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What makes a Jewish book, Colm Toibin on Natalia Ginzburg, Censorship in Kuwait

Novelists Charlotte Mendelson and Nathan Englander discuss what makes a book Jewish and Colm Toibin explains why we should all be reading the Italian writer Natalia Ginzburg.

As Jewish Book Week comes to an end, novelists Charlotte Mendelson and Nathan Englander reflect on what makes a Jewish book, and whether the experience of being a Jewish writer differs between the US and UK.

Colm Tóibín offers a reader's guide to the Italian writer Natalia Ginzburg whose books are gaining fans beyond Italy, thirty years after her death.

Kuwaiti writer Layla AlAmmar discusses her debut novel The Pact We Made and reflects on a recent controversy over censored books in her home country.

And comedian and presenter Dara O'Briain explains why his copy of Stephen Hawking's A Brief History of Time is the book he'd never lend.

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