De Waal wins RSL Ondaatje prize

De Waal wins RSL Ondaatje prize

Edmund de Waal's Costa category-winner The Hare With Amber Eyes has won the £10,000 RSL Ondaatje Prize.

At the ceremony last night it was also announced that the prize had secured funding for another 10 years from benefactor Sir Christopher Ondaatje.

De Waal's win is another scoop for Chatto's Clara Farmer, who won editor and imprint of the year at The Bookseller Industry Awards a week ago.

Judge Sarah Waters described the book as "a very worthy winner of this important literary prize – a stunning piece of writing, conjuring up one memorable location after another with economy and grace".

The other shortlisted titles for the prize, which is awarded annually to a work of fiction, non-fiction or poetry evoking the spirit of a place, were: The Butterfly Isles by Patrick Barkham (Granta); In a Strange Room by Damon Galgut (Atlantic Books); Saraswati Park by Anjali Joseph (Fourth Estate); Landed by Tim Pears (Heinemann); and Red Plenty by Francis Spufford (Faber).