UK author wins Booker Prize

2010-10-13 08:35

London - British author Howard Jacobson won the prestigious Booker Prize on Tuesday for literature for his work The Finkler Question, beating the favourite Tom McCarthy.

Jacobson, a London author and columnist, picked up the prize for his work which explores what it means to be Jewish in the modern world.

His triumph comes after previous disappointments - he had twice before been long-listed for the prize, but had never before made it to the shortlist.

One of the highest-profile awards in English language literature, the annual Booker Prize is awarded for the best work of fiction by an author from the Commonwealth, the Republic of Ireland or Zimbabwe.

Contenders must have been published in the past year and write in English.

The prize comes with a winner's cheque for £50 000 and all but guarantees an upsurge in book sales.