Sunday, 23 March 2008

Saturday, 22nd March 2008


This is an annual award of £10,000 for a distinguished work of fiction, non-fiction or poetry, evoking the spirit of a place.

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.’
Shortlisted works
Nicola Barker
Fourth Estate
Robert Carver
Paradise with Serpents
Harper Perennial
Orlando Figes
The Whisperers
Allen Lane
Rachel Lichtenstein
On Brick Lane
Hamish Hamilton
Robert Minhinnick
Sea Holly

Graham Robb
The Discovery of France

The winner will be announced at a celebratory dinner at The Travellers Club in London on Monday, 28th April, 2008
A roadside bomb killed three American soldiers north of Baghdad on Saturday, pushing the U.S. death toll in the five-year conflict to nearly 4,000.
Two Iraqi civilians also died in the roadside bombing, which occurred as the Americans were patrolling an area northwest of the capital, the U.S. military said in a statement.
Two of the soldiers were killed in the blast and the third died of wounds, the statement said. The soldiers were assigned to Multinational Division-Baghdad, the statement said, but gave no further details.
The latest deaths brought to 3,996 the number of U.S. service members and Pentagon civilians who have died since the war began on March 20, 2003, according to an Associated Press count. Rocket or mortar fire killed one U.S. soldier and wounded four others Friday south of Baghdad, the military said.

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