We have TWO copies of the new Man-Booker-longlisted novel J by Howard Jacobson to give away! To be in to win, just answer the following question correctly:
In what year did Howard Jacobson win the Man Booker prize for his novel The Finkler Question?
To enter, email your answer along with your library card number to firstname.lastname@example.org . Please also include your preferred library branch to pick up your prize from, if you should win!
You must be a Wellington City Libraries member to enter the competition. Winners will be drawn at 5pm on September 19th, 2014.
In the meantime, you can check out Howard Jacobson’s back catalogue in the WCL collection here.
J: Set in the future, a world where the past is a dangerous country, not to be talked about or visited, J is a love story of incomparable strangeness, both tender and terrifying. Two people fall in love, not yet knowing where they have come from or where they are going. Kevern doesn’t know why his father always drew two fingers across his lips when he said a world starting with a J. It wasn’t then, and isn’t now, the time or place to be asking questions. Ailinn too has grown up in the dark about who she was or where she came from. On their first date Kevern kisses the bruises under her eyes. He doesn’t ask who hurt her. Brutality has grown commonplace. They aren’t sure if they have fallen in love of their own accord, or whether they’ve been pushed into each other’s arms. But who would have pushed them, and why? Hanging over the lives of all the characters in this novel is a momentous catastrophe – a past event shrouded in suspicion, denial and apology, now referred to as What Happened, If It Happened. J is a novel to be talked about in the same breath as Nineteen Eighty Four and Brave New World, thought provoking and life changing. (Syndetics summary)
Thank you to Random House for supplying us with these books!