Celebrated novelist Howard Jacobson's most recent novel is '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. Recent television programmes such as Jesus the Jew and Creation have also been widely admired.
11 January 2013 05:30 PM
Even sophisticated readers can forget the difference between literature and life
04 January 2013 05:42 PM
Darts is the game through which man can truly surpass himself
28 December 2012 05:59 PM
It’s easy to love the Christmassy Dickens. But can we deal with the brutally funny one?
21 December 2012 06:03 PM
I sympathise with Andrew Mitchell and other frustrated swearers. Of all our human rights, isn’t the right to be offensive among the most sacrosanct?
14 December 2012 06:10 PM
Don’t underestimate the sense retribution can appear to make of what is otherwise senseless
07 December 2012 06:14 PM
Whoever believes freedom loses its essential character the minute it admits impediment of any sort is in one sense right and in another dangerously insane
30 November 2012 06:33 PM
Our new Archbishop has an ancestry stocked with Jewish effort and energy
Why should we be surprised that Lowry had a dark side? As an artist, it's a natural part of the terrain
16 November 2012 06:21 PM
Next year, Tate Britain will hold its first major exhibition of Lowry after an extended metropolitan snobbery. What is to be gained by dismissing him as a sadist?
09 November 2012 06:29 PM
The popular wisdom is that we must move on. Achieve closure. When I hear the word “closure” I reach for my revolver.
02 November 2012 05:10 PM
Our columnist reflects on his consistently bad luck with natural disasters. Aren't we all occasionally just a whisker from a major historical event?
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