Fowler wins inaugural Green Carnation prize

<p>Christopher Fowler&rsquo;s &quot;modest, funny and brilliant&quot; memoir about life growing up in postwar Britain has won the inaugural Green Carnation prize.<br /><br /><em>Paperboy</em> (Doubleday) was awarded the prize today (1st December). The award was set up to celebrate writing by gay men.<br /><br />Fowler&rsquo;s memoir beat shortlisted titles <em>Man&rsquo;s World</em> by Rupert Smith (Arcadia), <em>Children of the Sun</em> by Max Schaefer (Granta), <em>God Says No</em> by James Hannaham (McSweeney&rsquo;s) and <em>London Triptych</em> by Jonathan Kemp (Myriad).<br /><br />Chair of judges, writer Paul Magrs said &quot;<em>Paperboy</em> is about the forming of a gay sensibility&mdash;but more than that, it&rsquo;s about the growth of a reader and a wonderfully generous and inventive writer. </p><p>&quot;It&rsquo;s a great wodge of social history&mdash;of back-to-back houses, plasticine models and exercise books, and how Lois Lane&rsquo;s adventures were always more interesting than Superman&rsquo;s. It&rsquo;s modest, funny and brilliant.&quot; </p>