Congratulations must go to British author Howard Jacobson who was named the winner of the £50,000 Man Booker Prize for Fiction for The Finkler Question. Jacobson has been on the Man Booker longlist twice before – for Kalooki Nights in 2006 and for Who’s Sorry Now in 2002. “The Finkler Question is a novel about love, loss and male friendship, and explores what it means to be Jewish today. Said to have ‘some of the wittiest, most poignant and sharply intelligent comic prose in the English language’, The Finkler Question has been described as ‘wonderful’ and ‘richly satisfying’ and as a novel of ‘full of wit, warmth, intelligence, human feeling and understanding’” (Source: The Man Booker Prizes website)
The Finkler Question edged out the bookies favourite, C by Tom McCarthy to win the 2010 prize and Australian Peter Carey’s Parrot and Olivier in America. Carey would have been an unprecedented 3 time winner had his book been chosen. The other shortlisted books are Room by Emma Donoghue, The Long Song by Andrea Levy and In a Strange Room by Damon Galgut. As well as the substantial cash prize of £50,000 (AU$80,137), Howard Jacobson can expect a huge increase in sales and recognition worldwide; already, sales for the books on the 2010 Longlist have been 45% higher than last year. Each of the six shortlisted authors, including the winner, receives £2,500 and a designer-bound edition of their book.