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The Genius of Howard Jacobson

13 October 2010 by Alison Cornmell

Painting of a nude woman on a rock

‘Perseus and Andromeda’ by Frederic Leighton, 1891 – An example of the type of work Howard Jacobson will talk about in the programme

This morning I saw a familiar face on the TV as I ate my soggy cereal.

Last night Howard Jacobson had won the Man Booker Prize for his novel ‘The Finkler Question’ and there he was on BBC Breakfast giving his acceptance speech.

Only a few months ago I was supervising filming at the Lady Lever Art Gallery and the Walker Art Gallery where he was filming a documentary for Channel 4.

Coincidentally this programme will be on this Sunday at 7pm. Mr Jacobson was speaking about the way British artists depict sex and desire, and argues that the most compelling expression is to be found, perhaps unexpectedly, in the art of the Victorians.

I was looking forward to watching Sunday’s programme and turning to my housemate to boast I’d met that man on the telly – it seems my opportunity has come quicker than expected.

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