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Ian McEwan shortlisted for comedy prize

27th April 2010

Award-winning author Ian McEwan has made it onto the shortlist for the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize.

Established in 2000 to honour comedy author P.G. Wodehouse, the prize has had a number of high-profile winners including Will Self, Paul Torday and Jasper Fforde.

McEwan has been nominated for his book Solar, which charts the life of an eminent yet unhealthy Nobel Prize-winning physicist called Michael Beard.

The author will be competing against David Nicholls, Paul Murray, Tiffany Murray and Malcolm Pryce.

Commenting on this year's entries, publisher David Campbell, one of the judges for the prize, said: 'Perhaps not enough books can make us laugh aloud as Wodehouse does. This shortlist will.'

The winner of the prize will be announced at this year's Hay Festival, which takes place between May 27th and June 6th in Hay-on-Wye.

Hilary Mantel, who won last year's Man Booker Prize with her novel Wolf Hall, will be speaking at the event.

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