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.
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
13 December 2013 04:54 PM
The moment we forget our buffoonery, we invite the gods to slap us down
Isis threat: Cameron wants an alliance with Iran
Scottish independence: English people overwhelmingly want Scotland to stay in the UK
Crisis? What crisis? A visiting US doctor gives the NHS a rave review
Russell Brand calls for Israel boycott: Comedian urges big businesses that 'facilitate the oppression of people in Gaza' to pull funding
Ukip MEP calls for reintroduction of death penalty on fiftieth anniversary of last deaths
Michael Brown shooting: Chaos erupts on the streets of Ferguson after autopsy shows teenager was shot six times – twice in the head
- 1 Michael Brown shooting: Police shoot and kill second young black man near Ferguson
- 2 James Foley 'beheaded': Isis video shows militant with British accent 'execute US journalist' – and warns Obama of more to come
- 3 Why are UK rail fares so expensive?
- 4 Here’s the damning letter Robin Williams wrote to his Mrs Doubtfire co-star's principal after they expelled her
- 5 Cilla Black defends Cliff Richard: 'I am positive that the allegations are without foundation'