Today, the shortlist for the Royal Society of Literature’s Ondaatje Prize was announced. This £10,000 prize is awarded every year to a book—be it fiction, nonfiction, or poetry—that best evokes the spirit of a place. In other words: here’s a great reading list for armchair travel if you are feeling claustrophobic in your home. The winner will be announced on May 4th.
Congratulations to the finalists!
Jay Bernard, Surge
(Chatto & Windus)
Tishani Doshi, Small Days and Nights
Robert Macfarlane, Underland
Roger Robinson, A Portable Paradise
(Peepal Tree Press)
Elif Shafak, 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange World
Jumoke Verissimo, A Small Silence
(Cassava Republic Press)
[via The Bookseller]