The 2010 Man Booker Award ceremony was held last night at London’s Guildhall and it was Howard Jacobson who won the the Booker prize for his novel The Finkler Question beating out favourite Tom McCarthy.
Jacobson has been longlisted for the Booker prize twice before. Once for his work Who’s Sorry Now in 2002 and then for Kalooki Nights in 2006 but he has never made it onto the shortlist before.
What are people saying about Howard Jacobson’s The Finkler Question:
The Finkler Question is a novel about love, loss and male friendship, and explores what it means to be Jewish today.
Said to have ‘some of the wittiest, most poignant and sharply intelligent comic prose in the English language’, The Finkler Question has been described as ‘wonderful’ and ‘richly satisfying’ and as a novel of ‘full of wit, warmth, intelligence, human feeling and understanding’.
It was Sir Andrew Motion, Chair of the Judges, who made the announcement of Jacobson’s win and commented on behalf of the judges that:
‘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. A completely worthy winner of this great prize.’
Man Booker Prize press release: http://www.themanbookerprize.com/news/stories/1459