Posted on 18/05/2012
Howard Jacobson's The Finkler Question
Man Booker prize winning author Howard Jacobson is the latest in a star-studded list of top novelists to take part in the Lunchtime Reading Series at Royal Holloway, University of London.
Jacobson will be reading from The Finkler Question on Thursday 24 May at 1pm as part of the regular literary event that has included readings from former Poet Laureate Sir Andrew Motion and celebrated novelist James Meek.
The Finkler Question won the Booker prize in 2010 becoming the first comic novel to win the award in its 42-year history.
Described as 'a scorching story of friendship and loss, exclusion and belonging, and of the wisdom and humanity of maturity', The Finkler Question follows the stories of Sam Finkler, a popular Jewish philosopher, writer and television personality, his old school friend Julian Treslove, a professionally unspectacular former BBC radio producer, and their former teacher, Libor Sevcik. Libor and Finkler are recently widowed, and along with Treslove, with his chequered and unsuccessful record with women rendering him an honorary third widower, they dine at Libor's grand, central London apartment.
As Treslove walks home alone after an evening of reminiscence he is mugged, by a woman, and finds his life changed and everything coming under question.
The Lunchtime Reading Series is a free event organised by the English Department at Royal Holloway, University of London. All welcome. Howard Jacobson, 24 May 2012, 1pm Arts Building Lecture Theatre 1.
To buy a copy of the book, visit the Bloomsbury website.