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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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

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

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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

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