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Howard Jacobson

Duration:
45 minutes
First broadcast:
Sunday 06 February 2011

Kirsty Young's castaway is the writer Howard Jacobson.

After many years of swiping at literary prizes, last October he walked off with the biggest one going, the Man Booker. His book, The Finkler Question, was a study of what it meant to be Jewish in England. It's a subject that has been very near to Howard Jacobson's heart. He says: "My sense of myself has always meant being on the outside. On the outside as a Jew, looking into gentile England, but also on the outside of Jewishness too. I have always felt myself to be on the outside of everything."

Record: You're a Sweetheart
Book: The Oxford Book of English Verse
Luxury: A never ending supply of pressed shirts and trousers

Producer: Leanne Buckle.

Music Played

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    Johann Sebastian Bach Bach's Cantata No.82 – Schlummert ein ihr matten Augen – Close in sleep, O weary eyelids

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    Bach: Handel: Solo Cantatas…Baker., EMI classics

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    Salvatore Cardillo & Ricardo Cordiferro Core 'ngrato-Ungrateful Heart

    Artist: Mario Lanza

    Mario Lanza: For the First Time, that Midnight Kiss, RCA

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  • Image for Yossele Rosenblatt

    Yossele Rosenblatt Misratze B'Rachamim

    Composer:

    Jewish Liturgy: Seven Great Cantors, Buda

  • Image for Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Là ci darem la mano (from Don Giovanni)

    Artist: Graziella Sciutti & Eberhard Wachter with the Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by Carlo Maria Giulini

    Don Giovanni, EMI Classics

  • Image for Franz Schubert

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    Beethoven/Schubert:Trios Cortot/Thibaud/Casals, EMI

  • Image for Al Bowlly with Lew Stone and His Band

    Al Bowlly with Lew Stone and His Band You're a Sweetheart

    Composer: Harold Adamson & Jimmy McHugh

    Lew Stone & His Band, Decca

Credits

Presenter
Kirsty Young
Interviewed Guest
Howard Jacobson

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