Much in the media about Howard Jacobson following his Man Booker Prize success last week.
Apparently his mother thought The Finkler Question too Jewish to win: she was also upset not to see the closing words of his acceptance speech on TV when coverage switched instead to some surfacing Chilean miners.
The novelist was meanwhile picking a bone with Philip Roth, telling the Guardian that the American Roth "thinks English Jews have no balls. He's wrong about that - not least because he doesn't understand England or English Jews. He thought this is a hotbed of antisemitism."
He was also out and about adding to his own knowledge of English Jewry, addressing a packed Gan Wizo meeting in North London on Sunday night.