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Howard Jacobson

Howard Jacobson

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First broadcast: Sun 06 Feb 2011

Novelist

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."

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Johann Sebastian Bach

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

Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach

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Salvatore Cardillo & Ricardo Cordiferro

Core 'ngrato-Ungrateful Heart

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The Whirlwinds

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The Whirlwinds

Look at Me

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Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong

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Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong

Stars Fell on Alabama

Performer: Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong

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Yossele Rosenblatt

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Yossele Rosenblatt

Misratze B'Rachamim

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Là ci darem la mano (from Don Giovanni)

Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

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Franz Schubert

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Franz Schubert

Piano Trio No. 1 in B flat major

Composer: Franz Schubert

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Al Bowlly with Lew Stone and His Band

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Al Bowlly with Lew Stone and His Band

You're a Sweetheart

Performer: Al Bowlly with Lew Stone and His Band

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Book

The Oxford Book of English Verse by Christopher Ricks

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Never ending supply of pressed shirts and trousers

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