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The funniest books in Britain? Wodehouse Prize shortlist announced
The funniest books in Britain? Wodehouse Prize shortlist announced

The Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for comic fiction announced its shortlist Thursday, with five novelists competing for the title of Britain's funniest author with the book that "best captures the comic spirit of P.G. Wodehouse," the author of, among many others, the "Jeeves and Wooster" novels.  "This is one of the strongest shortlists I have seen," said judge and Everyman's Library publisher David Campbell. "All five novels are truly brilliantly funny." Notably absent from the list of finalists this year was perennial British prize-winner Hilary Mantel. Among the front-runners is Michael Frayn, with his novel "Skios"...

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