I’ve done hundreds of interviews with the famous and the not-so-famous. I do my best to try to ask the questions that anybody would ask if they had access to these subjects. So I do lots of research and present in-depth portraits, conscious that any interview can only skim the surface and be a snapshot of a person’s thoughts and feelings on that day, on that date.
If you want to check out a (partial) list of the hundreds of interviews I’ve done over the years, please take a look.
Ruth Smeeth for JN December 2019 The former Labour MP Ruth Smeeth, who lost her Stoke North seat to her Conservative opponent last week, has said she is “devastated” by the result, not for herself but for her constituents. And she said: “I beg everyone in the Jewish community to join the Jewish Labour Movement […]
Norman Lebrecht by Jenni Frazer for JC September 19 2019 It is, says Norman Lebrecht, a question which has occupied him for half his life. For a short, intense period of time — 100 years or so — a “handful” of people appeared on the public stage “and changed the way we see the world”. […]
For the Jewish Chronicle August 1 2019 Most of us, I would guess, cannot imagine what it takes to be a member of Britain’s front-line emergency service, our firefighters. The visceral fear we are taught relating to fire, when we are tiny children, usually extends for our entire lives. And so Sabrina Cohen-Hatton is doubly […]
For the Jewish Chronicle August 1 2019 It’s not easy speaking to Dr Howard Kaye. On the last day of Passover this year, a Shabbat, he heard the sound of gunfire in the foyer of his synagogue in Poway, a small town near San Diego. Dr Kaye, a rheumatoid specialist, rushed out to see what […]
For the Jewish News July 26 2019 One of Labour’s most outspoken MPs, Wes Streeting, has told Jewish News that he “doesn’t know how Jeremy Corbyn sleeps at night”, and that he has “given up hope that the party will tackle antisemitism while Corbyn is leader”. Mr Streeting was speaking on the eve of a […]
For the Times of Israel posted July 26 2019 With the air of a triumphant conjurer, Benjamin Dreyer, the copy editors’ copy editor — he is the veteran copy chief of Random House publishers — says that in his new book, “Dreyer’s English”, there are two important Yiddish words. “There’s a ‘geshrei’ and there’s an […]
For the Times of Israel posted July 27 2019 “When it comes to fighting antisemitism”, says the British Labour MP John Mann, “it’s not enough for us to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the Jewish community, when they [antisemites] are throwing the stones of hatred, of bitterness, of bile. We have to stand in front of [Jews] […]
For the Jewish News July 15 2019 One of Labour’s most outspoken MPs, Wes Streeting, has told Jewish News that he “doesn’t know how Jeremy Corbyn sleeps at night”, and that he has “given up hope that the party will tackle antisemitism while Corbyn is leader”. Mr Streeting was speaking on the eve of a […]
Howard Jacobson for the JC published July 4 2019 By his own admission, Howard Jacobson is not “a planning” sort of writer. Things take him by surprise, he says. Just the same, the Booker prize-winning author has been thoroughly swept off his feet by the female protagonist of his latest novel, Live a Little. Beryl […]
For the Jewish News March 31 2019 The Labour Party “has to prove it is not institutionally antisemitic”, says its parliamentary candidate for the Jewish community stronghold of Hendon, David Pinto-Duschinsky. And he adds that the events of the last months in respect of antisemitism in the party “break my heart”. Pinto-Duschinsky, who actually lives […]