Goy Vey Book Launch

A great easy read, the author keeps you locked in and offers clever humour – often laughing at ourselves or people we know – whether Jewish or not.

Hymie Cohen is a Jewish family head, who nurtures his family with a protected life. The family is often not aware of the real-world challenges of living in South Africa, albeit that they all have a very strong opinion of their version of their ideal life and how the rest of the population lives.

Hymie invites friends to his Friday family Shabbat dinner, as per life before the dinner all things go swimmingly, until they don’t.

I have never been invited to a Jewish Shabbat, but Barry’s writing gives a wonderful explanation and feel for how it is – the Jewish words often don’t need to be explained as the context is so well used that it is self-explanatory.

Saying more about the book would give away the enjoyment of reading it. 

Well worth the read for a good chuckle!

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Order the book:

Wordsworth Books – https://www.wordsworth.co.za

The Book Lounge – https://www.booklounge.co.za/

Bay Books – http://www.baybookshop.co.za

Skoobs Theatre Bookshop – http://www.skoobs.co.za/

ISBN Code – 978-0-620-84109-2


  1. Its a great book man. I havnt read it yet but I plan to. All the reviews are good. He really is a great guy, whatsisname Varley.

    I hope to read it soon and hope to G*d I dont contradict myself later.

    Great lawyer too, for a change. (2bob). Great phone voice. I hope he finds solid consistent work one day in a call centre. Would be waste if he didnt.

    Great guy, masterful docudrama dressed up as fiction. Cool lawyer alround, but needs to get help for his cauliflower hemorrhoids. Those grapes of wrath should be looked at.

  2. Read his other book Nigiri Law and thoroughly enjoyed it. Busy with Goy Vey and from the bit I’ve read I can personally recommend it. Barry is really a great guy.


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