Memories

Jane Shilling has included Memories in her list of ‘Must Reads’ for the Daily Mail, out today. The review is posted below…

Memories by Naim Attallah ( Quartet £15, 278pp)

From a reluctant young apprentice in bleak postwar England to publisher, author, impresario, boulevardier and giver of parties at which his well-bred, young female employees wafted around in rubber dresses – Naim Attallah’s career has been the stuff of legend.
Now, he writes, ‘I’ve almost reached my ninth decade, and it is tough going.’
To celebrate the ‘charms and follies’ of his heyday, he’s compiled a memoir: Attallah met everyone from Dame Margot Fonteyn to Paula Yates, and has relished almost every encounter.
Alongside the fizzy social life, this memoir reminds us that as a publisher, Attallah was a fearless supporter of high-minded literature. And while his protegees may have been posh and pretty, they responded with flair to what one, the author Rebecca Fraser, remembers as his ‘wonderful ability to give responsibility to the young.’

Naim says: Buy the book now and be the first to enjoy his Memories.

Memories

 

Two enterprising books published by Quartet

Rebecca Wallersteiner, writer for medical publication Hippocratic Post, has been isolating with new titles. In her article, she recommends two Quartet titles for the summer ahead…

If you can’t travel abroad during your summer holidays this year, there are still small everyday pleasures to enjoy. Settle into a comfy chair, pour yourself a glass of wine and enjoy Waugh on Wine, this entertaining collection of former Spectator wine critic Auberon Waugh’s writings on wine which sparkles with his legendary wit. On pink champagne, (a personal favourite of mine), he writes, “there is something Barbara Cartlandlish about returning to this great Edwardian favourite. Perhaps it cannot compare, in delicacy or subtlety, to the very best white champagne, but how many of us ever drink the very best?” Pink fizz is much more “festive” to look at. Waugh recommends “hosts that skimp on their wine should be exposed, ridiculed and humiliated” and “anyone with money to spend should spend it on laying down a cellar.” A little dated, it is a must for wine lovers.

One of the most colourful personalities on London’s cultural scene, Naim Attallah has published a diverse roll call of notable literary names throughout the years, including Angela Carter, Brian Sewell and Leni Riefenstahl, to name a few. In Memories Attallah writes entertainingly about his sparkling contemporaries. These range from the violinist and conductor Yehudi Menuhin, politicians Tony Ben and Enoch Powell, to ballerina Margot Fonteyn, founder of Private Eye Richard Ingrams and writer Quentin Crew; to Michael Aspel and the former Chairman of Conde Nast Britain, Nicholas Coleridge. Attallah warmly relates how despite having muscular dystrophy and using a wheelchair the journalist Quentin Crewe never ceased to delight in beautiful women, travel, and partying the night away: he argued that disabled people are not very different to anyone else. Packed with quirky anecdotes, (often about sex), this very funny memoir should appeal to fans of Private Eye. I enjoyed reading it.

Waugh on Wine, by Auberon Waugh, with illustrations by William Rushton, (first published in 1987), re-published in paperback by Quartet Books, priced at £10.

Memories: The charms and follies of a lifetime’s  by Naim Attallah, published by Quartet Books, June 2020 , priced at £15.

MEMORIES

Paul Burke, editor of NB Magazine has reviewed Memories on his blog
Booksplainer. The review will be on NB magazine in a few weeks.

 

 

https://www.quartetbooks.co.uk/shop/memories/

To be different is Quartet’s secret weapon

In today’s upheaval because of the tragic death of so many people all over the world because of the coronavirus , and their fear of catching the disease, most people are confined to their homes where their lack of movements and boredom play havoc with their normal lives. Their only relief is to read books which recall happy times as well as tragic historical events that demanded a great deal of stamina and spiritual hopes making them survive the vicissitudes of time.

At Quartet, we know how important a book can be in these extraordinary times. For that reason, we’re publishing throughout the crisis. Whereas other publishers have halted all publications, we’re carrying on. But we’ve always been different to other publishers! That has always been our strength.

Two weeks ago, we published Pomeranski by Gerald Jacobs which you can buy here: https://www.quartetbooks.co.uk/shop/pomeranski/

This week, we published a revised paperback edition of The Making of an Immigration Judge by James Hanratty:
https://www.quartetbooks.co.uk/shop/the-making-of-an-immigration-judge-revised-edition/

And my new book Memories will be published in June. You can buy an advanced copy here: https://www.quartetbooks.co.uk/shop/memories/

And we have much more coming very soon…

If you’re looking for escapism from these strange and scary times, look no further! You will be most welcome.

Pomeranski

There’s a good piece by Gerald in the Jewish Chronicle publicising his book:

Back when Brixton had Jews

Gerald Jacobs’ new book is set in 1960s Brixton where he grew up

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Brixton market in the 1960s (Photo: Getty Images)

I can’t remember the pet shop’s exact location. I like to think it was in London’s most excitingly named street: Electric Avenue. But it could have been Atlantic Road or Brixton Station Road. It was certainly one of those three busy tributaries that flowed into the main Brixton Road well before the arrival of the Tube station in 1971.

I was with my friend Alex, who was slightly older than I was. He was also bigger, which was significant, because he was wearing a zip-up jacket capacious enough to contain the kitten that I bought for half-a-crown (12.5p).

The shop assistant made no observation regarding the tiny creature’s means of transport to my house (where she would live for about 15 years). He just took the money and handed her over the counter into my hands from where, once we were out of the shop, I placed her in Alex’s jacket.

This is one of a multitude of memories of the loud and luminous part of London where I grew up. Like Caliban’s island in The Tempest, Brixton in the 1950s and ’60s was “full of noises, sounds and sweet airs”. And in those days it had a handsome Orthodox synagogue, a kosher butcher, a Jewish deli, and a Joe Lyons’s tea shop.

Although Pomeranski, my new book, is set mainly in the days and the habitat of my growing up, it is a novel; all the principal characters are invented. But the atmosphere is not. Some scenes take place in the “Excelsior” shopping arcade, which is a lightly disguised version of an actual arcade in the heart of Brixton Market where my parents had a jewellery shop. The arcade is still there but is now part of a quieter, somewhat gentrified culture.

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Back then, it was never quiet and would have been identified more with Jewry than gentry. Almost all of its tradesmen were Jews and quite a few were remarkably flamboyant. A lingerie salesman, for example, who peddled his wares at full volume to the passing shoppers and strollers, was proudly known as “Jack Panties”. Another trader attracted customers by singing and performing handstands.

Both were Jewish, as was the record-shop owner who pioneered new Jamaican music. This really took off in the early 1960s, a decade or so after the Empire Windrush immigration. By then, there was a sizeable demand for all things Caribbean — Pomeranski, too, has a Jamaican sub-plot.

The Caribbean influx helped my father turn his life around after his jewellery business collapsed. He bought himself a camera, knocked on doors and very quickly became the go-to photographer for Jamaican and other West Indian immigrants.

So well did this flourish that my dad became a fixture in the life of Brixton’s black community. Tellingly, when the Brixton riots flared in 1981, and the shops and houses along the street where his studio was situated were burnt and seriously damaged, the studio premises were left untouched.

The most eminent Brixton Jew I was aware of was the distinguished lawyer Victor, later Lord Mishcon. On Rosh Hashanahs, when the synagogue forecourt would be buzzing with teenagers in Yomtov suits and dresses, we would pause at the splendid sight of Victor Mishcon, solitary and upright as a Grenadier Guard, marching along Effra Road towards the shul that his father, Rabbi Arnold Mishcon, had founded in 1905. In my imagination, I can still see Victor in a top hat — though I can’t swear that he actually wore one.

But what was certainly very real was the enchantment experienced at the fabulous, Italianate, Astoria cinema, where my grandmother used to take my two cousins and me (making us change our seats every so often throughout the performance), and the Empress theatre, where hundreds of legendary variety stars played over the years.

It was at these two pleasure palaces where Brixton’s most imposing “noises, sounds and sweet airs” were to be had. But, of course, not all of the noises were wholesome. Plenty of villains have walked its streets — and indeed feature in the pages of Pomeranski.

Today, Brixton, with its ever-changing ethnic and demographic make-up, remains a dynamic location and is currently fashionable again. But little is recognisable from the mid-20th century. The Empress closed in 1957. The Astoria is now the Academy, a major rock music venue. Joe Lyons has gone.

The synagogue was in a conservation area and the building still stands, though its last services took place in the 1980s (one of its subsequent incarnations was as a school for clowns!). The kosher butcher has also long gone. The Jewish deli, too.

The Jews, too.

‘Pomeranski’, by Gerald Jacobs, is published this week by Quartet. Gerald Jacobs is the literary editor of the JC.

Buy the book now and enjoy reading it at your leisure.

Pomeranski

 

An immigration judge writes ( a remarkable man )

Just to let you know that there’s a piece by James Hanratty up on Book
Brunch today:

OpinionBooks Wednesday, 06 May 2020

James Hanratty on why he has needed to bring his memoir up to date
“Why a revised edition now, four years after the first one?” is a legitimate question.

Before I deal with recent developments in immigration law and practice and the wider international and social context from which they derive, it may be helpful to describe the book. It is not yet another boring and self-important memoir from a pompous judge. It is intended to be entertaining, with anecdotes of my time in the Lord Chancellor’s Department in the House of Lords, as chief executive of the Royal Courts of Justice in the Strand, my 22 years in the Royal Naval Reserve at sea and afloat, my time in Hong Kong, where I was the legal adviser on the handover to China, and my 16 years as an immigration judge, when I was lucky to be voted by my colleagues to be the president of the Council of Immigration Judges for the UK, a sort of trade union rep for the judiciary.

As I recall in the book, I was the first judge to hold that a potential victim of FGM was entitled to refugee status here in the UK. I was proud, too, of a case involving a 17-year-old Jamaican girl who was about to be sent back to Jamaica, having been smuggled in aged 11. She had no realistic case in law. However, she was an impressive and intelligent girl. I told the Home Office barrister that I had been to Jamaica and could envisage the life she would lead there, all that education wasted. I asked him to seek instructions as to whether this case should proceed. He returned 30 minutes later to announce that the Home Office was conceding the appeal. Everyone in court, including the judge, burst into tears.

“In the last four years a harsh Home Office regime has been further complicated by ridiculously complex immigration rules and statutes”

That said, I was acutely aware that there were those seeking to play the system by deceit. The task was to identify who was telling the truth and who was lying. The consequences of getting it wrong could have been catastrophic.

I analyse the duties of a judge and the importance of careful preparation and courtesy. As Seneca observed, “Invective against a man in his trial is disgraceful.” I explain why we need immigrants as well as immigration control. I attempt to analyse the complex domestic and international law, and to discuss the plight of migrants and international politics, especially in the Middle East.

I also recall my mistakes, including one that compelled me to own up to Lord Chancellor Hailsham. He was, he told me later, impressed.

Owing to a poor briefing, I nearly ran a minesweeper aground at night off Portugal, only saved because I checked the position by radar. In his foreword, Lord (Peter) Hennessy is kind enough to describe me as having a vivid pen, and able to make the hidden wiring of Whitehall buzz. Another passage in the book concerns my time as chief executive of a mildly shambolic Royal Courts of Justice, when I worked over 80 hours a week to turn it round. I feel now I was one of Dominic Cummings’ “weirdos”, able to manage large organisations without the usual Civil Service qualification of a first in Greats from Oxford!

In the last four years a harsh Home Office regime has been further complicated by ridiculously complex immigration rules and statutes, sometimes utterly baffling and at others contradictory. Amendments to the rules sometimes came monthly, causing confusion to hard-pressed and underpaid lawyers and their clients. No wonder the Court of Appeal has complained about the “impenetrable law”. I give lurid examples in the book.

The Immigration Act 2016 provided for tough measures against illegal immigrants. Even a human rights appeal was barred if the Home Office certified that the appeal was “manifestly unfounded”. A tick box culture prevailed, with discretion limited. The Home Office officials, often junior and poorly trained, believed that if an applicant had no passport, that person must be illegal. Many immigration appeals are no longer allowed. Legal aid has been cut back so much that many appellants have no representative at all. It is so important in cases like these to be patient. I describe recent and sometimes contradictory cases in the higher courts.

This edition not only brings the sad Hong Kong situation to date but examines government proposals and practice in relation to Channel migrants, a points-based system, and even, as proposed in some quarters, an amnesty for illegal immigrants here.

I was appointed to the Windrush Lessons Learned Review. After a year doing extensive pro bono work, we published our report recently. There is a new chapter on the plight of these poorly treated and yet dignified people.

The book is personal too – I write about my family, serious sailing and travel. My time in Hong Kong was so helpful for a subsequent career as an immigration judge, and I recall the clever and intellectual Chinese people I worked with in Hong Kong and elsewhere, including the UN. Meeting and working with people like this is humbling, making one realise that not all we do in applying our law is actually the best way of working. I tried to be a good and fair judge.

This book is supposed to be both interesting and informative, but also thought-provoking and amusing. It is ideal reading in these turbulent and frightening times.

The revised edition of The Making of an Immigration judge is out from Quartet this Thursday, 7 May. Buy this book and find out for yourselves.

The Old Ladies Of Nazareth

Another good review for the Portuguese edition of The Old Ladies Of Nazareth


This time by the critic

Ralph Peter

Naim Attallah – Matrix – A wonderful, engaging and dignified account of a miniseries. In a small book, the author tells us the true story of two courageous and brave ladies residing in Nazareth, in the heart of a mythical Palestine, still with medieval airs. The hardships that these ladies faced, both in the inhospitable city, as well as their family members, made them resilient, bravely strong. Imagine two elderly women, who survived by selling or exchanging flowers from their garden and eggs from their chicken coop, with monks and other residents. The author “smartly” reserved surprising information for the end. Historical, poetic, touching, deserving of applause. It should be read to children. Young people will receive great examples and adults will admire them.

 

Livros em Revista 18 a 20/04/2020

Complete Outsider

For all our readers who missed the review that appeared in the Catholic Herald including myself, on November 7, 2019 by David Platzer on The Complete Outsider by Brian Sewell published by Quartet Books, here it is in full as a reminder of this exceptional writer.

The art critic who could have been a priest
David Platzer

November 7, 2019 at 12:00 am
The art critic who could have been a priest
The Complete Outsider
by Brian Sewell
Quartet, 628pp, £20/$27.50

The art critic who could have been a priest

 

By the end of his life, Brian Sewell (1931-2015) was one of the rare art historians and critics known to the general public. Unabashedly an “elitist” in the best sense of the word, he nevertheless achieved his fame by writing reviews for the mass-audience Evening Standard and appearing on television. Sewell refused to talk down to his readers. Nor did he ever scrap his elegant pronunciation – the norm in Sewell’s 1930s childhood, but out of fashion in later years.

In his reviews, as funny as they were learned, Sewell explained why, say, Leonardo, Titian and Rubens were great, Whistler worthwhile, Cézanne over-rated and conceptual artists such as Damien Hirst, Banksy and Tracey Emin horrors. Sewell dismissed in a way frank to the point of ferocity not only the likes of Hirst and Banksy but also RB Kitaj and even David Hockney who disappointed Sewell in later years though he admired early Hockney.

There was something innocent about Sewell’s refusal to toe the line of an art world he found corrupt. Some compared him to the boy who shouted that the Emperor was unclothed, and he himself called his collection of art reviews Naked Emperors. His love of art was too great and too sincere to endorse work he found over-rated bilge.

Sewell first gained notoriety in 1979 when, ever loyal, he sheltered his mentor, the art historian Anthony Blunt, publicly disgraced as a Soviet spy. Despite encouragement to write about that incident and his time at Christie’s, where he worked in the 1950s and 1960s, Sewell resisted until, at the age of 80, he abandoned his reticence, only to find his first volume turned down, notwithstanding Sewell’s fame, by one publisher after another.

It took Naim Attallah at the independent Quartet to snap up the first volume in 2011, followed the next year by a successor.

In his brief introduction, Attallah tells us that it was typical of Sewell to stick to Quartet, often short of money and not always able to supply his royalties, for the books he published during the few years before his death. Now Quartet has re-released the two volumes in one handsome if hefty tome.

There is something of an old-fashioned novel about the book. In the way of traditional novels, the autobiography tells of a talented boy, hampered by circumstances, (in this case, being born out of wedlock).

In Sewell’s case, there was a predicament unknown in old-fashioned novels: his homosexuality, a factor that played a part in Christie’s refusal to give him the partnership that was his due and led to his subsequent resignation.

Sewell tells that he was in his fifties when his mother told him that he was the son of the composer Philip Heseltine, better known as Peter Warlock. Until her pregnancy, Sewell’s mother, who played the violin and cello, had made her way in London bohemia as an artist’s model. Catholic that she was, she refused the composer’s offer to pay for an abortion, so she told her son. Warlock/Heseltine was soon afterwards found dead, apparently a suicide of coal-gas poisoning, in his flat. Warlock’s often brilliant music is more worthwhile than Sewell gives credit for, but one cannot blame him for being unable to bear it.

Brian’s mother educated her son by taking him to museums and galleries and meeting leading artists. When she married, her husband (who was discovered after his death to have had another wife) gave Brian a surname.

In his youth, Sewell thought of becoming a priest only to abandon the idea because of his sexuality. He wrote that one Sunday on his way to Mass, he challenged God to give him a sign. None came and Sewell went in search of casual sex rather than attending Mass and, from then on, spent much of his free time in pick-ups.

Sewell may have lapsed in favour of agnosticism and sexual promiscuity, but to the end he considered himself a Catholic. His understanding of theology informed eloquent non-art essays attacking abortion and, in 2012, dismissing the same-sex marriage then being promoted by the world’s politicians. Marriage was a sacrament meant for a man and a woman, Sewell proclaimed, and since same-sex couples were now free to enter into civil partnerships, there was no reason for them to have formal marriage as well. His television programme The Naked Pilgrim, following him on pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela, attested to his essential feeling for the faith he was born into.

Sewell, whose non-art essays were awarded the Orwell Prize, called himself “queer” rather than “gay”, which he thought a silly misuse of language and not at all appropriate. Neither of those faults can be applied to this absorbing book which thoroughly deserves its reissue.

 

Light in the midst of darkness

A message received from Dr. Philip Salem which should be circulated to as many people as possible.

Here it is:


                   A race for a cure for COVID-19*

 

By

 

Dr. Philip Salem

April 9, 2020

In critical times, such as the one the world is going through today, one would need courage, hope, and knowledge. Scientific research, which is the main tool for making new knowledge, is our redemption. This is the only way to discover a cure for COVID-19, and to win the war against this pandemic.

We are late in our attempt to find a treatment for COVID-19. Consequently, more than 80,000 people have already died. More than four months ago, and since the first outbreak of this disease in China, it was clear that this enemy was not waging a war against China itself, or against any other country, but rather waging a war against all people, against all mankind. However, we had hoped that doctors and scientific researchers from all over the world would grasp this opportunity and jump over the closed geographical borders, to work together and find a cure for this disease as quickly as possible. As medicine does not recognize geographical borders; It rises above geography, nationalism, politics, and religion. It rises to man.

Amidst this darkness that envelopes the world, and the panic that imprisons more than a third of humanity in its homes, we see a dim light from afar. The international organizations, such as the World Health Organization (WHO), and the major institutions for scientific research in the world, have just started clinical trials to develop a new treatment for this disease. However, we must remember that between the greed of the pharmaceutical companies to make a profit on one side, and the scientist’s lust for fame on the other side, objectivity may evaporate and the truth may disappear. Thus, I shall try to evaluate as objectively as possible the clinical trials which are already in progress. In the past fifty-two years, I have witnessed the development of new drugs and treatments for cancer diseases. Also, I have witnessed the development of new drugs for microbial infections as these infections pose major threats to cancer patients and remain the most important cause of death from cancer. This new research on coronavirus aims to overcome the disease through two strategies: The first is to discover a drug that kills the Coronavirus directly. In the second strategy, the objective is to strengthen and enhance the immune system in the patient’s body, in order for this system to become capable of destroying the virus itself.

In the first strategy, research focuses on four drugs:

•       Hydroxychloroquine (HC)

•       Chloroquine (CL)

•       Azithromycin (Z pak)

•       Remdesivir (RD)

These drugs are conventional and we know a lot about them particularly about their toxicity profiles.  (HC) and (CL) have been used for decades to treat Malaria and other Chronic Diseases. (Z pak) is an antibiotic against viruses and it is usually used in infections like the common cold and the flu. (RD) is an anti-viral agent usually used for the treatment of  HIV infections. On March 29, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had officially given the green light for research to evaluate the efficacy of (CL), (HC), and (Z pak). This means, without a doubt, that the FDA had reviewed data suggestive but not conclusive that these drugs are effective in the treatment of Coronavirus. Some studies conducted in France had indicated that patients who received treatment with the combination of (HC) and (Z pak) had achieved better results compared to patients who did not receive such treatment. This combination was also used in the treatment of patients in the city of Kansas, US, and the results were similar to those of France. However, these studies are not definitive as they were carried out in haste, and the number of patients treated is small. Also, we had learned from China’s experience that patients who received  (HC) and (CL) for diseases other than Malaria, like Lupus Erythematosus and Rheumatoid Arthritis did not develop COVID-19. The question here is whether these drugs were indeed capable of protecting patients from the Corona infection. Based on these positive, but only suggestive, indications, the FDA launched a new scientific research trial to enroll a total of 1100 patients in New York City, and to treat them with the combination of  (HC) and (CL). Last week the World Health Organization (WHO) announced the SOLIDARITY project. It is a huge scientific research project, in which many countries all over the world will participate and treat thousands of patients. This project focuses on studying the effectiveness of four kinds of treatments. These four treatments are considered by WHO as the best among all treatments available for now. These treatments are:

1. Remdesivir(RD) alone.

2. The combination (HC) with (CL).

3. The combination of lopinavir and ritonavir. These two drugs are usually used in the treatment of AIDS.

4. The third combination plus Interferon-beta.

This protocol was designed with the utmost speed, and its objective is to determine within a very short period of time the effectiveness of these treatments. Also, the French organization for medical research, INSERM, has followed the example of WHO and has launched another project called DISCOVERY. In this new project, 3,200 patients from European countries will be treated with the same drugs as the SOLIDARITY project. A few days ago, Britain initiated several trials to evaluate the efficacy of the anti-viral drug Remdesivir, as this drug is manufactured by the British pharmaceutical Gilead Sciences.

In the second strategy, a new approach has been used. It is the treatment with immunotherapy. Immunotherapy has radically changed the landscape of the treatment of cancer. Let us hope that it will do the same for the treatment of infectious diseases. While the studies that we talked about used conventional medications, immunotherapy uses new tools and exploratory methods, including infusing patients with plasma taken from a person who was infected and achieved a cure from the disease. Hypothetically this plasma should contain antibodies against the virus and these antibodies could be used in the prevention and treatment of COVID-19. Consequently, technology companies are using new methods for developing these antibodies in the lab in big quantities for the treatment of patients. Another approach is Stem Cell Therapy where the patient receives his/her own stem cells extracted from his/her blood . There are also other methods that will strengthen and enhance the immune system so that this system will be capable of conquering the disease.

This is a simple exposé of the scientific landscape of research on a new treatment for coronavirus, from China to Europe to the United States. But let me ask four simple questions.

  1. Do we have definitive evidence that a drug is now available for the treatment of  COVID-19? The answer is, NO.
  2. Are there some indications that would make us believe that some of these treatments we have talked about in this article, might be helpful? The answer is, YES.
  3. How long do we have to wait to know something which is scientifically valid and proven? The answer is a few weeks,  Four to Six.
  4. What do we tell the patient who is infected and who is threatened by death today? shall we tell him let us wait? The answer is NO. We tell him to explore with his doctor the possibility of receiving treatment with the combination of (HC) and (Z pak). I fully understand that this treatment might be associated with minor side effects; But I believe that the harm that may result from using this treatment, is much less than the damage that may result from not using it.

The world is going through very difficult times. Times unimaginable by the human mind. But we will survive. To survive, we need patience, faith, and science. We reject the slogan raised by the world which calls for “social distancing”. We believe that there had been no day in the past that we needed each other more than today. During these times we need to embrace each other in brotherhood, human warmth, and humility. We need to return to ourselves, to our humanity. Tolstoy says in his book “Master and Man” “ One should not wait until he is close to death to embrace the peasant working for him in the field”. such an embrace is our deliverance from the death that stares at us. Consequently, I want to raise another slogan “physical distancing” instead of “social distancing”. This is to emphasize the value of human cohesion and human bonding.

We also hope that we have learned from this experience that God is one, Man is one, and Earth is one. We hope we have learned that health is the most important thing a person may possess. And that the most important human right is the right to health because this right is the right to life. One should be alive first to exercise all other human rights. There is no human right that should supersede the right to health. We also hope that a new world order will emerge from the womb of this hell, a new order that respects God, man, and values. We hope that a new United Nations will also emerge. A United Nations that is capable of establishing peace in the world and which is respectful of human rights. Consequently, the United Nations should seriously consider reforming the UN Charter of the Declaration of Human Rights. This Charter should be changed in a manner where the right to health should be the most important and sacred human right. All other human rights which are already established in the Charter fade compared to the right to health. There is no life without health.

This is a global war. A war against all of us. A war against man.  I kneel and pray. Tomorrow the sun will rise. Tomorrow man will win.

*This editorial was published in Arabic, in Annahar Newspaper in Beirut on Thursday, April 09, 2020


BLOG ANNOUNCEMENT FROM THE CHAIRMAN OF QUARTET BOOKS

With the onset of the holidays and the publication in the New Year of NO LONGER WITH US II, there will be no new blogs from the Chairman of Quartet Publishing.

My readers however will be pleased to know that Quartet will also publish a collection of my writings, including a selection from my favourite blogs, which will be called

MEMORIES; The Charm & Follies of a Lifetime’s Publishing.

Watch this space.

Merry Christmas and a happy New Year.