Winner of the 2013 Ondaatje prize announced

Syndetics book coverThe winner of the £10,000 Royal Society of Literature’s Ondaatje prize for 2013 has been awarded to Philip Hensher for his novel titled Scenes from Early Life published in 2012. The Ondaatje prize was established ten years ago by Christopher Ondaatje, brother of the novelist Michael, for literature that suggests a very real sense of place. Philip Hensher’s novel is set in East Pakistan during the war of Independence and tells of the defiant lives of a Bengali family – it is the combination of memoir, history and fiction, beautifully written and realised.