Howard Jacobson was selected among a shortlist of 6 writers-Peter Carey, Emma Donoghue, Damon Galgut, Howard Jacobson, Andrea Levy and Tom McCarthy.
Sir Andrew Motion, chair of the judging panel, said Jacobson"s writing shared qualities with William Shakespeare. "Jacobson certainly knows something that Shakespeare knew, the relationship between comedy and tragedy," he said.
The book is about the relationship between 3 friends- Julian Treslove, a former BBC producer; Sam Finkler-a popular Jewish philosopher, writer and television personality; and their former teacher Libor Sevick a Czechoslovakian.
British author Howard Jacobson, has written 15 books and also has a weekly column in 'The Independent'-British newspaper. Jacobson, had been on the list twice but had never been shortlisted until this year.