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Howard Jacobson

Howard Jacobson

Kirsty Young's castaway is the writer Howard Jacobson.

After many years of swiping at literary prizes, last October he walked off with the biggest one going, the Man Booker. His book, The Finkler Question, was a study of what it meant to be Jewish in England. It's a subject that has been very near to Howard Jacobson's heart. He says: "My sense of myself has always meant being on the outside. On the outside as a Jew, looking into gentile England, but also on the outside of Jewishness too. I have always felt myself to be on the outside of everything."

Record: You're a Sweetheart
Book: The Oxford Book of English Verse
Luxury: A never ending supply of pressed shirts and trousers

Producer: Leanne Buckle.

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