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  • A wonderful memoir, written with great linguistic brio. Candid, shrewd and moving - a classic of its kind.

    William Boyd
  • Laugh-out-loud glorious and uproarious of course - but don't let the self-ribbing fool you; this is deep and poignant.

    Simon Schama
  • Pure delight. Witty, sometimes acid observations jostle with tender reminiscences and enduringly wise insights into what it is to be a Jew, a man, a human being. Its joys help explain why Howard Jacobson is rightly regarded as one of Britain's very greatest writers.

    Jonathan Freedland
  • Howard Jacobson has always been hilariously brilliant at writing fictional versions of his life. He can, it turns out, also tell the real story with all that brilliance and hilarity, with the added gain for the reader of finding out what - and who - made him that writer.

    David Baddiel
  • I was totally absorbed at every stage. . . It is a joy to read. . . I believe it will become a classic.

    Melvyn Bragg
  • This memoir, at once hilarious and poignant, braids together a brilliant stand-up comedian's depiction of a Jewish child's coming-of age in mid-20th-century England with a subtle, nuanced account of the growth of a novelist's mind. Crafted in a vivid, resourceful English in which Yiddish repeatedly surfaces as the mot juste, Mother's Boy is a thrilling book, full of tenderness, rage, and sharp intelligence.

    Stephen Greenblatt
  • Howard Jacobson's writing is by turns hilariously funny & heartbreakingly poignant. His mother would be very proud.

    Jimmy Carr
  • Exquisite elegance... Few Jewish writers, except possibly for Isaac Bashevis Singer or Bernard Malamud, document so well the paradoxes of Jewish life in a Western society.

    Steven Berkoff

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