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Ondaatje Prize shortlist announced

20th May 2010

The Royal Society of Literature has unveiled the six books in the running for the prestigious Ondaatje Prize.

Madeleine Bunting's The Plot, The Music Room by William Fiennes and Daniyal Mueenuddin's In Other Rooms, Other Wonders are among those competing for the GBP 10,000 award.

The Shadow of a Smile by Kachi A. Ozumba, Iain Sinclair's Hackney, That Rose-Red Empire and The Dead Yard: Tales of Modern Jamaica by Ian Thomson are the remaining nominated titles.

Poet Kathleen Jamie, University College London head of genetics Professor Steve Jones and novelist Penelope Lively, the award's judging panel, praised the 'compelling, individual voices, taut narrative and impressive research in six remarkable books from across a complete range of genres'.

The Ondaatje Prize is open to writers of works of fiction, non-fiction or poetry and seeks to reward books 'evoking the spirit of a place'. Last year, Adam Nicolson won with Sissinghurst: An Unfinished History.

Other awards overseen by the Royal Society of Literature include the V.S. Pritchett Memorial Prize, the Jerwood Awards for Non-Fiction, the Benson Medal and the Companions of Literature.

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