|1961 (age 62–63)
Tel Aviv, Israel
|Novelist, Satirist, Radio Host
|Tel Aviv University
|Alon Ben David
Linur started her writing career as a satirical columnist in local newspapers. Her first full-length novel was The Siren's Song, a best-selling romantic comedy set on the background of the Scud missile attacks on Tel Aviv during the Gulf War in 1991. In 1994, the book was adapted into a feature-length film directed by Eytan Fox. The title refers to the air-raid sirens which sounded almost every night during the six weeks of the war. It is the story of an assertive professional woman who experiences emotional growth and romance. At the same time, the book is critical of Tel Aviv's superficial lifestyle.
Linur's second novel, Two Snow Whites, is about a photographer who finds herself involved in a murder case. Sandler Ella, her third novel, depicts the glamorous life of media broadcasters. Her fourth novel, The Brown Girls, was adapted as a popular television mini-series. Linur has also published a book of humorous essays, The Secret Blonde.
Linur is a co-host on the radio show "The Final Word" on Galei Zahal, Israel's Military Radio. The show would initially pair a liberal and a conservative who'd discuss current events, with Linur playing the liberal part. However, in recent years she has expressed views hostile to liberal groups and left-wing politicians in Israel. In 2002, Linur called for a boycott of Haaretz newspaper until it fires left-wing journalists Amira Hass and Gideon Levy.
In April 2019, Linur apologized on the air after she and her co-host insinuated that a journalist's wife, a public attorney, was the source behind his news reports concerning PM Netanyahu's investigations.
In May 2019, referring to a protest, which featured both Jewish and Muslim speakers, including Israeli Arab politician, MK Ayman Odeh, Linur commented on the air that the protest would have been better off, had Odeh been replaced by two gas station workers as the representatives of the Israeli Arab public.
- IMDB entry for Song of the Siren
- Unprejudiced: A Jane Austen classic reset in the Galilee. Irit Linur interviewed by Michal Lando about her television series "Unprejudiced" based on Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. At Tablet, January 27, 2009