Howard Jacobson 2010 Booker

Howard Jacobson has won this year's Man Booker Prize for fiction. It is the first time he was shortlisted for the £50,000 prize, despite being longlisted in previous years, most recently for Kalooki Nights. He beat Emma Donoghue for Room, narrated by a five-year old boy who is confined to a room along with his mother. The story is based on the Josef Fritzl case. He also beat favourite Tom McCarthy, for 'C'. I haven't been at all tempted by this year's shortlist, although I enjoyed Kalooki Nights and so would plump for The Finkler Question, and in fact, recommended it to a friend based on the synopsis, only a few weeks ago, which he immediately downloaded onto his i-Pad. With the Chilean miners emerging jubilantly from their captivity underground, where they have been trapped since August 5th, it's only a matter of time before someone writes that story/film.

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