Winner of both the Man Booker Prize and the Bollinger Prize for comic fiction, Howard Jacobson is the author of sixteen novels and eight works of nonfiction. His latest, Live A Little, will be published the week after the festival and available in the bookshop.
Live A Little is a wickedly observed novel about falling in love at the end of your life. At the age of ninety, Beryl Dusenberry is forgetting everything – including her own children. Shimi Carmelli can do up his own buttons and walks without the aid of a frame, and among the Widows of North London he’s whispered about as the last of the eligible bachelors. Can they find meaning in what is left of life?
Howard will be in conversation with Professor John Mullan, head of the English Department at UCL.