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Pomeranski By Gerald Jacobs

Pomeranski by Gerald Jacobs

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An ode to post-war Jewish Brixton and its unique cast of characters, Pomeranski is riotous and profound in equal measure as it recreates a vibrant era deserving of a place in our collective memory.

Pomeranski Summary

Pomeranski by Gerald Jacobs

As Benny 'the Fixer' Pomeranski is laid to rest on a cold November morning at the turn of the twenty-first century, a motley crew of survivors from his youth assembles around the grave, its members 'identified by their lived-in faces - faces that indicated a singular kind of past, a chequered hinterland.' This encounter with the past, and the discovery of his father Benny's diaries, leads Simon Pomeranski back to his childhood and the post-war days of the Astorians, a small group of criminals and traders in 'swag' who ran their business from Brixton Market and exercised their own particular brand of justice. From this wonderful assortment of characters we are introduced to 'Spanish' Joe, the cultured Russian emigre, Sam 'the Stick', with his wounded machismo and penchant for violent retribution, and the dazzling songstress Estelle, among others. Front and centre in their world, though, is Benny himself, the autodidact owner of Pomeranski Gowns, whose passionate affair with Estelle marks the beginning of a new era for the Astorians. Both riotous and profound, this novel resurrects a vibrant era that deserves a place in our collective memory.

Pomeranski Reviews

Praise for Pomeranski: 'The characters come rolling off the page... This is vivid, compelling, and true to life. Indeed, it is about a life long gone, but so much not forgotten.' Julia Neuberger; 'Fizzing with life both low and lower, hard to put down, impossible to forget.' Rick Gekoski; Praise for Jacobs' previous work: 'There's a deceptive matter-of-factness about Gerald Jacobs' writing which masks an exquisite sadness. His is the art of the refined miniaturist.' Howard Jacobson; 'Everybody should read this book.' Sunday Telegraph; 'Works like Sacred Games make it possible for generations born after the Holocaust to come face to face with its reality.' Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, Financial Times; 'This sweeping, poignant epic is a paean to the power of memory - and love.' Mail on Sunday; 'Constantly gripping and frequently horrifying.' The Times;

About Gerald Jacobs

Gerald Jacobs is the literary editor of the Jewish Chronicle. His book Sacred Games was published by Hamish Hamilton in 1995, Penguin in 1996 and re-issued by Faber in 2011. He published Nine Love Letters with Quartet in 2016. He lives in London.

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Pomeranski by Gerald Jacobs
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Quartet Books
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The book has been read, but looks new. The book cover has no visible wear, and the dust jacket is included if applicable. No missing or damaged pages, no tears, possible very minimal creasing, no underlining or highlighting of text, and no writing in the margins

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