The Mark And The Void, the third novel by UEA alumnus Paul Murray, has been announced as the co-winner of the 2016 Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for comic fiction, alongside The Improbability of Love by Hannah Rothschild. Paul (pictured) graduated from the UEA MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) in 2001 and published his first novel An Evening Of Long Goodbyes in 2003. This was shortlisted for the Whitbread First Novel Award and the Kerry Irish Fiction Award. His second novel Skippy Dies was published in 2009 and nominated for numerous awards, including the Costa Novel Award and the 2010 Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize. It was also longlisted for the 2010 Man Booker Prize. The Mark and the Void was published by Hamish Hamilton / Penguin last year.