Howard Jacobson

Celebrated novelist Howard Jacobson's most recent novel is Man Booker-nominated 'J'. He has also written 'The Finkler Question', published to great acclaim in 2010. An acerbic critic and broadcaster with a passion for literature and art, he is known for his ebullient wit.

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A woman visits the theme park 'Love Land' in South Korea

You heard it here first, reader: sex is dead

Thanks to George Galloway, I've been taken back to an age where a touch could electrify – and sex was still a serious business

Novak Djokovic celebrates victory over Stanislas Wawrinka

There’s something tedious about the endless desire to win, whether it’s on the tennis court or the battlefield

In children, we call a refusal to lose a fault of temper. It shows an unsocialised nature

Kylie has helped to boost viewing figures for the talent show

When an Aussie calls you a ‘bastard’, you know you’ve arrived

And as for being on the receiving end of a dazzling smile from Kylie Minogue...

A sign that reads 'Charlie Hebdo Is Sold Out' is seen in the window of a French book shop, earlier selling the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, in London

Try ‘and’ instead of ‘but’ and you’ll find that America and Israel are not to blame for all the world’s atrocities

The ‘But Brigade’ has turned its monosyllabic screw until cartoonists become complicit in their own demise

Journalist Glenn Greenwald has launched a new publication that includes claims from a former drone operator that the NSA uses metadata as a basis for drone strikes

I live in terror of the fanatic who has only read one story, whether he’s an Islamist murderer or Glenn Greenwald

Monotheism is a grand conceit, but can we say it is innocent of the millions of killings in its name?

Peter Wright of Scotland shows off his hair style during his third round match against Andy Hamilton of England during the William Hill PDC World Darts Championships on Day Ten at Alexandra Palace in London

Televised darts is less vulgar than Strictly Come Dancing – and more serious than Newsnight

Those tiny points of tungsten are metaphors for man’s ability to create something out of nothing

My shameful failure to live up to the spirit of Christmas

Beggars have mothers too. And what did it matter if he didn’t. I had wronged him

Vodafone customers have been hit by intermittent outages of text messages and other mobile phone services

It started with a BlackBerry Passport and ended with the Vodafone manager threatening to punch my lights out

It seemed that in order to find out whether I wanted to buy the phone, I had to buy it

A Woman bathing in a Stream by Rembrandt in 1654

To understand the mysteries of being human, look no further than Rembrandt

We’re in the presence of great art when we don’t have to use words like commodification

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Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Set in a mythologised 5th-century Britain, ‘The Buried Giant’ is a strange beast
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Money, corruption and drugs

The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
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150 years after it was outlawed...

... America's first slavery museum is established in Louisiana
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You won't believe your eyes

Tony Oursler's new show explores our uneasy relationship with technology. He's one of a growing number of artists with that preoccupation
Ian Herbert: Peter Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

The England coach leaves players to find solutions - which makes you wonder where he adds value, says Ian Herbert
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The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn
Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

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It's not easy being Green

After a bad week in which its leader had a public meltdown and its only city council couldn't agree on a budget vote, what next for the alternative party? It's over to Caroline Lucas to find out
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Gorillas nearly missed

BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter
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The Downton Abbey effect

Impoverished Italian nobles are opening their doors to paying guests, inspired by the TV drama
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New census reveals 17% since 2003