Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Howard Jacobson's Jewish Mother

Either Howard Jacobson's mother comes straight out of his latest novel, or the winner of the Booker Prize is dabbling in some more fiction. According to the Evening Standard diary,
Speaking at the 5x15 event at the Tabernacle in Notting Hill, Jacobson, whose book The Finkler Question won the Man Booker prize last week, recounted: “I rang my mother the night I won the Booker Prize to tell her.
‘I know, I know,’ she said. ‘I’ve just been listening to the news. But I’m upset about one thing — I didn’t hear the end of your speech because they had to cut it short as the Chilean miners were coming out’.
She said, ‘Those miners have been down there three months. Would 10 more minutes have hurt any of them?’”
At least she couldn't complain he never called....

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