Chaim Icyk Bermant (26 February 1929 – 20 January 1998) was a prominent Anglo-Jewish journalist, author and wit. Born in Braslava, Latvia, he spent much of his childhood in Scotland. He was educated at Queen's Park Secondary School in Glasgow, Glasgow University, where he graduated in economics, and the London School of Economics.

He contributed regularly to The Jewish Chronicle and occasionally to the national press, particularly The Observer. An Orthodox Jew and supporter of Israel, he was freely critical of both. He wrote several novels and non-fiction works, mostly on the quirks of British Jewish society.

Book List in Order:12 titles

  • Yes," as Cyril might say, "being old's all right, once you get past the age of trying to be young." First published in 1966, Diary of an old man is a real tour de force. It covers one winter month in the life of an old man living in a tiny pens...


  • During the war, while others fought, Hesketh planned, as a chocolate manufacturer, to put an end to world strife: Inter-Choc, a world union of chocolate makers, would bring man closer to man - through his sweet tooth. But Hesketh is thwarted by two m...


  • I bring you up to believe that nothing is good enough for you, and you grow up to be good for nothing. Thus, Mrs. Bindle, on learning that Ben, her only-begotten son, has decided to be a Rabbi; what is more, a Rabbi in a small provincial town in Sco...


  • First published in 1965, this novel asks you not to laugh: it's Berl... Berl's wife ran away with the gardener. Could you blame her? Berl is a little Jewish odd-job man who wanders around in a black serge suit, striped trousers, sandals and a black ...


  • Part Bildungsroman, part hymn to the city of Glasgow, Jericho Sleep Alone is without a doubt the finest book written about the Scots-Jewish experience. From Bar Mitzvah to an unfulfilling teaching career, Jericho Eli Broock finds himself a perennial ...





  • Vida, Vesta, Rocky and Ducks, Courlanders all, English gentry, And Jewish - an afterthought until its concealment by a beloved governess makes the question of identity assume towering proportions. Vida rebels and becomes Orthodox. Beautiful Vesta ...







  • In turn-of-the-century Glasgow, Russian immigrant Nahum Rabinovitz aids other Jews to safety as pogroms sweep Russia, marries his childhood sweetheart, and establishes a family distinguished by its passionate commitments and intellectual pursuits...