Howard Jacobson Wins Booker
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Howard Jacobson was named the winner of the £50,000 Man Booker Prize for Fiction for his comic novel, The Finkler Question, published by Bloomsbury. At 68, Jacobson is the oldest winner since William Golding won in 1980, aged 69, for Rites of Passage.
“I have been wanting to win the Booker prize from the start. I don’t think I’m alone in that, it’s such a fantastic prize. It was beginning to look like I was the novelist that never ever won the Booker prize.
“I have been increasingly talked about as underrated and I’m so sick of being described as the underrated Howard Jacobson. So the thought that’s gone forever, is wonderful.”
Jacobson claimed he was going to spend his £50,000 prize money on a handbag for his wife. “Have you seen the price of handbags?”