Howard Jacobson was born in Manchester and studied English at Cambridge. He is the author of sixteen novels and seven works of non-fiction. He won the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize in 2000 for The Mighty Walzer and in 2013 for Zoo Time. In 2010 he was awarded the Man Booker Prize for The Finkler Question and was shortlisted again in 2014 for J. His latest book, a memoir, is Mother’s Boy: A Writer’s Beginnings. He contributes regularly to BBC Radio Four’s A Point of View. He is Honorary Fellow of Downing College, Cambridge, and Visiting Professor at New College of the Humanities, London.