Out of Egypt is the extended story of an extended family, one that made its home in Alexandria in the first half of the 20th century. It’s a dazzling evocation of a time and a place, and all the more so when you consider that the author was only in his mid-teens when the tale he tells was drawing to a close... When I began Out of Egypt, it was the vividness of its social history that struck me. When I finished it, it was the timeliness, maybe even the necessity, of its publication. Tens of thousands of people had taken to the streets in France to protest at a recent rise in anti-Semitic attacks, and in Britain a Labour MP had quit his party over its attitude to Jews.