The short list for the RSL Ondaatje Prize was announced last night, at the end of a fascinating session at the British Library in London in which four former winners of the prize talked of “the spirit of a place” and how they set about evoking it.
The books short-listed (including a couple you may have seen mentioned on Deskbound Traveller) are:
No Turning Back: Love, Loss, and Hope in Wartime Syria by Rania Abouzeid (Oneworld)
The Wife’s Tale: a personal history by Aida Edemariam (4th Estate)
Happiness by Aminatta Forna (Bloomsbury)
Ghost Wall by Sarah Moss (Granta)
The Crossway by Guy Stagg (Picador)
Kings of the Yukon by Adam Weymouth (Particular Books/Penguin).
The British Library session was recorded for BBC Radio 3’s “Free Thinking”
slot, and is due to be broadcast on May 1.