Chaim Bermant

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Chaim Icyk Bermant (26 February 1929 – 20 January 1998) was a prominent Anglo-Jewish journalist, author and wit. Born in Braslava, Latvia, he spent much of his childhood in Scotland. He was educated at Queen's Park Secondary School in Glasgow, Glasgow University, where he graduated in economics, and the London School of Economics.

He contributed regularly to The Jewish Chronicle and occasionally to the national press, particularly The Observer. An Orthodox Jew and supporter of Israel, he was freely critical of both. He wrote several novels and non-fiction works, mostly on the quirks of British Jewish society.



  • Belshazzar
  • Ben Preserve Us
  • Berl Make Tea
  • The Companion
  • Dancing Bear
  • Diary Of An Old Man
  • Here Endeth The Lesson
  • House Of Women
  • Jericho Sleep Alone
  • The Last Supper
  • Now Dowager
  • Now Newman Was Old
  • The Patriarch
  • Roses are Blooming in Picardy
  • The Squire Of Bor Shachor
  • The Second Mrs Whitberg
  • Swinging In The Rain
  • Titch
  • The Walled Garden


  • The Cousinhood
  • Ebla
  • Israel
  • Murmurings of A Licensed Heretic
  • On The Other Hand
  • The Jews
  • London's East End: Point of Arrival
  • Lord Jacobovits: an Authorised Biography of the Chief Rabbi
  • Troubled Eden: An Anatomy of British Jewry
  • What's the Joke: A Study of Jewish Humour through the Ages


  • Genesis: A Latvian Childhood
  • Coming Home

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