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Two cousins search for their Jewish identity in the Paris of 2015

About the Author

Jude Cook is the author of Byron Easy, which was published by Heinemann in 2013. He writes for the Guardian, TheSpectator, Literary Review, New Statesman,TLS and the i paper, while his essays and short fiction have appeared in Stockholm Review, The Moth, The Tangerine and The Honest Ulsterman, among others. In 2017, he was longlisted for the Pin Drop RA short story award, and in 2018 for the Colm Toibin International Short Story Award. He is an editor for The Literary Consultancy and teaches creative writing at the University of Westminster. He lives in London.



  • 'Set against a backdrop of rising antisemitism and full of intellectual discourse, Cook's second novel is a thoughtful paean to Paris' Daily Mail
  • 'A portrait of the middle-class, liberal man in 2015 as a kind of prelapsarian naif' Literary Review
  • 'Intriguing . . . The narrative moves slowly and magnificently towards a series of crises' TLS
  • 'A well-crafted and intelligent novel' Birmingham Jewish Recorder
  • 'A witty, tender novel of personal identity, belonging and loss' Wasafiri Magazine
  • 'Astute, funny, elegant meditation on identity . . . full of energy with an alluring Parisian glow' Diana Evans, author of Ordinary People
  • 'Generous, urbane, zestful . . . a Francophile's feast' Rob Doyle, author of Threshold
  • 'With sly humour, and in a style that is ruminative and unabashedly cerebral, Cook joins the ranks of writers like David Szalay in turning a critical, questing gaze on modern masculinity' Marina Benjamin, author of Insomnia
  • 'Original in story, playfully Edwardian in style and voice' Caoilinn Hughes, author of The Wild Laughter
  • 'A witty, angry and charismatic novel about love, family and identity' Sam Mills, author of Fragments of My Father

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