Howard Jacobson has won the 2010 Man Booker Prize for Fiction with The Finkler Question. The author had previously been longlisted twice for the award, in 2006 for Kalooki Nights and in 2002 for Who’s Sorry Now.
Jacobson wins £50,000 and a worldwide surge in book sales from the ensuing interest surrounding the Booker winner. The Finkler Question is a novel about love, loss and male friendship, and the modern Jewish identity. He is best known for penning comic novels such as The Mighty Walzer and Coming from Behind.
Although he has been compared to America's Philip Roth, Jacobson is seen as a very British author with a relatively low profile outside the United Kingdom.
When Olivier sets sail for the nascent United States—ostensibly to make a study of the penal system, but more precisely to save his neck from one more revolution—Parrot will be there, too: as spy for the marquis, and as protector, foe, and foil for Olivier.
Jack lives with his Ma in Room, which has a locked door and a skylight, and measures 11 feet by 11 feet. He loves watching TV but he knows that nothing he sees on screen is ... truly real - only him, Ma and the things in Room. Until the day Ma admits that there's a world outside ...