Celebrated novelist Howard Jacobson's most recent novel is '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. Recent television programmes such as Jesus the Jew and Creation have also been widely admired.
Howard Jacobson: Lewis Gill may not have meant his punch to kill, but any swing at a man's face is an act of barbarity
28 February 2014 06:34 PM
It's the mirror of our feelings, the register of our fears and sorrows
If you want to alienate someone, use the telephony alphabet. It’s certain to drive you November Uniform Tango Sierra
21 February 2014 04:40 PM
The point of a secret language is to exclude those who don’t speak it
If there are too many people being bumped off in contemporary drama, it’s because writers have forgotten their Shakespeare
14 February 2014 04:37 PM
I don’t always agree with David Hare. But about the body count, we are as one
The sacking of Kevin Pietersen, the last of the great mavericks, has killed off any lingering interest I had in sport
07 February 2014 03:50 PM
Who would you rather have coming in to bat at number four? Mother Teresa?
Those cleaning up Soho say they object to its sleaze. But isn’t that the whole point of the area I call home?
24 January 2014 05:58 PM
Sex itself seems to have given up the ghost and gone home to play on its computer
17 January 2014 05:22 PM
Art isn’t life, whereas soap opera always somehow feels as though it is
10 January 2014 04:47 PM
In all my table-tennis triumphs while studying at Cambridge, I never felt the need to touch my right shoulder in tribute to F R Leavis
03 January 2014 04:39 PM
It marks the passage of time even more fatefully than birthdays do
27 December 2013 05:02 PM
In fairness to Snowden, the Queen has been giving Christmas messages for a long time
20 December 2013 05:38 PM
Doing without even when one doesn’t have to is a good principle to learn
Apple's Tim Cook: Business isn’t just about making profit
Thousands of young people forced to go without food after benefits wrongly stopped under 'draconian' new sanctions regime
Ukraine crisis: New navy chief 'defects' and surrenders Crimean HQ as Putin claims ultranationalists forced intervention
Britain's top vet sparks controversy with call for ban on slashing animals' throats in 'ritual' slaughters for halal and kosher meat products
Ukraine crisis: Russia dismisses '3am ultimatum' as 'total nonsense'
If you're horrified by a flame-roasted dog, you should be shocked at a hog roast
- 1 The future of sex: The first female condoms were derided, mistrusted and shunned - but will their modern counterparts catch on?
- 2 South African rhino finally put down after roaming Kruger park for days with horn hacked off and bullet in brain
- 3 Italian pensioner hires an escort who turns out to be his son's girlfriend
- 4 Orgasm machine to deliver climax at the push of a button
- 5 Channel 4 announces two-hour TV show to be broadcast 'Live from Space' later this month