Howard Jacobson has been crownd the winner of this year’s Man Booker Prize with his novel, The Finkler Question. The book is an exploration of friendship, loss, love, and what it is to be Jewish in our current world. With plenty of ‘laugh out loud’ moments the novel has been praised for its combination of comedy and tragedy.
The judging panel for the 2010 Man Booker Prize for Fiction was: Andrew Motion, former Poet Laureate; Rosie Blau, Literary Editor of the Financial Times; Deborah Bull, Creative Director of the Royal Opera House as well as a writer and broadcaster; Tom Sutcliffe, journalist, broadcaster and author and Frances Wilson, biographer and critic. Andrew Motion described the book as “a marvellous book: very funny, of course, but also very clever, very sad and very subtle…a completely worthy winner of this great prize.”
The Finkler Question is the third book to win the Man Booker for publishers Bloomsbury. The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood won the prize in 2000 and The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje in 1992.
Held at London’s Guildhall, the award ceremy saw Jacobson accept his award along with a cheque for £50,000 from Peter Clark, Cheif Executive of Man. That should be enough inspiration to start that novel you have always wanted to write.
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