Howard Jacobson is the author of eleven novels, among them Kalooki Nights and the Booker Prize-winning The Finkler Question. He writes a weekly column about culture for The Independent and has published several works of nonfiction, including Roots Schmoots and Seriously Funny.
Sir Roy Vandervane (a Leonard Bernstein-esque, but very British, conductor) has been known to indulge in dalliances with younger women, but in the highborn hippie Sylvia, he might have met his match. In Girl, 20, famous curmudgeon and wit Kingsley Amis deals a double-punch to radical chic and Flower Power. “Sir Roy is a first-class character, possibly Amis’s best.”—Anatole Broyard