2008 Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prize
The Royal Society of Literature is delighted to announce the shortlist for the 2008 Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prize.
The 2008 judges, Russell Celyn Jones, Elaine Feinstein and Romesh Gunesekera, commented:
‘We read books that were brave, that had heart, that were written with some passion and published because they should be. The best of them, where the spirit of a place was significant whether expressed through character or setting, quickly reached our shortlist. Paraguay, London’s East End, Wales, Kent, Russia and France are represented ... naturally, no book, however enjoyable, could find a place on this list without considerable literary merit.’
Paradise with Serpents
On Brick Lane
The Discovery of France
The winner will be announced at a celebratory dinner at The Travellers Club in London on Monday, 28th April, 2008
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