Rebanks shortlisted for RSL Ondaatje Prize

Rebanks shortlisted for RSL Ondaatje Prize

Shepherd James Rebanks is on the six-strong shortlist for the Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prize.

The £10,000 annual award goes to a literary work of fiction, non-fiction or poetry "that best evokes the spirit of a place".

James Rebanks' account of farming in the Lake District, The Shepherd's Life (Allen Lane), is joined on the shortlist by Jane Clark's poetry collection The River (Bloodaxe), Brian Dillon's account of a 1916 munition works fire in the Kentish marshes The Great Explosion (Penguin), Alexandra Harris' exploration of writers' and artists' responses to the weather, Weatherland (Thames & Hudson), Peter Pomerantsev's journey into the heart of modern Russia Nothing is True and Everything is Possible (Faber) and Samanth Subramanian's book about the Sri Lanka civil war This Divided Island (Atlantic).

The judges are Kate Adie, Monica Alvi and Mark Lawson. The winner will be announced on 23rd May.