Reviews


Be good to yourself: don’t read this

Book review for the Jewish Chronicle posted April 17 2019 In some ways, I have to admire Israeli Nir Hezroni — or his agent. To have persuaded a publisher to destroy trees for his new book Last Instructions Point Blank, £8.99 (translated by Steven Cohen), and his previous outing, Three Envelopes, takes chutzpah of an […]

  • 17 April, 2019

Reviews of the Little Drummer Girl episodes 1-6 for the Jewish Chronicle

Episode 1 If there is an overriding impression to take away from John le Carre’s epic thriller The Little Drummer Girl, it is the dismal whiff of cigarettes and failure. The Le Carre novel, published in 1983, was set in 1979. And anyone who lived through the 70s will remember the decade for one thing — it […]

  • 13 November, 2018

Moscow mayhem Episode 8

McMafia Ep 8 for JC from Jenni Frazer February 9 2018 It is perhaps worth reminding ourselves, as McMafia disappears into the collective hive memory, how we started out just two months ago: a Russian Jewish family living in London, with a criminal past back in Moscow, and an apparently squeaky clean heir who was […]

  • 26 February, 2018

Moscow mayhem Episode 7

McMafia Episode 7 by Jenni Frazer I am beginning to feel, after seven episodes of McMafia, that even I could manage a little Russian vocab — and thus can be forgiven for laughing when James Norton’s Alex earnestly tells a member of a Mexican cartel that his unique selling point in this Game of Thugs […]

  • 26 February, 2018

Moscow mayhem Episode 6

McMafia Episode Six January 2018 by Jenni Frazer Evil Vadim’s parting shot to Alex last week, “Give my regards to your family” began to come creepily true in this week’s Episode Six of McMafia, as EV pondered the many ways in which he could make Alex suffer for scuppering his plans for international world domination […]

  • 26 February, 2018

Moscow mayhem Episode 5

McMafia Episode 5 for the JC from Jenni Frazer Departing from its usual format, this week’s entertaining McMafia confined its locations to London and Israel — both Tel Aviv and Eilat. And heavens, Alex Godman was actually a functioning person, rather than a cardboard cut-out as in previous episodes. So what did we learn? We […]

  • 26 February, 2018

Moscow mayhem Episode 4

McMafia Episode 4 for JC by Jenni Frazer We are halfway through the BBC’s gripping thriller, McMafia, but I regret to report that the Russian Family Godman has got no better at being Jewish than in previous episodes. Sadly, they don’t appear to know the difference between the toast “l’chaim” and wishing someone “long life”, […]

  • 26 February, 2018

Moscow mayhem Episode 3

Mcmafia Jan 7 episode fromJenni Frazer Some people’s ideas of a gift are not yours or mine. I wouldn’t, for example, offer you a badly beaten up and chained individual and offer him as a present in exchange for a word in someone else’s shell-like. Nevertheless, that was the goodie offered to Alex Godman (James […]

  • 26 February, 2018

McMafia Episode Seven: Alex speaks!

McMafia Episode 7 for the JC January 2018 I am beginning to feel, after seven episodes of McMafia, that even I could manage a little Russian vocab — and thus can be forgiven for laughing when James Norton’s Alex earnestly tells a member of a Mexican cartel that his unique selling point in this Game […]

  • 8 February, 2018

Moscow mayhem Episodes 1 and 2

McMafia review for the Jewish Chronicle published January 5 2018 Well, who knew that a caviar knife could inflict so much damage? Plainly the rabbonim were on to something when it was decreed that sturgeon caviar was not kosher, thus ensuring that no observant Jew was ever going to be done away with by the […]

  • 5 January, 2018