McEwan wins Wodehouse Prize
25.05.10 | Victoria Gallagher
Ian McEwan has won the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Comic Fiction with his novel on climate change, Solar (Jonathan Cape).
The prize, which is now in its 11th year, celebrates the novel of the last 12 months that has best captured the comic spirit of P.G. Wodehouse.
David Campbell, judge and publisher of Everyman’s Library, said: “It was an easy unanimous decision by the judges. This is a brilliantly funny book, by a great writer.”
McEwan will speak about his winning book with Peter Florence, festival director and one of the judges of the prize at the Guardian Hay Festival on Friday (28th May). He will then receive his prize: a jeroboam of Bollinger Special Cuvée, a case of Bollinger La Grande Année and a set of the Everyman Wodehouse collection.
He will also be presented with a locally-bred Gloucestershire Old Spot pig, which will been named ‘Solar’ after the winning novel. Previous winners and therefore pigs, have been named A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian, All Fun and Games until Somebody Loses an Eye and Salmon Fishing in the Yemen.