List of British Jewish writers

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List of British Jewish writers is a list that includes writers (novelists, poets, playwrights, journalists and others) from the United Kingdom and its predecessor states who are or were Jewish or of Jewish descent.

Authors, A-J

His children, Giles and Victoria, are also writers

Authors, K-Z

Jewish Chronicle 13/3/1998 p1: "Dame Muriel Spark, the author of "The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie" and several other celebrated works, is halachically Jewish." (Says her mother was Jewish too.)
"Israel Zangwill, Anglo-Jewish writer and political activist, was probably the best known Jew in the English-speaking world at the start of the twentieth century."


"Abstract: "Difference at War" is a comparative study of three Jewish poet-soldiers of the First World War: Siegfried Sassoon, Isaac Rosenberg, and U. Z. Grinberg. ... The poetry of each of these Jewish poets was transformed by the War"





  1. Wikipedia, Who's Who in the World, Encyclopoedia Judaica reviews Observer Times Telegraph New Statesman Spectator
  2. Obituary, Jewish Chronicle, Dec. 10, 1982
  3. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography: "the elder son of Enoch Cohen, a Jewish confectioner, and his wife, Deborah Barnett"
  4. The Express 15 January 2005; David Robson at large: "a book of pieces by Alan Coren, a Jewish humorous writer"
  5. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography: "the second of the three sons (there were no daughters) of James Isaac Ellmann, lawyer, a Jewish Romanian immigrant, and his wife, Jeanette Barsook, an immigrant from Kiev in Ukraine"
  6. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography: "His parents were Orthodox Jews"
  7. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography: "In spite of his Jewish descent his sympathies were with the extreme right"
  8. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography: "he was of Portuguese Jewish descent"
  9. [1] "Anglo-Indian writer ... Ruth Prawer Jhabvala was born in Cologne, Germany. Her father, a lawyer, was of Polish-Jewish origin and her mother was German-Jewish. Jhabvala attended Jewish segregated school before she emigrated in 1939 with her family to Britain." Accessed 1 Nov 2006.
  10. Dictionary of National Biography: "Jewish controversialist, born in London in 1740, was son of Mordecai Levi, a member of the London congregation of German and Polish Jews"
  11. The Independent Feb 7, 2005; online here Findarticles accessed 11 Dec 2006
  12. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography: "Her father was in the lace trade, and the family were freethinking Jews"
  13. Anglo-Jewish poetry from Isaac Rosenberg to Elaine Feinstein" by Peter Lawson; ISBN 0-85303-617-9
  14. Concise Dictionary of National Biography: "born Umberto Wolff in Milan of Jewish parentage"
  15. Daily Mail, 21/12/2001, p13: "Conrad Black's wife Barbara Amiel, a Jewish writer"
  16. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography: "as a Jew, and therefore subject to the University Test Acts, Hart decided against university entry"
  17. Jewish Chronicle, July 29, 2005 p.24: "Lawson - one of the few Jewish editors of a national paper"
  18. Concise Dictionary of National Biography: "born in Germany of Hungarian Jewish parents"

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