The shortlist for the 2022 Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Comic Fiction has been announced, with three Ulverscroft titles featured. The award is the UK’s longest running prize for comic fiction and highlight the funniest novels of the past twelve months
Until one fateful morning when they get locked in their attic with hapless housemate Jack and Alexa's date from the night before, Ben.
With no way out, hangovers and the hours crawling by, it seems best friends can get too close for comfort.
Especially when Ellen realises she already knows Ben - perhaps rather better than Alexa does...
The Man Who Died Twice by Richard Osman
Published in large print in October 2021.
Elizabeth has received a letter from an old colleague, a man with whom she has a long history. He's made a big mistake, and he needs her help. His story involves stolen diamonds, a violent mobster, and a very real threat to his life. As bodies start piling up, Elizabeth enlists Joyce, Ibrahim, and Ron in the hunt for a ruthless murderer. And if they find the diamonds, too - well, wouldn't that be a bonus? But this time they are up against an enemy who wouldn't bat an eyelid at knocking off four septuagenarians. Can the Thursday Murder Club find the killer (and the diamonds) before the killer finds them?
One Day I Shall Astonish The World by Nina Stibbe
Published in large print in August 2022.
Susan and Norma have been best friends for years, at first thrust together by force of circumstance (a job at The Pin Cushion, a haberdashery shop in 1990s Leicestershire), and then by force of character (neither being particularly inclined to make friends with anyone else). But now, thirty years later, faced with a husband seeking immortality and Norma out of reach on a wave of professional glory, Susan begins to wonder whether she has made the right choices about life, love, work - and, most importantly, friendship.