Comedy Women in Print Award 2021: the shortlist unveiled
Since 2019, the Comedy Women In Print Prize has recognized, celebrated and encouraged spiritual writers.
Conceived by actress Helen Lederer, the award is divided into two categories for published and unpublished winners.
The published winner receives tremendous love from the celebrity jury and readers, as well as a cash prize from the Authors’ Licensing and Collecting Society (ALCS).
Unpublished winners are published by Harper Collins and receive a cash advance as well as public attention. Finalists in the unreleased category will earn a place for a Masters in Creative Writing at the University of Hertfordshire and a Masters in Comedy at Falmouth University.
Joanne Harris, Judging Chair for the CWIP Prize for Published Novels, said, “This is a fantastic shortlist, which showcases the immense breadth and diversity of female comic book writing.
“From domestic disaster to the most feminine murder, this list offers something for everyone.”
With the announcement of this year’s shortlist, we’re taking a look at the last six books in the published category.
Ghosts of Dolly Alderton
Award-winning author Dolly Alderton is a columnist for The Sunday Times Style and has also written for GQ, Red, Marie Claire and Grazia.
Ghosts is Alderton’s first novel and follows 32-year-old Nina Dean, a successful food writer with a loyal following as her life falls apart.
Falling victim to ghosts when using dating apps for the first time, Nina also has to grapple with her father’s spiraling dementia, her mother’s desire for a mid-life makeover, her own clock. biological and dual gender standards around the world.
This novel is described as “deeply funny, at times shocking, and admirably open-ended” by the Daily Telegraph.
Buy Dolly Alderton Ghosts Here
Destination wedding by Diksha Basu
This comedy of manners explores the nuances of cultural class and class division as a New Yorker and her divorced Indian parents fly to India for a lavish wedding.
Diksha Basu’s story of women determined to discover the authentic Indian experience offers a “wickedly satirical take on cultural tourism.”
Originally from New Delhi, Diksha holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Columbia University and divides his time between New York and Mumbai.
His writings have already appeared in the New York Times, Cosmopolitan, Buzzfeed and the BBC.
Buy Destination Wedding by Diksha Basu here
The best things of Mel Giedroyc
The Sunday Times bestselling novel The Best Things is written by one of UK’s favorite comedians, Mel Giedroyc.
After entertaining the nation for nearly 30 years, Bafta winner Giedroyc tells us the zesty and witty story of a woman who finds herself caught in a fight to save her family.
With her house on the verge of ruin, Sally Parker’s zest for life propels her into action to regain control of her spiraling life.
Speaking to The Guardian about his inspiration behind the book, Mel said: “I had a confidence surge in my forties and thought, ‘Damn, I’m over 50 and still have wanted to write a novel, I’m fine doing it “and we’re glad she did!
Buy The Best Things by Mel Giedroyc here
Domestic Happiness and Other Disasters by Jane Ions
In her debut novel, Jane Ions gets her laughs from a middle-aged woman’s struggles to get first for herself for once.
With her son returning from college with his girlfriend, ex and old school friends, and her politician husband’s unusual domestic arrangements to contend with, central character Sally Forth is about to shock everyone. ..
Mother and grandmother herself, Jane Ions is an accomplished writer having spent over 30 years as a writer before releasing her first novel.
Domestic Bliss and Other Disasters perfectly mixes comedy with real-life issues to create gripping and entertaining read.
Buy Jane Ions Domestic Bliss and Other Disasters here
Dial A for Aunts by Jesse Sutano
This “crazy hilarious adventure” follows Meddy Chan and the chain of events that follow her, accidentally killing her blind date.
Turning to her aunts for help in covering up the crime, this novel is fueled by dark comedy, infused with sharp wit and simple lines.
Dial A for Aunties has received rave reviews from critics and comedians. Andi Osho described the novel as “brilliant, wicked and dead, very funny”, while My Weekly wrote that it was “a dazzling start full of humor and love. A comedy sprinkled with black humor, comic references, mixed with romance ”.
Author Jesse Sutano has written books for children and young adults in the past, but Dial A for Aunties is his first adult novel.
Buy Dial A for Aunties by Jesse Sutano here
Murder by Bottle of Milk by Lynne Truss
Murder by Milk Bottle is the third installment in Lynne Truss’s offbeat detective story series set in the 1950s in Brighton.
Follow the series’ protagonist, Agent Twitten, as they work to solve the murder of three seemingly unrelated victims who were all killed with the same unusual murder weapon … bottles of milk.
It’s not often that a sequel is considered better than its predecessors, but the Times said in its review that Murder by Milk Bottle “turns out to be even funnier than its playful precursors.”
Murder by Milk Bottle is Lynn’s sixth novel and stands alongside her extensive literary career, which includes a number of non-fiction books such as the internationally successful ‘zero tolerance’ punctuation guide, East, Shoots & Leaves.
Buy Lynne Truss Murder by Milk Bottle here
Category not published
Of course, it’s not just the authors and books in the published category that we’re celebrating.
A preselection of six unreleased novels was also unveiled. These are:
- The Lady Detective by Hannah Dolby
- Fools Rush In by Jo Lyons
- The poisoning of purgatory by Rebecca Rogers
- The NCT Murders by Kathering Sumner-Ailes
- Labor Law by Clare Ward-Smith
- The Death and Life of Agnes Grace by Emma Williams
Sarah Shaffi, President of the Unpublished Comedy Novels Award, said: “We wanted to laugh, and we did… The books we chose show raw talent, enormous potential, put the voice of women at the forefront and , above all, have us laughing all the way through.
“It shows the depth and breadth of the funny women writing today, and I hope this year’s shortlist can be leveraged in the years to come to create a more inclusive and welcoming landscape for women. funny writers. “
The winners of both awards are expected to be announced on Monday, November 8.
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