Baghdad, Delhi, Estonia, Cornwall, the east end of London and Turkey are the stars in the shortlist for the Ondaatje Prize which celebrates “a distinguished work of fiction, non-fiction or poetry evoking the spirit of a place”.
- Rana Dasgupta Capital (Canongate)
- Helen Dunmore The Lie (Hutchinson)
- Tobias Hill What Was Promised (Bloomsbury Circus)
- Justin Marozzi Baghdad: City of Peace, City of Blood (Allen Lane)
- Sigrid Rausing Everything is Wonderful (Grove Press)
- Elif Shafak The Architect’s Apprentice (Viking)
The Prize, which is awarded annually by the Royal Society of Literature, is sponsored by businessman, writer and adventurer, Sir Christopher Ondaatje. The winner will be announced on May 20 and London’s Telegraph Traveller this weekend.