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    DescriptionIt takes a particular kind of man to want an embroidered polo player astride his left nipple. Occasionally, when I am tired and emotional, or consumed with self-dislike, I try to imagine myself as someone else, a wearer of Yarmouth shirts and fleecy sweats, of windbreakers and rugged Tyler shorts, of baseball caps with polo players where the section of the brain that concerns itself with aesthetics is supposed to be. But the hour passes. Good men return from fighting Satan in the wilderness the stronger for their struggle, and so do I. The winner of the 2010 Man Booker Prize, Howard Jacobson, brims with life in this collection of his most acclaimed journalism. From the unusual disposal of his father-in-law's ashes and the cultural wasteland of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang to the melancholy sensuality of Leonard Cohen and desolation of Wagner's tragedies, Jacobson writes with all the thunder and joy of a man possessed. Absurdity piles upon absurdity, and glorious sentences weave together to create a hilarious, heartbreaking and uniquely human collection. This book is not just a series of parts, but an irresistible, unputdownable sum which triumphantly out-Thurbers Thurber.

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    Whatever it is, I Don't Like it
    The Best of Howard Jacobson
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    By (author) Howard Jacobson
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    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 368
    Width: 153 mm
    Height: 234 mm
    Thickness: 34 mm
    Weight: 625 g
    ISBN 13: 9781408810309
    ISBN 10: 1408810301

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T3.4
    BIC E4L: LIT
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: ET030
    Ingram Theme: CULT/BRITIS
    Ingram Subject Code: LC
    DC22: 828.91408, 824.914
    BIC subject category V2: DNJ
    BISAC V2.8: LCO010000, LCO009000, LCO016000
    Thema V1.0: DNT, DNP
    Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
    Imprint name
    Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
    Publication date
    05 September 2011
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    An award-winning writer and broadcaster, Howard Jacobson was born in Manchester, brought up in Prestwich and was educated at Stand Grammar School in Whitefield, and Downing College, Cambridge, where he studied under F. R. Leavis. He lectured for three years at the University of Sydney before returning to teach at Selwyn College, Cambridge. His novels include The Mighty Walzer (winner of the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize), Kalooki Nights (longlisted for the Man Booker Prize), the highly acclaimed The Act of Love and, most recently, the Man Booker Prize 2010-winning The Finkler Question. Howard Jacobson lives in London.
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    Praise for The Finkler Question: 'The depth of human understanding and lightness of touch combine in beautiful and compelling ways. It is all that it seems and always more than it seems: plangent, forthright but subtle, always melancholy and funny' Sir Andrew Motion 'A real giant, a great, great writer' Jonathan Safran Foer 'Another masterpiece ... How is it possible to read Howard Jacobson and not lose oneself in admiration for the music of his language, the power of his characterisation and the penetration of his insight?' The Times 'Brilliant ... The greatest novelist working in Britain today' Mail on Sunday