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Terry Pratchett shortlisted for comic fiction prize

10th May 2012

Sir Terry Pratchett is among five authors shortlisted for the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Comic Fiction, the UK's leading comic fiction award.

The veteran author has been nominated for the award on three previous occasions and will be hoping to register an inaugural victory with his latest title Snuff, the 39th entry in the Discworld series, his 50th title overall and the third fastest-selling book in history in the UK.

Pratchett will face stiff competition from Adrian Mole author Sue Townsend, who is in contention with her latest book, The Woman Who Went to Bed for a Year, while John Lanchester is nominated for his social commentary Capital.

The shortlist is completed by John O'Farrell's The Man Who Forgot His Wife and Julian Gough's Jude in London, a sequel to Jude: Level 1, which was shortlisted for the prize in 2008.

This year's winner will be announced ahead of the Hay Festival in late May and will receive a jeroboam of Bollinger Special Cuvee, a case of Bollinger La Grande Annee and a set of the Everyman Wodehouse collection, which comprises more than 80 books.

As is now customary, the winner will also be presented with a locally bred Gloucestershire Old Spot pig, named after the winning book.

Peter Florence, director of the Hay Festival and a member of the judging panel, said the shortlisted candidates are all on 'top form'.

He added: 'It's a really happy list that resonates with lots of the verbal wit, delightful characterisation and satirical edge of Wodehouse's own work.'

The winner of the 2012 Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Comic Fiction will follow in the footsteps of Gary Shteyngart, who scooped the 2011 award for Super Sad True Love Story.

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