A self-proclaimed reverer of Shakespeare, Howard explains how he rose to the challenge of adapting one of the bard’s more controversial plays, and questions how much has really changed for Jews since Shakespeare first created the part of Shylock. Howard’s objects include a table tennis bat and a photograph of his grandmother, and he talks about his inspirational primary school teacher.

  • Shylock is My Name

    Hogarth Shakespeare

  • A re-envisaging of Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice, from the Man Booker Prize-winner and our great chronicler of Jewish life.

    ‘Who is this guy, Dad? What is he doing here?’

    With an absent wife and a daughter going off the rails, wealthy art collector and philanthropist Simon Strulovitch is in need of someone to talk to. So when he meets Shylock at a cemetery in Cheshire’s Golden Triangle, he invites him back to his house. It’s the beginning of a remarkable friendship ...

    Jacobson is quite simply a master of comic precision. He writes like a dreamEvening Standard

    'The funniest British novelist since Kingsley Amis or Tom Sharpe' Mail on Sunday

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