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.
08 February 2013 05:58 PM
Stephen Fry and Mark Rylance can hold an audience’s attention like no one else, but the Globe's production was grief as farce
I don’t care for Scarfe’s cartoon – or political cartoons generally. But I don’t find it anti-Semitic
01 February 2013 05:49 PM
Cartoons are often expressions of indignation masquerading as comedy
25 January 2013 05:31 PM
There are a thousands of ways to catch the Norovirus, and avoiding them takes dedication, skill and a certain shamelessness
18 January 2013 05:53 PM
Kathryn Bigelow’s new film about the CIA’s hunt for Osama bin Laden is facing criticism - and it's still to be released in the UK
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
Britain's top vet sparks controversy with call for ban on slashing animals' throats in 'ritual' slaughters for halal and kosher meat products
Poor 'live like animals' says Boris's privately educated sister after going on 'poverty safari'
Exclusive: Impact of immigrants on British workers ‘negligible’
Vince Cable: Teachers 'know absolutely nothing' about the world of work
Ukraine crisis: Russia pledges to 'retaliate against sanctions' as Ukrainian president says Crimea vote will not be recognised
The quiet diplomat: Catherine Ashton - recognised and admired in all the world’s troubled countries, yet ridiculed at home
- 1 Pakistan vs Paul Smith: Sandal-wearers bemused by famed British designer's attempts to sell traditional Peshawari chappal-style shoes for the distinctly untraditional sum of £300
- 2 Family forced to flee home after discovering 'terrifying' nest of spiders in bananas
- 3 First Kiss: Filmmaker gets 20 strangers to make out on YouTube with awkward results
- 4 Grace Dent: Who cares if she spells it Barraco Barner? Gemma Worrall is more employable than some bookish arts graduate
- 5 Bob Crow death: 'Admired by his members, feared by employers' - Tributes pour in for RMT union leader and 'working class hero' Bob Crow