RSL Ondaatje Prize
The annual award of £10,000 for a distinguished work of fiction, non-fiction or poetry, evoking the spirit of a place.
RSL Ondaatje Prize 2018
We are delighted to announce the shortlist for the RSL Ondaatje Prize 2018:
- Kushanava Choudhury The Epic City (Bloomsbury Circus)
- Xiaolu Guo Once Upon a Time in the East (Chatto & Windus)
- Lucy Hughes-Hallett Peculiar Ground (4th Estate)
- Kapka Kassabova Border (Granta)
- Fiona Mozley Elmet (JM Originals)
- Pascale Petit Mama Amazonica (Bloodaxe Books)
Please read the press release for more information.
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The winner will be announced on Monday 14 May.
RSL Ondaatje Prize 2017
The RSL Ondaatje Prize 2017 was awarded to Francis Spufford for Golden Hill. For more information on the winner please see our press release.
Place has always been central to my work, so I’m delighted to win this prize of all prizes. The 18th century New York of my book had to be conjured from maps and analogies and a few contemporary pictures, supported by walks round and round Lower Manhattan with my eyes fixed on the pavements rather than the skyscrapers. It’s a joy to find that what I built in my head seems solid enough for others to walk in, in their imaginations.
Francis Spufford on winning the RSL Ondaatje Prize 2017
|2017||Francis Spufford||Golden Hill|
|2016||Peter Pomerantsev||Nothing Is True and Everything Is Possible: The Surreal Heart of the New Russia|
|2015||Justin Marozzi||Baghdad: City of Peace, City of Blood|
|2014||Alan Johnson||This Boy|
|2013||Philip Hensher||Scenes from Early Life|
|2012||Rahul Bhattacharya||The Sly Company of People Who Care|
|2011||Edmund de Waal||The Hare with Amber Eyes|
|2010||Ian Thomson||The Dead Yard: Tales of Modern Jamaica|
|2009||Adam Nicolson||Sissinghurst: An Unfinished History|
|2008||Graham Robb||The Discovery of France|
|2007||Hisham Matar||In the Country of Men|
|2006||James Meek||The People’s Act of Love|
|2005||Rory Stewart||The Places In Between|
|2004||Louisa Waugh||Hearing Birds Fly|