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Howard Jacobson wins Man Booker Prize

13th October 2010

Writer and broadcaster Howard Jacobson has been named the winner of the 2010 Man Booker Prize, pipping bookies' favourite Tom McCarthy to the post.

Jacobson scooped the GBP 50,000 honour for his comic novel The Finkler Question, which explores themes such as male friendship and what it means to be Jewish in modern society.

The author was longlisted for the prize in 2002 with Who's Sorry Now and in 2006 with Kalooki Nights, but failed to reach the shortlist stage until this year.

Speaking at the awards ceremony at London's Guildhall last night (October 12th), judging panel chair Sir Andrew Motion said The Finkler Question is a 'completely worthy winner'.

He added: 'The Finkler Question is a marvellous book: very funny, of course, but also very clever, very sad and very subtle. It is all that it seems to be and much more than it seems to be.'

McCarthy's C, Parrot and Olivier in America by Peter Carey, Emma Donoghue's Room, In a Strange Room by Damon Galgut and Andrea Levy's The Long Song were the other novels shortlisted for the award.

A Guardian review of The Finkler Question described the novel as 'dazzling' and praised it for being 'beautifully written'.
 

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