Jacobson's Finkler Question shortlisted for Booker Prize 2010

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September 13, 2010

Howard Jacobson's novel The Finkler Question has been announced as one of the 6 novels shortlisted for this year's Booker Prize. The winner will be announced on Tuesday 12 October at London's Guildhall.

The Finkler Question (Bloomsbury 2010) is an incisive exploration of grief, friendship and Anglo-Jewishness described by The Times as “further proof, if any was needed, of Jacobson's mastery of humour.”

Howard Jacobson was longlisted for the Booker Prize in 2006 for Kalooki Nights and in 2002 for Who's Sorry Now? The Finkler Question has been described as "a scorching tale of friendship and loss, exclusion and belonging, and of the wisdom and humanity of maturity".

This year's prize is chaired by Andrew Motion, former Poet Laureate, and the judges include Rosie Blau, Literary Editor of the Financial Times; Deborah Bull, formerly a dancer but now Creative Director of the Royal Opera House; writer, journalist and broadcaster Tom Sutcliffe, and Francis Wilson, biographer and critic.

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