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Ian McEwan up for comic writing prize

Ian McEwan
McEwan won the Booker Prize in 1998 for Amsterdam

Booker prize-winning novelist Ian McEwan has made a comic fiction prize shortlist for his book Solar.

The story, which centres on a climate change scientist, is up for the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse prize.

The shortlist also includes David Nicolls, Paul Murray, Tiffany Murray and Malcolm Pryce.

The prize, now in its 11th year, honours the novel of the last twelve months that has best captured the comic spirit of comic author PG Wodehouse.

The winner will be announced at the Hay Literary Festival next month.

'Laugh aloud'

The author's prize includes having a locally bred Gloucestershire Old Spot pig, which will attend the ceremony, named after them.

The judges of the prize are broadcaster and author James Naughtie, publisher David Campbell, and Hay Festival director Peter Florence.

Mr Campbell said: "Perhaps not enough books can make us laugh aloud as Wodehouse does. This shortlist will."

Previous winners of the prize include DBC Pierre for Vernon God Little (2003), Marina Lewycka for A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian (2005) and Will Self for The Butt (2008).

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