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Howard Jacobson wins Booker Prize for his comic novel

Howard Jacobson has described himself as a 'Jewish Jane Austen', and last night his comic touch paid off when he was awarded the Man Booker Prize for his eleventh novel 'The Finkler Question'.

Sir Andrew Motion, Chair of judges, described the 68-year-old author's book as "very funny, of course, but also very clever, very sad and very subtle".

The author tells BBC Breakfast of his surprise at winning the award and how his book explores Jewish identity, through the lives of three friends - two of them Jewish and one who wishes he was.

  • 13 Oct 2010