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International Author Promotes His Coming-of-Age Novel About a Young Jewish Man, Amanuensis.

New York, NY, September 22, 2012 --( Beginning in the East End of London starting in 1936, the story includes episodes of the blitz and the coming of age of the hero through the 1950's. The major plot thread concerns a family secret, namely the death at birth of an older brother.

The hero unknowingly grapples with the unspoken death of his elder brother. In school he makes friends with a group of alienated boys, including the psychotic son of a surgeon and a Greek Cypriot pimp. While the intent of the novel is serious, local color and humor are used for contrast, and the writing style is varied in relation to the content.

The hero goes to Cambridge University, where he meets some extra-ordinary characters and experiences culture shock. This section is written in a deliberately sardonic style. He struggles to come to terms with the fact that his brother never lived. He settles in Israel. Finally when he returns to London for his father's funeral he learns about his brother's death, that the doctor was anti-Semitic and may have deliberately caused the baby's death by not giving his mother a Caesarean section when it was necessary.

The story is symbolic of the Holocaust. Each Jew carries within a scar that constitutes his own personal suffering. The story also exposes a period of prevalent anti-Semitism in Britain that has largely been overlooked.

Book Information:


Author: Jack Cohen

Publisher: Elders of Zion Press

ISBN: 978-1449568245

Pages: 260


"It is compelling from the first moment to the last … The book deserves a wider audience. Your writing is vivid, immediate, and powerful." - Myra Sklarew, Prof. Emerita of Literature, American University, Washington DC, USA

"'Amanuensis' is a wonderfully entertaining, touching, funny story of a young man's calamitous pilgrimage through the wild, wild world in earnest search of...he knows not what.” - Sarah Shapiro, author of "Wish I Were Here," and editor of "All of Our Lives: An Anthology of Contemporary Jewish Writing"

About The Author:

Jack Cohen grew up in the East End of London and obtained a PhD in chemistry at Cambridge University. He became Professor of Pharmacology in the USA and Israel, where he now resides. In his retirement he continues to write and paint.

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Jack Cohen



Amanuensis is available for purchase online through the author's website, from the publisher,, and other online retailers. Bookstores should contact Ingram for wholesale orders.

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