'Charlotte Mendelson's novel follows her previous two in focusing on British Jewish family life' -- Daily Telegraph
'Combining frankness with a sharp and intelligent humour, When We Were Bad is an irresistible treat.'
'Mendelson combines a scattering of Jewish vernacular, wit, and appealing character portraits in her warm prose.' -- Culture, Sunday Times
'Now this intense and funny tale of a priceless family ruled by a glamorous female rabbi is back.'
-- Jewish Chronicle
'Relentlessly good; crammed with brilliant, skewering details, for which Mendelson has a magpie's eye.' -- The Observer - Pick of the Paperbacks 2008
'This is the wickedly funny and poignant story of a Jewish family in crisis, beautifully observed and painfully authentic.' -- Daily Mail
'When We Were Bad is relentlessly good: crammed with brilliant, skewering details, for which Mendelson has a magpie's eye.' -- Observer
'With not a work wasted, this elegant and witty drama is part family saga and part romantic comedy...' -- LondonCareers.net Magazine
`Charlotte Mendelson's portrait of a Jewish family in crisis is both extremely funny and acutely painful...' -- Sunday Telegraph
`full of cute characterisation and bone-dry detail.' -- The Scotsman
'The Rubin family, everybody agrees, seems doomed to happiness' Claudia Rubin is in her heyday. Wife, mother, rabbi and sometime moral voice of the nation, everyone wants to be with her at her older sons glorious February wedding. Until Leo becomes a bolter and the heyday of the Rubin family begins to unravel . . . As intelligent as it is funny. A beautifully observed literary comedy as well as a painfully accurate description of one big old family mess Observer Fast-paced and engaging. Brilliant, touching and true Naomi Alderman, Financial Times Absolutely spellbinding, so funny, so moving, so totally believable Jacqueline Wilson Intelligent and witty. The Rubin family may be a singular one but the delights and the difficulties its members have with sex and spirituality, food and domesticity, expectation and achievement, will have a universal appeal Sunday Telegraph Funny and emotionally true, this is a comedy with the warmest of hearts and the most deliciously subversive of agendas Book of the Month, Marie Claire When We Were Bad is a warm, poignant and true portrayal of a London family in crisis, in love, in denial and ultimately in luck..