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 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

An photo tweeted in Rochester by Labour MP Emily Thornberry

If you think all working-class culture is represented by flag-waving, then you’re the snooty one

Aloofness is no virtue, but second-guessing the will of the majority has a terrible history

Bill Cosby, who has been accused of committing sexual assault

Obama, Miliband and Bill Cosby: expect the worst from those who offer to be the best

It's one dashed hope after another

Miliband wrote a Facebook post after anti-Semitic attacks on Gloria Del Piero

Does Ed Miliband really know the best way to tackle anti-Semitism?

The Labour Leader has called for a "calm" and "responsible" approach to Israel, but he should really take a hard look at his own stance first

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