"One of the biographies of our generation - richly layered, funny, argumentative, moving and intellectually admirable. A great achievement"
Ranging across the years, In Search of Jerusalem conjures up the spirited encounters of Michael Kustow's many-sided life: a tender evocation of his parents; portraits of actors, stage directors, painters, film-makers; vivid descriptions of post-war and modern Paris, Mumbai, Tel Aviv and the occupied West Bank; the early days of Channel 4 television; and new insights into a moment of challenge and change. A life shaken up is reassembled in Kustow's cavalcade of survival and renewal.
'One of the biographies of our generation - richly layered, funny, argumentative, moving and intellectually admirable. A great achievement.' Melvyn Bragg
'Kustow is one of the great articulators of his generation, instantly eloquent, with an astonishingly well-stocked brain and an uncommon power of empathy and penetration, which enable him to respond to what he encounters with a capacious judiciousness... In Search of Jerusalem is a triumphant affirmation of Kustow's many virtues as a man and as an artist... The form of the book is loose, and all the better for it: at moments like a commonplace book, with poems, scenes from plays, or his parents' artlessly direct love-letters quoted at length, at other times like a diary, sometimes linear, then using filmic montage and flashbacks, it is entirely sui generis, like its author. It will touch many people at many points.' Simon Callow, Guardian