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Edward St Aubyn wins Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize
"The only thing I was sure of when I was writing this satire on literary prizes was that it wouldn't win any prizes. I was wrong. I had overlooked the one prize with a sense of humour." Edward St Aubyn's Lost For Words - and the author sees the funny side.
"The challenge I set myself with Lost For Words," said St Aubyn "was to see if I could enjoy writing. In that, at least, I succeeded."
He added that "The fact this novel has given pleasure to others - and in particular the judges of the Bollinger Everyman Woodhouse Prize for Comic Fiction - is an encouragement for which I am delighted and grateful."
As winner, St Aubyn will be presented with a Gloucestershire Old Spot pig at the Hay Festival on Saturday 24th May which will be named after his winning novel - a traditional prize which has been bestowed on all previous winning novels including Snuff, A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian, and All Fun and Games until Somebody Loses an Eye.
"I regret that my pig and I will not be spending as much time together as we both might have liked," said the author, "Lost For Words will be leading a literary life down on Comic Farm, surrounded by all the other previous winners, while I'll be up in London making a pig of myself with a Jeroboam of delicious Bollinger."