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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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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Little by little all argument evaporates, and soon what a fool thinks, we all think

Today is a bigger Shabbes than usual in the Jewish world because it has been chosen to launch the Shabbos Project

Shabbes exerts a pull on all Jews, and today is bigger than ever

We call it the day of rest, but I’m not convinced it’s rest we most need

Royal approval: the Duchess of Cornwall presents Richard Flanagan with the Man Booker Prize for Fiction

This is what it feels like to not win the Man Booker Prize

You never know for certain when you are going to win a prize, but you know for certain when you aren’t

For many Jews, Yom Kippur – the Day of Atonement – is still the most important day of the year

The parable of the rabbi from Kiev, Yom Kippur and the half-eaten bar of chocolate

Did he think he could half atone for half a sin? Did he think he might be half forgiven?

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Inside Venice for George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin's wedding

A reliable and avuncular-looking short man had chosen to get married in Venice – and I was there

Steve Backshall is set to dance with Ola Jordan on Strictly Come Dancing. 'I have a friend who's a dancer and she said to me 'You want Ola because she's a fantastic dancer and she can make anyone look good' meaning 'even you'!' he said.

Strictly Come Dancing has been struck by the curse of light entertainment

As the man who brought the twist to Cambridge’s English faculty, I know about dancing. And Strictly trivialises it

Few things are more shameful than death – which may be why so many of us go at a time of our choosing

The ultimate ignominy for any living human being is to be reduced to a carcass

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