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July 2021

Guy Kennaway wins the 2021 Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Comic Fiction

We are delighted to announce that Guy Kennaway has won the 2021 Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Comic Fiction. His winning novel The Accidental Collector is a laugh-out-loud comedy about the contemporary art world, described by the Daily Mail as a ‘compelling comedy of errors’. He is the 22nd winner of this prestigious annual prize.

Kennaway was awarded the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize at his home in Jamaica. As is tradition for the prize, Guy was presented with a pig, newly named The Accidental Collector, a jeroboam of Bollinger Special Cuvée, a case of Bollinger La Grande Année, and the complete set of the Everyman’s Library P.G. Wodehouse collection.

The winning author Guy Kennaway with his various prizes.

Guy Kennaway says, “I have always wanted to win the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize. It combines a number of my passions: good books, fine champagne, laughter and pigs. I am never more at home than with a coupe of Bollinger in one hand, a pork pie in the other, and a smile on my face.”

This year’s shortlist and winner was chosen over a lively judging lunch at The Goring Hotel, aided by a few glasses of Champagne Bollinger. The 2021 shortlisted novels were: Dolly Alderton’s Ghosts (Penguin Books), Naji Bakhti’s Between Beirut and the Moon (Influx Press), Destination Wedding by Diksha Basu (Bloomsbury), Hilary Leichter’s Temporary (Faber & Faber) and Lauren Oyler’s Fake Accounts (HarperCollins). A tough pick for the judges, who were Justin Albert (Vice President of Hay Festival and Director of National Trust Wales), David Campbell (publisher, Everyman’s Library), Daliso Chaponda (comedian), Pippa Evans (musical comedian and improviser), James Naughtie (broadcaster and author), and Sindhu Vee (comedian).

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