novelist, born in Manchester and educated at Cambridge. His first novel, Coming from Behind (1983), a sparkling campus satire set in the Midlands polytechnic of Wrottesley, was followed by Peeping Tom (1984), an intertextual comedy which moves between north London and Cornwall and interweaves a provocative commentary on T. Hardy's voyeurist sexuality. Redback (1987) takes its narrator from the north of England, via a double first in moral decencies at Cambridge, to Australia, the subject of his travel book, In the Land of Oz (1987). Other novels include The Very Model of a Man (1992), on the biblical theme of Cain and Abel; No More Mr Nice Guy (1998), a macho comedy; and The Making of Henry (2004) which embraces romance, bathos, and middle age in St John's Wood. Roots Schmoots: Journeys Among Jews (1993) is an exploration of Jewish identity. The Finkler Question 2010 won the 2010 Man Booker prize.