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Sanders, Wilbur and Howard Jacobson. 1978. Shakespeare’s Magnanimity: Four Tragic Heroes, Their Friends and Families. New York: Oxford University Press.

Jacobson, Howard. 1984 [1983]. Coming From Behind. London: Black Swan.

Jacobson, Howard. 1985 [1984]. Peeping Tom. London: Black Swan.

Jacobson, Howard. 1986. Redback. New York: Bantam.

Jacobson, Howard. 1987a. In the Land of Oz. London: Hamish Hamilton.

Jacobson, Howard. 1992. The Very Model of a Man. London: Viking.

Jacobson, Howard. 1993a. Roots Schmoots: Journeys Among Jews. London: Viking.

Jacobson, Howard. 1997. Seriously Funny: From the Ridiculous to the Sublime. Harmondsworth: Penguin.

Jacobson, Howard. 1998a. No More Mr Nice Guy. London: Vintage.

Jacobson, Howard. 1999a. The Mighty Walzer. London: Jonathan Cape.

Jacobson, Howard. 2002a. Who’s Sorry Now? London: Jonathan Cape.

Jacobson, Howard. 2005a [2004]. The Making of Henry. London: Vintage.

Jacobson, Howard. 2006a. Kalooki Nights. London: Jonathan Cape.

Jacobson, Howard. 2009a [2008]. The Act of Love. London: Vintage.

Jacobson, Howard. 2010a. The Finkler Question. London: Bloomsbury.

Jacobson, Howard. 2012a [2011]. Whatever It Is, I Don’t Like It. London: Bloomsbury.

Jacobson, Howard. 2013a [2012]. Zoo Time. London: Bloomsbury.

Jacobson, Howard. 2014a. J. London: Jonathan Cape.

Jacobson, Howard. 2015a. When Will the Jews Be Forgiven for the Holocaust? Amazon: Kindle Single.

Jacobson, Howard. 2016a. Shylock is My Name. London: Hogarth.

Jacobson, Howard. 2017a. Pussy: A Novel. London: Jonathan Cape.

Jacobson, Howard. 2017b. The Dog’s Last Walk (and Other Pieces). London: Bloomsbury.

Jacobson, Howard. 2019a. Live a Little. London: Jonathan Cape.

Other publications

Jacobson, Howard. 1987b. ‘Papa’s little popgun’ (review of Kenneth S. Lynn, Hemingway). Observer, 13 September: 26.

Jacobson, Howard. 1988. ‘The flesh is strong’ (review of Frank Moorhouse, Forty-Seventeen). Observer, 6 November: 45–46.

Jacobson, Howard. 1989a. ‘She, to him’. In Butler 1989: 74–87.

Jacobson, Howard. 1989b. ‘Conquering Everest’ (review of Ross Fitzgerald, Pushed from the Wings and All About Anthrax). Observer, 16 July: 42.

Jacobson, Howard. 1990. ‘Humdrum and airy nothings’ (review of Frank Muir, ed. The Oxford Book of Humorous Prose). Times Literary Supplement 4549, 8 June: 60, 65.

Jacobson, Howard. 1993b. ‘The end of painting’. The Times, 9 May: 32.

Jacobson, Howard. 1998b. ‘The truth about sex, lust, love and lying’. Evening Standard, 22 December: 13.

Jacobson, Howard. 1999b. ‘My best teacher’. Times Educational Supplement, January 1: 17.

Jacobson, Howard. 1999c. ‘Jokes that save us from ourselves’. Evening Standard, 17 March: 13.

Jacobson, Howard. 1999d. ‘The one bright book of life’. Sydney Morning Herald, 27 November: 30.

Jacobson, Howard. 2000a. ‘Introduction’. In Rosten 2000: xii–xvi.

Jacobson, Howard. 2000b. ‘Resignation letters’ (review of Simon Louvish, Monkey Business). Times Literary Supplement 5051, 21 January: 20.

Jacobson, Howard. 2000c. ‘Why is Germaine getting her knickers in a twist?’. Sunday Herald, 14 May: 16.

Jacobson, Howard. 2000d. ‘Evangelista, Supermanc’. Evening Standard, 5 June: 32.

Jacobson, Howard. 2000e. ‘A study in temptation’. Sunday Times, 15 October: 7.

Jacobson, Howard. 2001a. ‘On the box’. Guardian, 20 November: 2.6.

Jacobson, Howard. 2001b. ‘It wouldn’t take much to stir the sediment of hate’. Evening Standard, 20 December: 13.

Jacobson, Howard. 2002b. ‘A little night reading’. Sunday Times, 28 April: 40.

Jacobson, Howard. 2002c. ‘Sponge that changed our world’ (review of Jerome Charyn, Sizzling Chops and Devilish Spins). Daily Telegraph, 17 August: 5.

Jacobson, Howard. 2002d. ‘To kill a critic’. Evening Standard, 23 September: 47.

Jacobson, Howard. 2002e. ‘Don’t shoot the critic’. Evening Standard, 30 December: 33.

Jacobson, Howard. 2002f. ‘Introduction’. In Thurber 2002: vii–xii.

Jacobson, Howard. 2003. ‘Why can’t a man be more like a woman?’. Sunday Telegraph, 28 September: 25.

Jacobson, Howard. 2004a. ‘Introduction’. In Heller 2004: v–xiii.

Jacobson, Howard. 2004b. ‘Must Jewish comedy be so tragic?’. Evening Standard, 12 February: 34.

Jacobson, Howard. 2005b. ‘Mind your language, Ken’. Evening Standard, 14 February: 13.

Jacobson, Howard. 2005c. ‘Up, up and oy vey’. The Times, 5 March: www.thetimes.co.uk/article/up-up-and-oy-vey-zgfnxxpknqk

Jacobson, Howard. 2005d. ‘This woman lecturer is peddling the oldest form of hatred. Why can no one stop her?’. Evening Standard, 27 April: 16.

Jacobson, Howard. 2005e. ‘If you raise a hand against your own country, you also raise a hand against yourself’. Independent, 23 July: 44.

Jacobson, Howard. 2005f. ‘When you’ve got a red-top heart, the concept of human rights means absolutely nothing’. Independent, 13 August: 36.

Jacobson, Howard. 2005g. ‘If it’s not feel-good and involving wizards, then it must be melancholy and difficult’. Independent, 15 October: 44.

Jacobson, Howard. 2006b. ‘If a certain culture is scrutinised and found wanting, then don’t shoot the messenger’. Independent, 2 September: 35.

Jacobson, Howard. 2007a. ‘All the lonely people’. Independent, 2 March: 1.

Jacobson, Howard. 2007b. ‘Disappointment awaits those who delve into the so-called mysteries of a writer’s life’. Independent, 28 April: 1.

Jacobson, Howard. 2007c. ‘When a child is stolen, it takes us into the unfathomable heart of human existence’. Independent, 12 May: 1.

Jacobson, Howard. 2007d. ‘There is a magnificence in lies when they are egregious and managed with aplomb’. Independent, 21 July: 1.

Jacobson, Howard. 2007e. ‘It takes a Mancuian to combine a deep love for literature with a genius for populism’. Independent, 18 August: 1.

Jacobson, Howard. 2007f. Untitled interview. Financial Times, 8 September: 38.

Jacobson, Howard. 2007g. ‘When in Houston, there is little else to do but think of death’. Independent, 17 November: 42.

Jacobson, Howard. 2008a. ‘The heart has its allegiances, to places as well as people. And a country is both’. Independent, 22 March: 44.

Jacobson, Howard. 2008b. ‘The first step on the road to wisdom is admitting that you don’t know anything’. Independent, 24 May: 46.

Jacobson, Howard. 2008c. Interview with Spike Lee. Evening Standard, 27 July: 46.

Jacobson, Howard. 2008d. ‘Oh, to be a working man again – if only for the full English breakfast’. Independent, 27 September: 34.

Jacobson, Howard. 2008e. ‘Russell Brand winked at me once. And when he winks at you, you stay winked’. Independent, 1 November: 38.

Jacobson, Howard. 2008f. ‘Introduction’. In Lawrence 2008: vii–xiv.

Jacobson, Howard. 2009b. ‘Careless talk costs lives, so keep your scaremongering to yourself’. Independent, 13 December: 42.

Jacobson, Howard. 2009c. ‘Reinvention is the joy and purpose art. Truth is for judges’. Independent, 21 March: 40.

Jacobson, Howard. 2009d. ‘Pox Britannica’. New Republic, 15 April: 6.

Jacobson, Howard. 2009e. ‘Without a healthy dose of intelligence, sex is just a mechanical process’. Independent, 16 May: 34.

Jacobson, Howard. 2009f. ‘Make me laugh – even at an offensive joke – but just don’t be so smug about it’. Independent, 31 October: 41.

Jacobson, Howard. 2009g. ‘If the Coens were going back to their roots, they must have lost their way’. Independent, 28 November: www.independent.co.uk/voices/commentators/howard-jacobson/howard-jacobson-if-the-coens-were-going-back-to-their-jewish-roots-they-must-have-lost-their-way-1829890.html

Jacobson, Howard. 2010b. ‘The allure of the older woman’. Daily Mail, 25 January: 27.

Jacobson, Howard. 2010c. ‘We could learn a thing or two about television from the Americans – really’. Independent, 13 March: 41.

Jacobson, Howard. 2010d. ‘Sex, love and rivalry: the truth about male bonding’. The Times, 7 August: 6.

Jacobson, Howard. 2010e. ‘Brotherly love’. Independent, 2 October: 44.

Jacobson, Howard. 2010f. ‘Where there’s smoke there’s fire’ (review of Simon Gray, The Smoking Diaries). Critical Quarterly 52.1: 4–8.

Jacobson, Howard. 2010g. ‘Coming from behind’ (interview with Ed Caesar). Sunday Times, 17 October: 8.

Jacobson, Howard. 2010h. ‘Taking comic novels seriously’. Guardian, 9 October: www.theguardian.com/books/2010/oct/09/howard-jacobson-comic-novels

Jacobson, Howard. 2010i. ‘The plot against England’. Tablet, 11 October: www.tabletmag.com/jewish-news-and-politics/46961/the-plot-against-england

Jacobson, Howard. 2011a. ‘Howard Jacobson on being taught by F.R. Leavis’. Daily Telegraph, 23 April: www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/books/8466388/Howard-Jacobson-on-being-taught-by-FRLeavis.html

Jacobson, Howard. 2011b. ‘Critics who need to examine themselves’. Independent, 28 May: 38.

Jacobson, Howard. 2012b. ‘The City: Manchester’. Newsweek, 18 April: 159.16.

Jacobson, Howard. 2012c. ‘In praise of bad boys’ books’. Guardian, 6 October: 2.

Jacobson, Howard. 2012d. ‘When the random cruelty of the world arises from a silly joke, our sorrow is all the deeper’. Independent, 15 December: 41.

Jacobson, Howard. 2013b. ‘Nothing else matters’. Telegraph, 25 May: 6.

Jacobson, Howard. 2013c. ‘A return to form for Woody Allen? Don’t make me laugh – Blue Jasmine certainly didn’t’. Independent, 5 October: 47.

Jacobson, Howard. 2013d. ‘Will we ever be forgiven for the Holocaust?’. Forward, 25 October: 22.

Jacobson, Howard. 2013e. ‘Now we are 350’. Jewish Quarterly 60: 113–16.

Jacobson, Howard. 2014b. ‘A night at the ballet can teach you more about values than any harebrained political campaign’. Independent, 21 June: 35.

Jacobson, Howard. 2014c. ‘What I’ve learnt’. The Times, 16 August: 8–9.

Jacobson, Howard. 2014d. ‘I was about 12 when I began celebrating my birthday by locking myself in my bedroom and sobbing over sad music’. Independent, 30 August: 39.

Jacobson, Howard. 2015b. ‘Artistic creation frees us from “right thinking”’. Guardian, 26 June: 17.

Jacobson, Howard. 2015c. ‘“I write about male sexual obsession . . . fortunately none of my three wives has mistaken fiction for fact”: Howard Jacobson on sex, religion and anti-semitism’. Mail Online, August 8: www.dailymail.co.uk/home/event/article-3186946/Howard-Jacobson-write-male-sexual-obsession-fortunately-none-three-wives-mistaken-fiction-fact.html

Jacobson, Howard. 2015d. ‘Show me the jihadist with a well-thumbed copy of Middlemarch in his back pocket’. Independent, 12 December: 39.

Jacobson, Howard. 2016b. ‘At the Royal Academy I realised I could never love compost like Mirbeau did’. Independent, 20 February: 39.

Jacobson, Howard. 2016c. ‘The heroes who came undone’. New Statesman, 7 October: 46–49.

Jacobson, Howard. 2017c. ‘I don’t do social media, so why can’t I stop checking my phone?’. Guardian, 2 September: www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/sep/02/howard-jacobson-mobile-phone-social-media

Jacobson, Howard. 2017d. ‘Manchester, united in grief and kindness’. New York Times, 23 May: www.nytimes.com/2017/05/23/opinion/manchester-arena-bombing-ariana-grande-howard-jacobson.html

Jacobson, Howard et al. 2017. Letter to The Times. The Times, 6 November: www.thetimes.co.uk/article/the-labour-party-and-its-approach-to-zionism-cpx2xnkdm

Jacobson, Howard. 2018a. ‘Jews know what antisemitism is and what it isn’t. To invent it would be a sacrilege’. Guardian, 7 April 2018: www.theguardian.com/world/2018/apr/07/howard-jacobson-jews-know-what-antisemitism-is-and-what-it-isnt-to-invent-it-would-be-a-sacrilege

Jacobson, Howard. 2018b. ‘It’s a bad time to be a man’. New European, 22 October: www.theneweuropean.co.uk/top-stories/howard-jacobson-toxic-masculinity-bad-time-to-be-a-man-1-5742518

Jacobson 2018c. Interview with Emily Maitlis. Newsnight, 24 May: www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZCinws3ReRw

Jacobson, Howard. 2019b. ‘Iris Murdoch at 100 and Howard Jacobson on humour and shame’. Guardian Books Podcast, 16 July: www.theguardian.com/books/audio/2019/jul/16/iris-murdoch-at-100-howard-jacobson-on-humour-and-shame-books-podcast

Jacobson, Howard, et al. 2019. Letter to The Observer. Jewish Labour Movement, 14 July: www.jewishlabour.uk/thepoisoninlabourssoul

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