Said to have ‘some of the wittiest, most poignant and sharply intelligent comic prose in the English language', The Finkler Question has been described as ‘wonderful' and ‘richly satisfying' and as a novel of ‘full of wit, warmth, intelligence, human feeling and understanding'Aldus de officiële website van de prijs.
Volgens een interview in The Guardian met juryvoorzitter Andrew Motion:
"The place of comedy in society has changed – so maybe we are more accommodating of it than we have ever been in the past. However, The Finkler Question should not, he said, be seen as something that was "relentlessly middle-brow, or easy-peasy" because it was comic. "It is much cleverer and more complicated and about much more difficult things than it immediately lets you know. Several people have used the word wise, and that's a good word."Klinkt goed. Het boek komt op mijn verlanglijstje.