Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Pages: 77. Chapters: Adam Thirlwell, Alain de Botton, Alan Coren, Alex Brummer, Amy Levy, Anita Brookner, Anthony Horowitz, Arthur Koestler, Basil Henriques, Bat Ye'or, Bella Sidney Woolf, Benjamin Farjeon, Bernice Rubens, Caryl Brahms, Chaim Rapoport, Chapman Cohen, Charlotte Dacre, Charlotte Haldane, David Kessler (author), David Levi (scholar), David Littman (historian), Elaine Feinstein, Emanuel Litvinoff, Eva Ibbotson, Frederick Eckstein, Fredric Warburg, Fred Uhlman, Gabriel Josipovici, George Clare (writer), George Mikes, Gerald Abraham, Géza Vermes, Gilbert Frankau, Grace Aguilar, Howard Jacobson, Isaac D'Israeli, Israel Zangwill, Jakov Lind, Janina David, Jenny Diski, John Rose (UK politician), Jonathan Magonet, Joseph ben Yehuda Leib Shapotshnick, Joseph Jacobs, Joseph Leftwich, Judith Kerr, Karen Gershon, Leonard Woolf, Leopold Davis Lewis, Lewis Goldsmith, Linda Grant, Lisa Appignanesi, Louis Golding, Marghanita Laski, Michael Jackson (writer), Michael Rosen, Moris Farhi, Nahum Sokolow, Naomi Alderman, Noreena Hertz, Rebecca Front, Rose Fyleman, Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, Ryan Craig (playwright), Santa Montefiore, Sidney Lee, Simon Sebag Montefiore, Solomon Ezekiel, Stephen Winsten, Tony Cliff, William Sutcliffe, Wolf Mankowitz. Excerpt: Arthur Koestler CBE (5 September 1905 – 1 March 1983) was a Hungarian-British author and journalist. Koestler was born in Budapest and, apart from his early school years, was educated in Austria. In 1931 Koestler joined the Communist Party of Germany until, disillusioned by Stalinism, he resigned in 1938. In 1940 he published his novel Darkness at Noon, an anti-totalitarian work, which gained him international fame. Over the next 43 years from his residence in Great Britain, Koestler espoused many political causes and wrote novels, memoirs, biographies, and numerous essays. In 1968, he was awarded the Sonning Prize "for outstanding contribution to European culture" and, in 1972, he was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE). In 1976, Koestler was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease and, in 1979, with terminal leukaemia. In 1983 he and his wife committed suicide at home in London. Koestler was born in Budapest to Henrik and Adele Koestler (née Jeiteles). He was an only child. His father Henrik Koestler, of Jewish and Hungarian descent, was born on 18 August 1869 in the town of Miskolc in northeastern Hungary. According to Koestler's authorized biography, Henrik's father, Leopold Koestler, was a soldier in the Austro-Hungarian Army who Magyarised his name to "Lipot". In 1861 he married Karolina Schon, the daughter of a prosperous timber merchant. Henrik left school at age 16 and took a job as an errand boy with a firm of drapers. He taught himself English, German and French, and eventually became a partner in the firm. He then set up his own business importing textiles into Hungary. Arthur's mother, Adele Koestler (née Jeiteles) was born on 25 June 1871 into a prominent Jewish family in Prague. Amongst her ancestors were Mishel Loeb, a prominent C18th physician and essayist, whose son Judah became a well-known poet. Beethoven set some of his poems to music. Her father, Jacob Jeiteles, moved the family to Vienna, where Adele grew up in relative prospe
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