Gladwell the Parodist :: Tamar Yellin

Gladwell the Parodist

A Whydunnit

by Tamar Yellin


Everyone wants to know who killed Gladwell the Parodist. Everyone, that is, except Jim Tate, alias Antinous, who is far more interested in the unpublished novels Ralph Gladwell is rumoured to have left behind. The brilliant Parodist, despiser of the modern novel, whose wit could skewer any writer living or dead, could have been murdered by any one of his many victims. But who was Gladwell really, and what true face lay behind his sardonic mask? In this brisk whydunnit, the feints and fallacies of human nature are peeled back, page by page, to reveal the rage, desperation, love and vulnerability out of which literature is made…


Tamar Yellin is the author of three published works of fiction and many unpublished ones. She has been awarded the inaugural Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish literature, the Ribalow Prize and the Reform Judaism Prize. She was also shortlisted for the Jewish Quarterly/ Wingate Prize and the Edge Hill Prize and longlisted for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story award. She lives in Yorkshire, England.


Yellin’s ­ first novel, The Genizah at the House of Shepher, is impossible to put down… Beauty, deep love, and a timelessness will likely make it a classic. (Booklist starred review)

Warm and engrossing, rich with historical detail and unmet yearning. (Publishers’ Weekly)

Yellin’s characters stand at the heart of human loss and are honoured for their power to endure, to pass for ordinary… Through it all, there moves a unifying spirit of kindness and intelligence which marks Tamar Yellin out as a short-story writer of rare distinction. (The Guardian)

Tamar Yellin’s stories… share a dense ambition, layered with displacement, loss and yearning – like the whole of Jewish history, waiting to be excavated. (Times Literary Supplement)

Enigmatic and beautiful. (Locus)

Masterly… Yellin writes beautifully and with great insight… A tremendous success. (Library Journal)


  • Pages: 184
  • Trim size: 5″ x 8″ (127mm x 203mm), with dj
  • ISBN: 978-4-908793-56-1
  • List Price: US$25.00
  • Cover: Tamar Yellin

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