Howard Jacobson

in Manchester, England, The United Kingdom
August 25, 1942



Howard Jacobson was born in Manchester, England, and educated at Cambridge. His many novels include The Mighty Walzer (winner of the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize), Who’s Sorry Now? and Kalooki Nights (both longlisted for the Man Booker Prize), and, most recently, The Act of Love. Jacobson is also a respected critic and broadcaster, and writes a weekly column for the Independent. He lives in London.

Profile of Howard Jacobson in The New York Times.

“The book's appeal to Jewish readers is obvious, but like all great Jewish art — the paintings of Marc Chagall, the books of Saul Bellow, the films of Woody Allen — it is Jacobson's use of the Jewish experience to explain the greater human one that sets it apart. Who among us is so certain of

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Death takes an Italian tailor – and robs the world of rare dignity

The death of an Italian tailor might not be calamitous in Catania or Cagliari, but the loss to Soho is immeasurable. We don’t have Italian tailors we can spare here. Each day the London district loses a little more of its essential self – to developers, gentrifiers, scaffolders, diggers of trenches for cables we don’t need, cleaners-up and dumbers-down.

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The Finkler Question

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2.92 avg rating — 3,360 ratings — published 2014 — 29 editions
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Shylock Is My Name

3.18 avg rating — 1,855 ratings — published 2016 — 35 editions
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Zoo Time

2.92 avg rating — 751 ratings — published 2012 — 26 editions
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Kalooki Nights

3.41 avg rating — 548 ratings — published 2006 — 21 editions
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The Mighty Walzer

3.44 avg rating — 405 ratings — published 1999 — 9 editions
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3.19 avg rating — 330 ratings — published 2017 — 12 editions
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Live a Little

3.39 avg rating — 451 ratings — published 2019 — 13 editions
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The Act of Love

3.31 avg rating — 269 ratings — published 2008 — 21 editions
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When will Jews be forgiven ...

4.09 avg rating — 69 ratings — published 2013 — 2 editions
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“How do you go on knowing that you will never again - not ever, ever - see the person you have loved? How do you survive a single hour, a single minute, a single second of that knowledge? How do you hold yourself together?”
Howard Jacobson, The Finkler Question

“So many unhappy women out there. Such a sea of female misery.”
Howard Jacobson, The Finkler Question
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“Hephzibah normally left the dishes until the next day. Piled up in the sink so that it was near impossible to fill a kettle. And what the sink wouldn't take would stay on the kitchen table. Treslove liked that about her. She didn't believe they had to clean up after every excess. There wasn't a price to pay for pleasure.”
Howard Jacobson, The Finkler Question


Which is your favourite Booker Prize winning book?

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The Booker what?????
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