List of British Jewish writers

List of British Jewish writers is a list that includes writers (novelists, poets, playwrights, journalists and others) from the United Kingdom and its predecessor states who are or were Jewish or of Jewish descent.

Authors, A-J

* Grace Aguilar [http://www.jewishvoices.org/id62.htm] , novelist & poet
* Naomi Alderman [http://books.guardian.co.uk/departments/generalfiction/story/0,,1713557,00.html] , novelist, winner of the Orange Award for new writers 2006
* Lisa Appignanesi [http://www.guardian.co.uk/Archive/Article/0,4273,4176778,00.html] , novelist
* Alain de Botton [http://www.alaindebotton.com/reviews/status_observer.htm] , writer
* Caryl Brahms ["Obituary, Jewish Chronicle", Dec. 10, 1982] , writer
* David Bret biographer, broadcaster & chansonnier (French-born, Jewish father)
* Anita Brookner [http://www.sc.edu/uscpress/2001/3435.html] , novelist
* Ian Buruma [http://www.campusi.com/isbn_0753809540.htm] , Dutch-born journalist and writer
* Elias Canetti [http://switzerland.isyours.com/e/celebrities/bios/165.html] , novelist, Nobel Prize (1981) (Bulgarian-born)
* Chapman Cohen [Oxford Dictionary of National Biography: "the elder son of Enoch Cohen, a Jewish confectioner, and his wife, Deborah Barnett"] , writer on secularism
* Jackie Collins [http://www.nndb.com/people/362/000024290/] , novelist
* Alan Coren [The Express 15 January 2005; David Robson at large: "a book of pieces by Alan Coren, a Jewish humorous writer"] , humorous writer:His children, Giles and Victoria, are also writers
* Charlotte Dacre [http://www.enotes.com/nineteenth-century-criticism/charlotte-dacre] , novelist and poet
* Isaac D'Israeli [http://www.jewishencyclopedia.com/view.jsp?artid=389&letter=D] , writer
* Jenny Diski [http://www.contemporarywriters.com/authors/?p=auth29] writer
* Richard Ellmann [Oxford Dictionary of National Biography: "the second of the three sons (there were no daughters) of James Isaac Ellmann, lawyer, a Jewish Romanian immigrant, and his wife, Jeanette Barsook, an immigrant from Kiev in Ukraine"] , literary scholar and biographer
* Moris Farhi, writer (Turkish born): TimesAd
* Benjamin Farjeon [Oxford Dictionary of National Biography: "His parents were Orthodox Jews"]
** Eleanor Farjeon, daughter of Benjamin Farjeon
* Gilbert Frankau [Oxford Dictionary of National Biography: "In spite of his Jewish descent his sympathies were with the extreme right"] , writer
* Stephen Fry [http://www.stephenfry.com] , actor & writer
* Neil Gaiman [http://www.telegraph.co.uk/.../arts/2005/12/11/bokgaiman.xml&sSheet=/arts/2005/12/11/bomain.html] , fantasy writer
* Louis Golding [http://www.britannica.com/eb/article-9037266/Louis-Golding] , novelist
* Lewis Goldsmith, journalist and political writer [Oxford Dictionary of National Biography: "he was of Portuguese Jewish descent"]
* Linda Grant [http://www.lindagrant.co.uk/bio/biog.htm] , novelist
* Charlotte Haldane [http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/WhaldaneC.htm] , feminist writer
* Basil Henriques [http://members.iinet.net.au/~temdavid/history.html]
* Muriel Gray [http://www.geo.ed.ac.uk/scotgaz/people/famousfirst1146.html] , Author, 'The Tube' presenter.
* Zoë Heller [http://www.randomhouse.com/boldtype/0100/heller/interview.html] , author (Jewish father)
* Noreena Hertz [http://www.jewishbookweek.com/archive/listbyyear.php?DateFrom=2003-01-01&DateTo=2003-12-31] , great granddaughter of Joseph Hertz (Chief Rabbi of the British Empire)
* Joseph Jacobs [http://www.northern.edu/hastingw/jacobs.htm] , folklorist
* Howard Jacobson [http://www.somethingjewish.co.uk/articles/1185_howard_jacobson.htm] , writer & broadcaster
* Ruth Prawer Jhabvala [ [http://www.kirjasto.sci.fi/jhab.htm] "Anglo-Indian writer ... Ruth Prawer Jhabvala was born in Cologne, Germany. Her father, a lawyer, was of Polish-Jewish origin and her mother was German-Jewish. Jhabvala attended Jewish segregated school before she emigrated in 1939 with her family to Britain." Accessed 1 Nov 2006.] novelist and screenwriter
* Gabriel Josipovici, novelist and short story writer (JYB 2005 p215)

Authors, K-Z

* Judith Kerr [http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/womanshour/2002_39_mon_02.shtml] , children's writer
* Matthew Kneale [http://www.ajr.org.uk/pastjournal53.htm] , writer (Jewish mother)
* Arthur Koestler [http://www.nytimes.com/books/first/c/cesarini-koestler.html] , novelist & critic
* Marghanita Laski [http://www.persephonebooks.co.uk/pages/authors/marghanita_laski.htm] , writer
* Sir Sidney Lee (1859-1926) [http://www.ibiblio.org/yiddish/Book/Cohen/gencul.html] , biographer and literary scholar
* Joseph Leftwich [http://www.jewishquarterly.org/article.asp?articleid=21] , writer, one of the Whitechapel Boys
* David Levi [Dictionary of National Biography: "Jewish controversialist, born in London in 1740, was son of Mordecai Levi, a member of the London congregation of German and Polish Jews"] , writer on Jewish subjects
* Amy Levy, 1861-1889, poet, novelist, short story writer, essayist.
* Paul Levy, food writer, biographer. Long rabbinical pedigree, vide "Finger Lickin' Good: A Kentucky Childhood," (London 1986)
* Leo Marks [http://www.mishalov.com/Marks.html] , cryptographer & screenwriter
* Maisie Masco,writer
* Anna Maxted, writer, journalist
* George Mikes, Encyclopaedia Judaica vol 6, column 789, Hungarian-born comic writer
* Santa Montefiore ["The Independent" Feb 7, 2005; online here [http://www.findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_qn4158/is_20050207/ai_n9500063 Findarticles] accessed 11 Dec 2006] , author (convert)
* Simon Sebag Montefiore [http://www.www.simonsebagmontefiore.com] , writer
* Harold Pinter [http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/stage/chi-0510140281oct14,1,6612239.story?coll=chi-ent_theater-hed] , writer, playwright
* Frederic Raphael [http://www.catbirdpress.com/bookpages/ahs.htm] , screenwriter, novelist & critic
* Michael Rosen [http://www.penguin.co.uk/nf/Book/BookDisplay/0,,0_0141010274,00.html] , novelist, poet & broadcaster
* Bernice Rubens [http://www.somethingjewish.co.uk/articles/497_bernice_rubens.htm] , novelist
* Will Self [http://www.bostonphoenix.com/archive/features/00/11/09/WILL_SELF1.html] , novelist (Jewish mother)
* J David Simons, novelist
* Muriel Spark, [http://www.telegraph.co.uk/arts/main.jhtml?xml=/arts/2004/03/07/bospark.xml&sSheet=/arts/2004/03/07/bomain.html] , novelist (Jewish father, possible Jewish mother; converted to Catholicism later in life):"Jewish Chronicle" 13/3/1998 p1: "Dame Muriel Spark, the author of "The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie" and several other celebrated works, is halachically Jewish." (Says her mother was Jewish too.)
* Fredric Warburg, author and publisher
* Stephen Winsten [http://www.jewishquarterly.org/article.asp?articleid=21 Jewish Quarterly article on the Whitechapel Boys] , writer
* Leonard Woolf [http://www.nybooks.com/articles/10994] , writer & activist
* Rachel Zadok [http://observer.guardian.co.uk/foodmonthly/story/0,9950,1546300,00.html] , South African-born novelist
* Israel Zangwill [http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/biography/zangwill.html] , novelist:"Israel Zangwill, Anglo-Jewish writer and political activist, was probably the best known Jew in the English-speaking world at the start of the twentieth century."

Poets

* Dannie Abse [http://lidiavianu.esential.ro/dannie_abse.htm] , poet, brother of Leo Abse and psychoanalyst Wilfred Abse
* Al Alvarez [http://www.quoteopia.com/famous.php?quotesby=alalvarez] , poet
* Ivor Cutler [http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/h2g2/A855218] , poet, humorist, musician
* Elaine Feinstein [http://www.jwn.org.uk/celebrating06.html] , poet, writer, biographer
* Rose Fyleman [Oxford Dictionary of National Biography: "Her father was in the lace trade, and the family were freethinking Jews"] , children's writer
* Karen Gershon [http://www.fiveleaves.co.uk/jewish-int.html] , German-born poet
* Philip Hobsbaum [http://books.guardian.co.uk/obituaries/story/0,11617,1522850,00.html] , poet
* Jenny Joseph, poet (The Times (London); 23/11/02; Amanda Craig; p. 6)
* Laurence Lerner [http://jewish-books.net/findBy_AuthName/find_Laurence_Lerner.html] , poet (born South Africa)
* Denise Levertov [http://www.nndb.com/people/161/000032065/] [http://www.library.gsu.edu/research/resources.asp?ldID=19&guideID=465&resourceID=3#2989] , poet, born in England
* Peter Levi [http://www.llamagraphics.com/Meadow/Books/LightGarden.html] , poet (born Jewish; family converted to Catholicism)
* Amy Levy [http://www.jewishvoices.org/id63.htm] , poet & novelist
* Vivian de Sola Pinto [http://www.cronaca.com/archives/001641.html] , poet
* John Rodker, poet and publisher: "Anglo-Jewish poetry from Isaac Rosenberg to Elaine Feinstein" by Peter Lawson; ISBN 0-85303-617-9
* Isaac Rosenberg [http://www.bbk.ac.uk/english/skc/rosenberg/] , war poet
* Siegfried Sassoon [http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/shofar/v021/21.1matalon.html] , poet:"Abstract: "Difference at War" is a comparative study of three Jewish poet-soldiers of the First World War: Siegfried Sassoon, Isaac Rosenberg, and U. Z. Grinberg. ... The poetry of each of these Jewish poets was transformed by the War"
* Jon Silkin [http://www.bookrags.com/Jon_Silkin] , poet
* Humbert Wolfe [Concise Dictionary of National Biography: "born Umberto Wolff in Milan of Jewish parentage"] , poet and civil servant

Playwrights

* Peter Barnes [http://www.guardian.co.uk/obituaries/story/0,3604,1253915,00.html] , playwright
* Ronald Harwood [http://www.forward.com/issues/2003/03.09.05/faces.html] , playwright & screenwriter
* Patrick Marber [http://www.theage.com.au/articles/2003/07/16/1058035067681.html] , playwright & comedian
* Harold Pinter [http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/stage/chi-0510140281oct14,1,6612239.story?coll=chi-ent_theater-hed] , playwright
* Jack Rosenthal [http://www.museum.tv/archives/etv/R/htmlR/rosenthalja/rosenthalja.htm] , TV playwright
* Peter & Anthony Shaffer [http://www.guardian.co.uk/obituaries/story/0,3604,589481,00.html] , playwrights
* Tom Stoppard [http://www.curtainup.com/stoppard.html] , playwright
* Alfred Sutro [http://www.ibiblio.org/yiddish/Book/Cohen/gencul.html] , playwright
* Arnold Wesker [http://www.contemporarywriters.com/authors/?p=auth224] , playwright

Journalists

* Barbara Amiel [Daily Mail, 21/12/2001, p13: "Conrad Black's wife Barbara Amiel, a Jewish writer"]
* Lionel Blue, rabbi and journalist
* Alex Brummer, Economic and financial journalist and biographer
* Ian Buruma [http://www.forward.com/issues/1999/99.06.04/arts.html] , Dutch-born author and journalist
* John Diamond [http://www.guardian.co.uk/obituaries/story/0,3604,445498,00.html] , journalist
* Oliver Finegold [http://media.guardian.co.uk/site/story/0,14173,1409315,00.html] , journalist
* Jonathan Freedland [http://www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,,1666626,00.html] , journalist
* Ernest Abraham Hart [Oxford Dictionary of National Biography: "as a Jew, and therefore subject to the University Test Acts, Hart decided against university entry"]
* Christopher Hitchens [http://observer.guardian.co.uk/worldview/story/0,,683899,00.html] journalist & writer
* Dominic Lawson [Jewish Chronicle, July 29, 2005 p.24: "Lawson - one of the few Jewish editors of a national paper"] , journalist
* Nigella Lawson [http://cowo.culham.ac.uk/assemblies/023s_way.php] , Cookery writer
* Norman Lebrecht [http://www.jewishcomment.com/cgibin/news.cgi?id=11&command=shownews&newsid=269] , journalist, writer & critic
* Bernard Levin [http://www.guardian.co.uk/obituaries/story/0,,1279720,00.html] , journalist & broadcaster
* Emily Maitlis [http://www.ujia.org/jewish_future/educational/ashdown/] , TV newscaster & reporter
* Melanie Phillips [http://pws.prserv.net/mpjr/mp/sp160202.htm] , journalist
* Marjorie Proops [http://www.jewishtribalreview.org/nichols.htm] , agony aunt
* Richard Quest [http://media.guardian.co.uk/mediaguardian/story/0,,1946121,00.html] , CNN International anchorman
* Kimberly Quinn [http://www.telegraphindia.com/1050312/asp/opinion/story_4483169.asp] , publisher
* Claire Rayner [http://www.somethingjewish.co.uk/articles/46_interview_with_clair.htm] , agony aunt
* Jon Ronson, [http://dir.salon.com/story/people/conv/2002/03/14/ronson/index.html] Journalist, author, documentary filmmaker and radio presenter.
* Jon Sopel, [http://www.bbc.co.uk/pressoffice/biographies/biogs/news/jonsopel.shtml] Journalist, presents "The Politics Show" on BBC One and is one of the lead presenters on News 24.
* Jim Rosenthal, TV sports journalist & presenter (The Observer (London); 18/12/05; p. 6)
* Mark Steyn [http://www.marksteyn.com] journalist & writer
* Victor Weisz, "Vicky" [Concise Dictionary of National Biography: "born in Germany of Hungarian Jewish parents"] , cartoonist
* Nicky Woolf, journalist

References

* JYB = Jewish Year Book
* TimesAd: "The Times", 6/7/06 p34: "A Call by Jews in Britain" (advert signed by 300 British Jews)

Footnotes

External links

* [http://www.jinfo.org Jinfo]

ee also

*List of Scottish Jews#Arts, literature and music
*Lists of Jews
*List of British Jews


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