RSL Ondaatje Prize 2015: winner announced

Justin Marozzi has won the 2015 RSL Ondaatje Prize with Baghdad: City of Peace, City of Blood (Allen Lane).


“I am deeply honoured and completely thrilled to have been awarded the RSL’s Ondaatje Prize. Living and working in Baghdad – and writing about the city – have taken up much of the past decade during an extraordinary time in the history of a city that has surely known more violence than any other and yet which once was the capital of world civilisation. If there is one lesson to be learned from the turbulent history of Baghdad and the current turmoil of the Middle East, it is that tolerance and cosmopolitanism are the only hope.”

Justin Marozzi


‘BAGHDAD is moving, passionate and erudite about the repeated tragedy, and the recurring renaissance, that mark the city. In elegant, unfussy prose, Marozzi manages to be both compendious and full of illuminating detail, both authoritative and evocative. It is hard to imagine this study of a city could be bettered.’

Fiona Sampson- Ondaatje 2015 Judge


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