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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The London Symphony Orchestra, led by Valery Gergiev, performs a free open-air concert in Trafalgar Square

Help! London has been conquered by Event Security and nobody is safe from its pointless screens

This free concert I went to at Trafalgar Square was meant to be democracy in action, Shostakovich for everyone. But no

Votes are sorted at Prime Minister David Cameron's constituency election count on 7 May 2015 in Witney, England.

The problem with democracy – there are always going to be losers

It’s a law of our natures, to applaud where we already approve, and deride where we don’t

Raffaele Candilio's in Soho

Death takes an Italian tailor – and robs the world of rare dignity

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Soldiers stand guard in front of the Tsitsernakaberd Memorial in Yerevan during a commemoration ceremony for the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide

The Jewish writer who took the Armenian genocide as his subject

What were the motives that drove Franz Werfel?

Crumpled bed sheets

Introducing an unexpected voice to the election hubbub: Molly Bloom of Joyce’s ‘Ulysses’ interprets the campaign so far...

Finally, a welcome break from the incomprehensible views of our so-called experts

A one month old baby Siamang Gibbon sits with its mother and calls out

Ignore the incessant, mindless chatter on Twitter – the call of the gibbon says so much more

The period we are living through will come to be known as the Great Garrulousness

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, left, shakes hands with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas during talks in Washington while US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton beams approvingly

There is hope of compromise if Israelis and Palestinians can lose their sense of righteousness

Should one side persuade others to their point of view, or do they only want to listen to the reverberations of their own outrage?

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Why is there so much rage on our streets? Look no further than the bitter passwordless

Witness the final walk of a dog and know all you need to know of dignity in death... and life

His owner had a gravity that was the mirror image of his. Between them existed all that was serious in life

The author contemplating what could have been

I was a timid, kind, gentle-natured child, later to be spurned and humiliated – in short, the perfect terrorist-in-waiting

Considering how often girls rejected me, it remains a mystery that I didn’t end up decapitating on what’s called an industrial scale

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