Howard Jacobson

Award-winning 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. He writes for The Independent's Indy Voices.

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First images released of Benedict Cumberbatch as Hamlet in the production of Hamlet at the Barbican centre, London. Cumberbatch has urged fans not to film his performance as Hamlet, describing it as

I doubt I'll bother to see Cumberbatch in Hamlet - I don't want it marred by screaming fans

It doesn’t kill a work of art to want it left alone temporarily. I've reached Peak Hamlet

Jeremy Corbyn addresses supporters at a rally in Cardiff on Tuesday

Only the foolish would allow themselves to be swayed solely by Jeremy Corbyn’s sincerity

In an age of facing-both-ways, Corbyn doggedly faces in one direction only

Learn to look forward to your gym sessions

I don't crave a beautiful body from my personal trainer - just the ability to pick things up

Seeing me stoop to retrieve a pound coin the other day, three people got up to offer me their seats

Andy Murray of Great Britain shows his frustration during the Gentlemens Singles Semi Final match against Roger Federer of Switzerland during day eleven of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in London. Roger Federer won the semi final match against Andy Murray

I know the allure of not wanting to win – and that’s Andy Murray’s problem too

If it’s bathos you want, nothing gives it to you like watching sport. Unless it’s playing sport

A flower lies on a plaque bearing the names of victims at the 7/7 memorial, on the 10th anniversary of the attacks, in Hyde Park

Here we go again, inverting terrorism’s timeline so everyone gets the blame except the culprits

The terrorist isn’t a problem because he doesn’t conform; he’s a problem because he does. It’s what he conforms to that makes him dangerous

A university which is a hotbed of offence-taking isn’t a university but an ideological prison camp and indoctrination centre

The freedom to think freely is more important than the right of women to enjoy equal respect to men

We are easily moved by suffering in art. In real life it’s far more complicated

Leaving the opera house wet-eyed recently, I had to pick my way between the homeless

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

Raffaele Candilio worked above a Chinese importer of waving cats in Soho, and had the manners of a gentleman of another time and place

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