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Live a Little


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A wickedly observed novel about falling in love at the end of your life, by the Man Booker Prize-winning author of The Finkler Question

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Howard Jacobson has written sixteen novels and five works of non-fiction. He won the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Award in 2000 for The Mighty Walzer and then again in 2013 for Zoo Time. In 2010 he won the Man Booker Prize for The Finkler Question; he was also shortlisted for the prize in 2014 for J.


A joyous new novel... A life-affirming tale of late-flowering love... if we manage to live a little longer, we might have the privilege of enjoying more novels such as this one. * Sunday Times *
Let's pause to consider [Howard Jacobson's] comic elegance and precision... Just look at the way he makes the English language dance for us... the characters, as they converse, striking sparks off one another. * Spectator *
Brilliantly observed... No other novelist writing in Britain could dramatise this nonagenarian love story with greater verve and tenderness, while never forgetting that this is a resplendently comedic form. * Observer *
[Howard Jacobson] is not one to let the catastrophe of old age get in the way of a good laugh, or a surprisingly tender love story... [Live a Little is] merrily bonkers... This book is alive. It pulses with warmth and intelligence, and, unusually for a novel about old age, it has a lot of style. * The Times *
A master of the slightly dark comedy... Jacobson brings this little pocket of North London to life superbly, and his two ageing protagonists are wonderful creations, depicted with wit and compassion. * Tatler *

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