Howard Jacobson

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Howard Jacobson (born 1942-08-24) is a prize-winning British comic novelist, non-fiction writer and former academic.


  • Although I was too young to understand the theory of universal (that's to say male) guilt, I was old enough to know which sex suffered migraine and which sex caused it.
    • Redback (1986) p. 29.
  • All those words of praise they use for novels – spare, economical. Why should I shell out £17 for economical?
    • Interviewed in the Daily Telegraph, April 2003. [1]
  • I'm a Jewish Jane Austen.
    • Interviewed for Nextbook, September 14, 2004. [2]

Coming from Behind (1983)[edit]

  • In the matrimonial life of the Jewish male every day is Yom Kippur.
    • Ch. 1
  • In the highly improbable event of his being asked to nominate the one most un-Jewish thing he could think of, Sefton Goldberg would have been hard pressed to decide between Nature – that's to say birds, trees, flowers, and country walks – and football – that's to say beer, bikies, mud, and physical pain.
    • Ch. 3
  • He was as sentimental as Hitler about applause and crowds.
    • Ch. 3

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