We are pleased to announce the longlist for the RSL Ondaatje Prize 2020 for books (fiction, non-fiction and poetry) best evoking the spirit of a place.

Jay Bernard Surge (Chatto & Windus)
Jane Clarke When the Tree Falls (Bloodaxe Books)
Laura Cumming On Chapel Sands (Chatto & Windus)
Tishani Doshi Small Days and Nights (Bloomsbury Circus)
Lucy Ellmann Ducks, Newburyport (Galley Beggar Press)
Luan Goldie Nightingale Point (HQ Fiction)
Adam Higginbotham Midnight in Chernobyl (Bantam Press)
Kathleen Jamie Surfacing (Sort of Books)
Robert Macfarlane Underland (Hamish Hamilton)
Tim Mackintosh-Smith Arabs:
A 3,000-Year History of Peoples, Tribes, and Empires
(Yale University Press London)
Philip Marsden The Summer Isles (Granta Books)
Robert Minhinnick Nia (Seren)
Anita Mir The Inside City (Unbound Digital)
Max Porter Lanny (Faber & Faber)
Roger Robinson A Portable Paradise (Peepal Tree Press)
Elif Shafak 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange World (Viking)
Anna Sherman The Bells of Old Tokyo: Travels in Japanese Time (Picador)
Jumoke Verissimo A Small Silence (Cassava Republic)


Please read the press release for more information.

This year’s judges are This year’s judges are Peter Frankopan (Chair), Pascale Petit and Evie Wyld.

If you have any media enquiries, please contact Annette Brook: [email protected].

The shortlist will be announced on Tuesday 20 April. The winner will be announced on Monday 4 May.