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If you’ve been anywhere near a TV, a comedy club or a radio over the last 30 years you will know of David Baddiel, comedian, columnist, novelist and – lest we forget – co-writer of the “Three Lions on a Shirt” football anthem. He is a man with hinterland, who says what he thinks and really thinks about what he says.
Never was this truer than with his powerful and important “Jews Don’t Count”, by which Baddiel means “as a real minority” and he brings an abundance of examples and observations to his argument.
In this short and searingly heartfelt polemic, Baddiel unpicks the original racism - anti-Semitism - and analyses why, and how, Jews are still cast in the dual roles as thieving and deceitful and at the same time powerful, rich and ultimately privileged.
Seasoned with humour and leavened with Baddiel’s very personal perspective and style, his argument is made all the more persuasive with straightforward prose that makes this as eminently readable as it is hugely important.
At heart he asks the question “Do you think of Jews as part of the BAME community?” By the time you’ve finished reading this, Baddiel will have convinced you that you should.
The LoveReading LitFest invited David Baddiel to the festival to talk about Jews Don't Count.
You can view the event by subscribing to the LitFest programme for as little as £6 per month - or you can pay per view. For just £2, go, see David in conversation with Julia Wheeler and find out why everyone should read this book.
Check out a preview of the event here
Jews Don't Count is a book for people who consider themselves on the right side of history. People fighting the good fight against homophobia, disablism, transphobia and, particularly, racism. People, possibly, like you. It is the comedian and writer David Baddiel's contention that one type of racism has been left out of this fight. In his unique combination of close reasoning, polemic, personal experience and jokes, Baddiel argues that those who think of themselves as on the right side of history have often ignored the history of anti-Semitism. He outlines why and how, in a time of intensely heightened awareness of minorities, Jews don't count as a real minority: and why they should.
'Jews Don't Count is a supreme piece of reasoning and passionate, yet controlled, argument. From his first sentence, the energy, force and conviction of Baddiel's writing and thinking will transfix you...as readable as an airport thriller...a masterpiece.'
'I don't think I have ever been so grateful to anyone for writing a book. Baddiel's Jews Don't Count is incisive, urgent, surprisingly funny and short. It's also a beautiful piece of publishing. It needs to be read'
'Brilliant, furious, uncomfortable, funny. Essential reading.'
'I'm about a quarter of the way into this thus far and it's very well argued and written. It's a book you know the author HAD to write, and those are the best books'
'I only big up work I really believe is good and this is extra-ordinarily good. And important'
'This is brilliant - funny and furious, mostly at the same time'
'A convincing and devastating charge sheet'
'It is so gripping - I read it in a single sitting'
STEPHEN BUSH, THE TIMES
'A fascinating book, I urge you to read it'
'this short and powerful book shows, with remarkable humanity and humour, that no contemporary conversation about racism is complete without confronting antisemitism. An essential read - and a compulsory one too, if I had my way.'
'Funny, complex and intellectually satisfying - a really good piece of work'
'Patient, clear and persuasive - which makes it not just admirable but valuable'
'Just so brilliantly argued and written, I was completely swept along'
'David Baddiel is a brilliant thinker and writer. Even when I disagree with him - especially when I disagree with him - I feel profound gratitude for his intellectual and moral clarity. This is a brave and necessary book.'
Jonathan Safran Foer
Publication date: 04/02/2021
Publisher: TLS Books an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
|Publication date:||4th February 2021|
|Publisher:||TLS Books an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers|
|Genres:||History, The Real World,|
|Categories:||Social discrimination & inequality, Political ideologies,|
David Baddiel was born in 1964 in Troy, New York, but grew up and lives in London. An accomplished comedian, author, screenwriter and television presenter, David Baddiel returned to stand-up comedy in 2013 with his critically acclaimed show, Fame: Not The Musical. In June 2016 David Baddiel’s first children’s novel, The Parent Agency won the LOLLIE award for ‘best laugh out loud book for 9-13 year olds’ and is currently developed into a feature film by Fox 2000, written and produced by David himself, alongside Academy Award and BAFTA winning producer Ruth Kenley-Letts. David subsequently published further children&...More About David Baddiel