This year's Booker Prize for outstanding literary prowess, added to its list of nominees the noted parodist and satire scribbler Noshing Mink yesterday, realising the writer's lifetime ambition of being nominated for something.
A writer for The Spoof!, Mink was nominated for the illustrious prize by his friends on that site, and could well 'put the cat amongst the pigeons' at the awards in September.
UK-based Mink, whose story Bank Robbery Filmed On CCTV - Portuguese Police Stumped is "tremendously funny", hails from the East Midlands which is, intellectually speaking, a million miles from the West Midlands, where those stupid Yam-Yams live.
A seasoned spouter of venom and filth, Mink hangs about in bus stops, from where he derives his inspiration and his slightly wayward slant on the world as it goes by.
Mink's latest masterpiece focuses on the ineptitude of the Portuguese police force over their efforts to bring to book a robbery suspect whose identity, it seems, cannot be grasped, despite every clue under the sun being afforded them. Readers should be aware, however, for there is a nasty stinging twist in the tale's tail.
Fellow Spoof contributors have been back-slappingly supportive of his work. One, Wonkey Moods, said:
"Mink's work is both delightful and charming. It is, at once, tender and side-splitting. A monumental effort and a triumph of its genre that Wordsworth, Shakespeare or even JK Rowling would have been proud to have written. Bravo!"
Asked for his reaction to the nomination and to Moods' comments, Mink said: