Two for Cape on Ondaatje shortlist

Jonathan Cape has two authors on the shortlist of the £1,000 Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prize this year, which is awarded annually to "a book of the highest literary merit evoking the spirit of a place".

Thin Paths by Julia Blackburn and Edgelands by Paul Farley and Michael Symmons Roberts (both Cape) are joined on the shortlist by The Sly Company of People who Care by Rahul Bhattacharya (Picador), Open City by Teju Cole (Faber), To the River by Olivia Laing (Canongate), and Connemara by Tim Robinson (Penguin Ireland).

The winner will be announced at a dinner at The Travellers Club in London on 28th May 2012. This year's judges are authors Nick Laird, Michèle Roberts and Kamila Shamsie.