Howard Jacobson


Howard Jacobson is a celebrated novelist, broadcaster, journalist and literary scholar. His books include Kalooki Nights, The Mighty Waltzer and the Man Booker Prize winner The Finkler Question.

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Sunday, 28 February 2016
Written with Howard Jacobson’s customary originality, energy and wit, Shylock is My Name is the Man Booker Prize-winner’s profound and provocative re-telling of The Merchant of Venice in a contemporary setting. Howard Jacobson talks to the Guardian’s Alex Clark about his interpretation of Shylock’s story, asking what it means to be a father, a Jew and a merciful human being in the modern world.

The Big Debate, featuring Jonathan FreedlandHoward JacobsonMelanie Phillips and Simon Schama, addressed the critical issues and challenges confronting Jews today.

Saturday, 27 February 2016

The Big Debate, featuring Jonathan Freedland, Howard Jacobson, Melanie Phillips and Simon Schama, addressed the critical issues and challenges confronting Jews today.


Sunday, 1 March 2015

Booker Prize winner Howard Jacobson returns to Jewish Book Week to discuss his enigmatically titled novel J with John Mullan. The work is a dystopian fiction set in a future where the past has become a dangerous country. Steeped in mystery and interwoven with romance, this compelling novel explores whether the past can ever truly be left behind. Howard Jacobson, wordsmith par excellence, is a tour-de force both on and off the page.


Sunday, 24 February 2013

Man Booker Prize-winning author Howard Jacobson returned to the festival to discuss his latest novel, Zoo Times and have a frank and funny discussion about love - love of literature, laughter and women (particularly mothers-in-law). 


Sunday, 26 February 2012

For Howard Jacobson, James Joyce's Ulysses is the greatest Jewish novel of the 20th century; for Henry Goodman the novel that hugely articulated and reshaped his artistic hopes and identity as an actor.


Sunday, 4 March 2007

The seriously funny writer, our greatest British Jewish novelist, spoke to Peter Florence about literature, comedy, Jewishness and much more. The conversation was witty, thought provoking and a fitting finale to JBW 07.


Thursday, 10 March 2005

Described as Britain’s “funniest living writer”, Howard Jacobson explored his passion for Jews and Jewishness in his latest novel, The Making of Henry (2004). Here he wondered about the nature of this passion for Jews as characters in life and literature, and spoke about the process of “arguing with myself in the matter of how Jewishly I should write”.


Sunday, 9 March 2003

In a light-hearted and often hilarious finale to Book Week 2003, Howard Jacobson, acclaimed novelist and master of irreverent comedy, revealed to Vanessa Feltz the Jewish books he would take with him to that mythical desert island. Along the way he discussed his life and work with his customary biting wit.

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