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J: A Novel by Howard Jacobson
  

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For thirty years Jacobson has stuck to his roots, mining his own life for material … until now for, with this book, he has switched to making things up. The result is a triumph. Set in the future and revolving round a tender love story, Jacobson has created a strange society. Hanging over everything is an event, or series of events, that happened some time in the 2010/20s, referred to as What Happened, if it Happened. Gradually we learn more. The lovers are innocent which gives an emotional intensity to the whole thing as we flit back through family histories. This is a rich and important book, utterly brilliant. ~ Sarah Broadhurst

Shortlisted for the Goldsmiths Prize 2014.

Shortlisted for The Man Booker Prize 2014.

If you like Howard Jacobson you might also like to read books by Margaret Atwood, Jonathan Franzen and Michael Frayn.

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J: A Novel by Howard Jacobson

The brilliant new novel from the Booker prize-winning author. Two people fall in love, not yet knowing where they have come from or where they are going. They aren't sure if they have fallen in love of their own accord, or whether they've been pushed into each other's arms. But who would have pushed them, and why? Hanging over their lives is a momentous catastrophe - a past event shrouded in suspicion, denial and apology, now referred to as What Happened, If It Happened. Set in the future - a world where the past is a dangerous country, not to be talked about or visited - J is a love story of incomparable strangeness, both tender and terrifying. Short-listed for the 2014 Man Booker Prize Short-listed for the 2014 Goldsmiths Prize.


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A mighty novel.' Observer

'Remarkable... May well come to be seen as the dystopian British novel of its times' Guardian

'Thrilling and enigmatic New York Times Book Review Snarling, effervescent and ambitious... Jacobson's triumph is to craft a novel that is poignant as well as troubling' Independent

About the Author

Howard Jacobson

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, the 2010 Man Booker Prize-winning, The Finkler Question and, most recently, Zoo Time. Howard Jacobson lives in Soho, London.

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Publication date

6th August 2015

Author

Howard Jacobson

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Publisher

Vintage an imprint of Vintage Publishing

Format

Paperback
336 pages

Categories

Literary Fiction
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9780099598381

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