The Irony and the Comedy

What's funnier than a novel poking fun at literary prize winning?

That same novel winning a literary prize.

British author Edward St. Aubyn, like American author Bret Easton Ellis, is known for writing semi-autobiographical works about growing up wealthy inside a tumultuous family with a side of drug addiction.  For his latest novel, St. Aubyn took a different approach to writing and the kind of story he wanted to share.

St. Aubyn's newest novel, Lost for Words, satirizes the people around literary awards and the process of selecting a winner.  He was sure his book wouldn't win any awards, but it did - "the only prize with a sense of humor," according to St. Aubyn.  Not only did Lost for Words win the Wodehouse prize, it beat out a book that was the authorized sequel to a series written by the man the prize is named after, PG Wodehouse.

In lesser news, reading about St. Aubyn's books, relationship with writing, and awe of the power of books has made me want to read his work.

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