SALMAN RUSHDIE: OH DEAR

          The first recorded Muslim book-burning in Britain took place in east London in 1938. By symbolically burning A Short History of the World by HG Wells the Muslim community hoped to avenge its portrayal of the Prophet Mohamad as a “man of considerable vanity, greed, cunning and self-deception”. Half a century later, in 1989, another …

EDMUND DE WAAL’S NEW BOOK

      When is a life worth telling? Edmund de Waal’s haunting account of a Parisian collector and the fate of his Jewish family during the German occupation of France combines ghastly drama with domestic detail, in a jewel-like amalgam of history and personal reflection that absorbs from start to finish. Ten years on from The Hare with Amber …