Walliams shortlisted for book prize

The British comic penned his debut novel, The Boy In The Dress, last year (08) and the book received a slew of positive reviews.

Now the tale, aimed at readers aged between eight and 12, has been nominated for the coveted Roald Dahl prize, which honours the funniest books for children.

Walliams’ offering will go up against established authors including Allan Ahlberg and Anne Fine.

The winner will receive a cash prize of $4,000 (£2,500), which will be presented at an awards ceremony in London on 10 November (09).