Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize

The Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize is the UK's only literary award for comic literature. Established in 2000 and named in honour of P G Wodehouse, past winners include Paul Torday in 2007 with Salmon Fishing in the Yemen and Marina Lewycka with A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian 2005 and Jasper Fforde for The Well of Lost Plots in 2004. Gary Shteyngart was the first American winner in… (more)

 

2014 selection

Lost for Words

Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize 2014

by Edward St. Aubyn

Edward St. Aubyn is “great at dissecting an entire social world” (Michael Chabon, Los Angeles Times)

Edward St. Aubyn’s Patrick Melrose novels were some of the most celebrated works of fiction of the past...


2013 selection

Zoo Time

Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize 2013

by Howard Jacobson

ENHANCED EDITION: Includes additional content

Reading is over. Writing is finished. Publishing is dead. Embittered author Guy Ableman knows this, as does his desperate editor; as does the sad whole of doomed...


2012 selection

Snuff

Discworld #39

Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize 2012

by Terry Pratchett

For nearly three decades, Terry Pratchett has enthralled millions of fans worldwide with his irreverent, wonderfully funny satires set in the fabulously imaginative Discworld, a universe remarkably similar to...


2011 selection

Super Sad True Love Story: A Novel

Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize 2011

by Gary Shteyngart

NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK

 

SELECTED ONE OF 10 BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY

MICHIKO KAKUTANI, THE NEW YORK TIMES

 

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY

The Washington Post • The Boston Globe • San...


2010 selection

Solar

Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize 2010

by Ian Mcewan

Michael Beard is a Nobel Prize-winning physicist (and compulsive overeater) whose best work is behind him. Trading on his reputation, he speaks for enormous fees, lends his name to the letterheads of renowned...


2009 selection

Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi: A Novel

Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize 2009

by Geoff Dyer

A New York Times Notable Book

A Best Book of the Year: The Economist, The New Yorker, San Francisco Chronicle, Slate.com, and Time

In Venice, at the Biennale, a jaded, bellini-swigging journalist named Jeff Atman meets...


2008 selection

The Butt

Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize 2008

by Will Self

"John Gray meets Joseph Conrad, Apocalypse Now meets Graham Greene, Russell Hoban meets Mad Max, J. G . Ballard meets himself. From the flip of the butt onward, Sartre presides over it all."-Guardian


2007 selection

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen

Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize 2007

by Paul Torday

What does it take to make us believe in the impossible?

For Dr. Alfred Jones, life is a quiet mixture of civil service at the National Centre for Fisheries Excellence and marriage to Mary—an ambitious, no-nonsense...


2005 selection

A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian

Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize 2005

by Marina Lewycka

With this wise, tender, and deeply funny novel, Marina Lewycka takes her place alongside Zadie Smith and Monica Ali as a writer who can capture the unchanging verities of family. When an elderly and newly widowed...


2004 selection

The Well of Lost Plots: A Thursday Next Novel

Thursday Next #3

Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize 2004

by Jasper Fforde

The third installment in Jasper Fforde’s New York Times bestselling series follows literary detective Thursday Next on another adventure in her alternate reality of literature-obsessed England

Jasper Fforde...


2003 selection

Vernon God Little

Man Booker Prize 2003, Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize 2003, Whitbread Book Award for First Novel 2003

by Dbc Pierre

In the town jail of Martirio - the barbecue sauce capital of Central Texas - sits fifteen-year-old Vernon Little, dressed only in New Jack trainers and underpants. He is in trouble. His friend Jesus has just...


2002 selection

Spies

Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize 2002, Whitbread Book Award for Novel 2002

by Michael Frayn

From the bestselling author of Headlong, a mesmerizing novel about secrecy, imagination, and a child's game turned deadly earnest

The sudden trace of a disturbing, forgotten aroma compels Stephen Wheatley to...


2001 selection

The Rotters' Club

Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize 2001

by Jonathan Coe

Birmingham, England, c. 1973: industrial strikes, bad pop music, corrosive class warfare, adolescent angst, IRA bombings. Four friends: a class clown who stoops very low for a laugh; a confused artist enthralled...