Congratulations to novelist Howard Jacobson, who after several appearances on Britain’s prestigious Man Booker Prize longlist made his first appearance on the shortlist today, along with five other novels. His The Finkler Question joins novels by Peter Carey (who could be the first three-time Man Booker winner), Emma Donoghue, Damon Galgut, Tom McCarthy, and Andrea Levy. Levy, who was nominated for The Long Song, is of Jamaican-Scots-Jewish descent (whence her last name). While we wish her the best, since Jacobson has been a Vox Tablet guest, he is Tablet Magazine’s official Man Booker candidate.
And he’s the shortlist longshot! British bookies, for whom the Man Booker is basically the Super Bowl, have fixed him at 8:1 odds, as opposed McCarthy, the favorite at 2:1; Donoghue and Galgut at 3:1; Carey at 5:1; and Levy at 7:1. Winner is announced October 12. You know you don’t want to miss that octupled payday.