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Ian McEwan will be presented with a pig as part of a comic fiction award

Ian McEwan will be presented with a pig as part of a comic fiction award

Ian McEwan will be presented with a pig as part of a comic fiction award

Ian McEwan has scooped an award for his foray into comic fiction - and will be presented with a Gloucestershire Old Spot pig as his prize

The best-selling author, whose works include Atonement and Enduring Love - which have been turned into films - and the Booker Prize-winning Amsterdam, has won the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Comic Fiction.

It was the first time McEwan, who was nominated for his climate change novel Solar, had made it onto this particular shortlist.

The prize, in its 11th year, celebrates the novel of the last year that has best captured the comic spirit of PG Wodehouse.

McEwan will meet the locally-bred pig, named Solar, at the Guardian Hay Festival later this week.

Pigs in previous years have received more unwieldy monikers, including A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian, All Fun and Games until Somebody Loses an Eye and Salmon Fishing in the Yemen.

David Campbell, judge and publisher of Everyman's Library, said of the winner: "It was an easy unanimous decision by the judges. This is a brilliantly funny book by a great writer."

McEwan will speak about his winning book with Peter Florence, festival director and another judge of the prize, in Hay-on-Wye in mid-Wales on Friday.

He will also receive a jeroboam of Bollinger Special Cuvee, a case of Bollinger La Grande Annee and a set of the Everyman Wodehouse collection.

Tiffany Murray, David Nicholls, Paul Murray and Malcolm Pryce also made the 2010 shortlist. McEwan joins another Booker winner, DBC Pierre, in receiving the accolade.

PA