seeking to understand the world around them
The emperor of lies by Steve Sem-Sandberg –From one of Scandinavia’s most critically acclaimed and bestselling authors, ‘The Emperor of Lies’ chronicles the tale of Rumkowski’s monarchical rule over a quarter of a million Jews. 5*
A replacement life by Boris Fishman –A failing young Russian American journalist’s life is unexpectedly transformed when he forges Holocaust restitution claims for his rogue grandfather and his friends.