Bhattacharya wins RSL Ondaatje Prize

Delhi-based novelist Rahul Bhattacharya has won the Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prize with his debut novel.

The Sly Company of People Who Care, published by Picador, took the £10,000 prize, and was described by judge Michele Roberts as “one of the most exhilarating novels I have read for years”.

She added: “This picaresque story, funny, tough and romantic, swerves around all kinds of inner and outer landscapes and offers unforgettable vignettes of a host of characters. He has invented a beautiful and original language,mixing street poetry and sharply sensual poetry.”

Bhattacharya’s novel was also shortlisted for the Man Asian Literary Prize last year. The RSL Ondaatje Prize celebrates a distinguished work of fiction, non-fiction or poetry, evoking the spirit of a place.