Get the lowdown on the new Man Booker winner
I always argue against literary prizes, but the result of the Man Booker this year was a delight. For years, I’d wanted Howard Jacobson to win. He made it to the longlist only once — with what some of his admirers call his best novel, Kalooki Nights. This year, he won with The Finkler Question. As a tribute, I have put together this collection of links that will give you more than a fair idea of the kind of writer he is, and why you ought to read him.
My interview of Jacobson, which appeared in Sunday’s print edition of Hindustan Times.
Jacobson’s recent piece on why the comic novel should be taken seriously — or, rather, on why every novel ought to be funny.
Jacobson is a columnist for the quality London daily, The Independent. Here is his latest column, in which he writes about winning the prize.
And a video from the award night.