Author thanks pupils for alternative Man Booker prize

Girls with signed books

Author Howard Jacobson was so thrilled to discover he’d won the school’s alternative Man Booker prize that he sent signed copies of his book to the girls who championed it.

Sixth formers Liza Vul, Leah Allcock and Abi Roskilly spoke about dystopian love story J during a literary lunch in the school library, with other pupils presenting the case for their own favourites on the shortlist to win.

Girls reading J

Once all six books had been discussed, the audience of keen readers voted for J to win the award.

Manchester-based Jacobson found out via the school’s website that he’d won the prize, so sent individually-signed copies to Liza, Leah, Abi and librarian Ms Josephine Pazos to thank them for choosing his novel.

Borrow the book

Copies of J, alongside real Man Booker prizewinner The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan and the other shortlisted nominees, are available to borrow from the school library.

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