Ondaatje Prize awarded to Rahul Bhattacharya

Rahul Bhattacharya is named the £10,000 Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prize with his first novel The Sly Company of People Who Care. (May 29, 2012).

Nick Laird, Michèle Roberts and Kamila Shamsie admired ‘Bhattacharya’s verve and  style as he brilliantly evokes the history and inhabitants and landscape ofGuyana’.

Nick Laird said he had  ‘seldom read a book with so much energy, and on almost every page there were little stylistic twists or felicities which had me stopping to admire them. The novel is a testament both to his potential and to his achievement.’

Michèle Roberts praised ‘one of the most exhilarating novels I have read for years. 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.’

Kamila Shamsie commended ‘The combination of Bhattacharya’s prose style, his great curiosity and generous-though-not-uncritical eye, the light touch with which he conveys knowledge, and the sheer pleasure of his company.’

Rahul Bhattacharya lives inDelhiand is the author of the cricket tour book Pundits fromPakistan, fourth in The Wisden Cricketers’ list of best cricket books of all time, and winner of the Crossword Award for most popular book, 2005. The Sly Company of People Who Care was also the winner of the Hindu Literary Prize 2011 and was shortlisted for the Man Asian Literary Prize 2011.

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