The Man Booker Prize
Motion said the decision was simple. “It won because it was the best book. You expect a book by Howard Jacobson to be very clever and very funny and it is both those things. But it is also, in a very interesting way, a very sad, melancholic book. It is comic, it is laughter, but it is laughter in the dark.” Motion agreed it is a comic novel but said it was much more. It was “absolutely a book for grownups, for people who understand that comedy and tragedy are linked”.