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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 Extract: 'Zoo Time', By Howard Jacobson

Jacobson's first novel since the Man Booker-winning 'The Finkler Question', is an uproarious comedy of literary - and marital - strife. In this extract, our writer-hero dines with his wife.

Howard Jacobson: Suddenly everyone wants to talk about books, but nobody wants to read them

No one who cares about reading can fail to be alarmed at the closure of libraries and bookshops

Howard Jacobson: First the Mobot, then Kate Moss. It's like we snatched defeat from the jaws of victory

The women athletes beat the men (literally) hands down in the matter of modesty and reserve

Howard Jacobson: On that fabulous boat of my imagination came Robert Hughes. How lucky we were

Australians read and looked and listened as no one born in London or Paris felt they had to

Howard Jacobson: They've turned Britain into Butlins in their determination to make us enjoy ourselves

The beach volleyball became - lest our concentration falter - a musical

Howard Jacobson: I mean no disrespect to the uncircumcised, but who'd want to look like that?

Philip Roth gives the hero of ‘The Counterlife’ provocative thoughts on what circumcision denotes

Howard Jacobson: If you think there's no sex in Jane Austen, you're wrong about love, sex and Austen

Can anyone think it makes 'Pride and Prejudice' more sensual to describe Darcy as 'hot, spicy and all man'?

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