Jews Don’t Count

    • 4.4 • 140 Ratings
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    • £5.99

Publisher Description

How identity politics failed one particular identity.

‘a must read and if you think YOU don’t need to read it, that’s just the clue to know you do.’ SARAH SILVERMAN

‘a masterpiece.’

Jews Don’t Count is a book for people who consider themselves on the right side of history. People fighting the good fight against homophobia, disablism, transphobia and, particularly, racism. People, possibly, like you.
It is the comedian and writer David Baddiel’s contention that one type of racism has been left out of this fight. In his unique combination of close reasoning, polemic, personal experience and jokes, Baddiel argues that those who think of themselves as on the right side of history have often ignored the history of anti-Semitism. He outlines why and how, in a time of intensely heightened awareness of minorities, Jews don’t count as a real minority: and why they should.


‘Jews Don’t Count is a supreme piece of reasoning and passionate, yet controlled, argument. From his first sentence, the energy, force and conviction of Baddiel’s writing and thinking will transfix you…as readable as an airport thriller…a masterpiece.’

‘I don’t think I have ever been so grateful to anyone for writing a book. Baddiel’s Jews Don’t Count is incisive, urgent, surprisingly funny and short. It’s also a beautiful piece of publishing. It needs to be read’

‘Brilliant, furious, uncomfortable, funny. Essential reading.’

‘I'm about a quarter of the way into this thus far and it's very well argued and written. It's a book you know the author HAD to write, and those are the best books’

‘I only big up work I really believe is good and this is extra-ordinarily good. And important’

‘This is brilliant – funny and furious, mostly at the same time’

‘A convincing and devastating charge sheet’ Dominic Lawson, Sunday Times

‘It is so gripping – I read it in a single sitting’ Stephen Bush, The Times

‘A fascinating book, I urge you to read it’ Piers Morgan

‘I really think it’s a great book … the real triumph is its tone, its straightforwardness, and its spectacular tact and wit’ Adam Phillips, author of Monogamy

‘this short and powerful book shows, with remarkable humanity and humour, that no contemporary conversation about racism is complete without confronting antisemitism. An essential read – and a compulsory one too, if I had my way.’ Sathnam Sanghera

‘Funny, complex and intellectually satisfying – a really good piece of work’ Frankie Boyle

‘Just so brilliantly argued and written, I was completely swept along’ Hadley Freeman

‘David Baddiel is a brilliant thinker and writer. Even when I disagree with him – especially when I disagree with him – I feel profound gratitude for his intellectual and moral clarity. This is a brave and necessary book.’ Jonathan Safran Foer

About the author

David Baddiel is an author, comedian and screenwriter. He is the author of four novels as well as six books for children which have sold over 1 million copies. He lives in London. He is also, would you believe, a Jew.

David Baddiel
hr min
4 February
TLS Books

Customer Reviews

L'il Becca ,

This is about antisemitism

This book is about the experiences David has come across personally, witnessed to others or the community.

As for the comment that they’re allowed to lie to non Jews - Gentiles would be the correct term, no examples of lies, no back up. This is the experience of a Jew in British society. Can’t just dismiss it or call it a lie because a gentile says otherwise. Learn from David’s experience and knowledge

Smith8556 ,

An important read for all

If you’ve not read it, you should. David Baddiel meticulously points out clear and nuanced examples of historical and modern anti-semitism in context of his personal and non personal encounters across all sorts of mediums and with all sorts of peoples. Another book if you have read this I would suggest is How to fight Antisemitism by Bari Weiss

Thewizardswife ,

Too FAST to be FUNNY

Unfortunately, I did not find, either the book, it’s subject, or the comments made by it’s critics, FUNNY. Furthermore, Mr Baddiel read it so quickly that I, being one of the elderly generation to whom one’s senses have diminished, was not always able to follow or absorb what he was saying. I did actually try re-listening to passages in many places to attempt a better understanding, but this became too tedious after the first two chapters. However, I did find the message,on the whole, extremely worthwhile and enjoyable.

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