Today the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse prize winner was announced and sadly a Gloucestershire Old Spot pig will not be named Lightning Rods but Zoo Time (congratulations on a second win Howard Jacobson). The competition was tough.

To commiserate, we mean celebrate Helen’s masterpiece in comic fiction, click on the image or here to read John Self’s wonderful review of Helen de Witt’s Lightning Rods and here a few words from the man himself;

“I read Lightning Rods last year but it has stayed with me in a way that few books do. Its comedy is the best kind: simultaneously horrifying and absurdly funny. It is one of the most original and unusual books in recent memory.” John Self Asylum

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