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6 November 2009updated 27 Sep 2015 4:07am

Shlomo Sand in conversation with the New Statesman

The Invention of the Jewish People

By Jonathan Derbyshire

This coming Monday, 9 November, I’ll be chairing an “In conversation with the New Statesman” event at Borders, on the Charing Cross Road in London, with Professor Shlomo Sand, author of The Invention of the Jewish People, and Denis MacShane MP. The discussion begins at 6.30pm and admission is free. I do hope as many readers as possible are able to make it.

Here is what the publisher, Verso, says about Sand’s book:

The Israelites were never exiled from the Promised Land — and therefore have no right to return. And the present-day Palestinian Arabs are the true heirs of the biblical Jews. So finds Professor Shlomo Sand in the book that sent shock waves across Israeli society.

“I could not have gone on living in Israel without writing this book. I don’t think books can change the world — but when the world begins to change, it searches for different books.” Shlomo Sand

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After nearly two years on Israel’s bestseller list, its translation into more than a dozen languages and winning France’s coveted Aujourd’hui Award — given by journalists to the best work of historical or political non-fiction — The Invention of the Jewish People is finally available in English.