for forthcoming uk programmes of jewish or israeli interest

Saul Bellow

this morning (monday 1st), 9.02-9.25am, on bbc rado 4 (shortened repeat this evening, 9.30pm)
start the week (presented by andrew marr) leads with …

Saul Bellow was a Canadian-born Jewish boy brought up in Chicago on the wrong side of the tracks. By sheer intelligence and scary determination, he turned himself into one of the great modern novelists – some people would say, the greatest novelist of the past 50 or 60 years – who stands entirely unabashed alongside Dickens and Flaubert.
I’m joined by his new biographer Zacahary Leader to talk about a literary phenomenon.
But why didn’t we in Britain have our Bellows or Philip Roths or John Updikes? Linda Grant, a hugely successful Jewish novelist, is here to reflect on the differences between American and British Jewish experience in the twentieth century.”

(if you missed it, available from 0:02:20 to 0:25:00 at


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