The Finkler Question by Howard Jacobson - winner of the 2010 Man Booker Prize for Fiction

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 (approximately $80,000) 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.

 


2010 Booker Shortlist

Parrot & Olivier in America by Peter Carey Parrot & Olivier in America
Peter Carey

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.

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Room by Emma Donoghue Room
Emma Donoghue

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 ...

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In a Strange Room by Damon Galgut In a Strange Room
Damon Galgut

A novel of longing and thwarted desire, rage and compassion, In a Strange Room is the hauntingly beautiful evocation of one man's search for love, and a place to call home.

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C by Tom McCarthy C
Tom McCarthy

Opening in England at the turn of the twentieth century, C is the story of a boy named Serge Carrefax, whose father spends his time experimenting with wireless communication while running a school for deaf children.

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The Long Song by Andrea LevyThe Long Song
Andrea Levy

Andrea Levy reinvents the historical novel with her novel The Long Song, a tale of slavery and freedom in colonial Jamaica. Told in the irresistibly willful and intimate voice of Miss July, The Long Song is at once defiant, funny, and shocking.

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C by Tom McCarthy C
Tom McCarthy

C follows the short, intense life of Serge Carrefax, a man who - as his name suggests - surges into the electric modernity of the early twentieth century, transfixed by the technologies that will obliterate him.

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