Second Wodehouse win for Jacobson

Second Wodehouse win for Jacobson

Howard Jacobson has won the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for the second time with his novel Zoo Time (Bloomsbury).

The prize is to have a Gloucestershire Old Spot pig named after the novel, as well as a jeroboam of champagne and a complete collection of PG Wodehouse works.

Jacobson previously won the prize, which rewards comic novels, in 2000 with his novel The Mighty Walzer. In 2007 he was shortlisted for the prize with Kalooki Nights. Zoo Time revolves around a tormented writer, Guy Ableman, who is torn between emotions for his wife and mother-in-law.

This is the fourteenth time the prize has been given. The judges for this year’s award were broadcaster James Naughtie, Everyman’s Library publisher David Campbell, and Hay Festival director Peter Florence.