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THE J-WORD

The J-Word, by Andrew Sanger (ISBN:9781905005956)

 

 
 
Andrew Sanger discussed The J-Word at Hampstead & Highgate Literary Festival on 14 September 2009 Andrew Sanger was interviewed about The J-Word at Jewish Book Week 2009
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“A beautiful, thoughtful portrait of the anxieties and paradoxes of modern Jewish life.”

 – Linda Grant
Linda Grant website



“Moving, funny and uplifting... one of the most interesting, charming and well-written novels about being Jewish and English ever.”

 – Amanda Craig
Amanda Craig website



“A charming tale... a delightful read. A vivid picture of the perplexing muddle that is the capital’s Jewish population today.”

 – Jewish Chronicle
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“For an exploration of Jewish identity, I strongly recommend Andrew Sanger's novel The J-Word.”

 – Ruth Gledhill, The Times
Comment in news article about JFS legal case -
Full article available online



“The most fantastic novel I've read for many a year. I strongly recommend it. When I got to the end I turned back to page one and read it again. It was just as good second time round.”

 – Chas Newkey-Burden, oyvagoy.com



“[The] long-sustained quest to become truly “English” and fully assimilated is a situation quite familiar to readers of Jewish-American literature. But the book also reflects newer aspects of Jewish contemporary experience that cannot fail to resonate in an American reader just as they might in an English one.”

 – Erika Dreifus
Erika Dreifus website Read full review online



“Every so often one comes across a book...that inspires introspection. The J-Word is a reminder that... there is something deeply ingrained in Jewish identity that connects us all.”

 – Jewish Book Council, New York
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“A fascinating exposure of the vagaries of Jewish identity and its impact on individual lives. A considerable achievement.”

 – Hampstead & Highgate Express
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(NB: Review spans page fold and is headed: "Debut's impressive stroll around the Jewish north")



“Fast-moving and thought-provoking. A thrilling read.”

Canada Post



“A remarkably accomplished debut from a talented writer.”

 – Modern British Fiction, suite101.com
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“Paradoxes are integral to The J-Word, the accomplished first novel of travel writer Andrew Sanger, which brings to life the vagaries of Jewish identity against a vivid north-west London backdrop.”

 – AJR Journal
Journal of the Association of Jewish Refugees in Great Britain



“Witty, plausible, keeps you guessing to the end... a really good read.”

 – Wessex Jewish News


 

About The J-Word

“Did I say I was Jewish? I should be Jewish all of a sudden?”
  Argumentative, Yiddish-speaking, 80-year-old Jack Silver has reluctantly returned to Golders Green to care for his 10-year-old grandson, Danny.
  Unpredictable and outspoken but warm-hearted, Jack is resolutely secular and repudiates everything Jewish.
  His profoundly troubled son, a successful journalist, has followed in his footsteps, while the brilliant young Danny has been kept in ignorance of his Jewish heritage.
  When Jack is beaten up by an antisemitic gang, it changes everything. He and Danny secretly set out to outwit and track down the thugs and bring them to justice.
  The hunt takes Jack into memories of his own childhood and the two unlikely heroes discover a shared identity spanning generations that eventually draws the whole family together.

PRICE: UK£7.99 / US$14.95.   Published by Snowbooks
Publication date: UK - 19 January 2009, USA - January 2010.
Paperback: 352 pages (105,000 words) Perfect bound.
ISBN-10: 1905005954. ISBN-13: 978-1905005956.
Kindle Edition: published 1 December 2011.


About Andrew Sanger
 

Andrew Sanger is a well-established award-winning freelance journalist and travel writer who has lived and worked in several countries, including Greece, India, the USA and the Languedoc region of southern France. He now lives in the New Forest, on England's south coast.
  Andrew has contributed to a wide spectrum of print and online publications, including most of the UK's national newspapers and many popular magazines. In addition, he has written about forty travel guides, especially on France, Ireland, Belgium, the Canary Islands and Israel, with his two most recent guidebooks (both to Normandy, France) published in 2013. Also in 2013, he published a second novel, The Slave, dealing with issues around human trafficking and social cohesion. His third novel, Love, set in the hippy years, was published in 2015.
  Andrew is currently writing a fourth novel, about a woman at the end of her life.

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