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Manchester's Greatest Writer Puts City In Its Place

Howard Jacobson gets on the list

Written by . Published on June 18th 2011.

Manchester's Greatest Writer Puts City In Its Place

HOWARD JACOBSON, the current Man Booker prize winner, is a genius. He can't help write well. He can't help but entertain.

My frustration with the food everywhere I go, not because I am a timid eater but because I am bored with the Michelinisation of once interesting cuisine.

If there were a Mancunian of the Year award this year, he should win it, and not just for his award-winning novel 'The Finckler Question' but because he's always himself, the best actor of all in the role of Howard Jacobson, writer and barb. 

His current piece in the Independent about those lists of cities you 'must' visit, in this case one from Conde Nast, drips with wit. 

He's very good on Manchester's place on the list.

'But I am pleased Manchester is up there. If proximity to great sporting events, an excellent reference library, a fine art gallery, the best curry houses in the Western world and some of the unlikeliest looking transvestites on the planet are considered pertinent, then Manchester deserves its ranking.'

He ranks Manchester ahead of Melbourne and Vienna in his top four cities with London top dog.  

Part of this is down to Jacobson, voting himself, top of the list of world's worst travellers, he likes it at home. Travel as all real travellers know only broadens the mind if you want it broadening.

Among many personal failings he cites 'my incuriosity as to topography, history or customs, my failure to find the citizens of wherever I've ended up any more interesting, charming or hospitable than the citizens of where I was before, my frustration with the food everywhere I go, not because I am a timid eater but because I am bored with the Michelinisation of once interesting cuisine, my dissatisfaction with all extremes of climate (heat, cold, dryness, wetness, volcanic ash)'.

It's grand stuff read the full article HERE. And let's blame The Independent's sub-editors for spelling St Ann's Square, St Anne's Square.  

You can follow Jonathan Schofield on Twitter here @JonathSchofield

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