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Winner of the Man Booker Prize 2010. Howard Jacobson, brims with life in this collection of his most acclaimed journalism. From the unusual disposal of his father-in-law's ashes and the cultural wasteland of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang to the melancholy sensuality of Leonard Cohen and desolation of Wagner's tragedies, Jacobson writes with all the thunder and joy of a man possessed. Absurdity piles upon absurdity, and glorious sentences weave together to create an hilarious, heartbreaking and uniquely human collection. This recording is unabridged. Typically abridged audiobooks are t more than 60% of the author's work and as low as 30% with characters and plotlines removed.