The King’s School, Canterbury – Former pupil wins Royal Society of Literature’s Ondaatje prize

28 May 2015

Former pupil, Justin Marozzi (Marlowe 1984-89) has won the Royal Society of Literature’s Ondaatje prize for his book about the turbulent history of Baghdad.

Marozzi lived in the city on and off for 10 years and his book spans through centuries of what was once a great capital – from the time of the Caliphs to the invasion of American troops in 2003.

There has not been a history of Baghdad written in almost 80 years, making Marozzi’s book a fascinating, elegant and compelling read that captures the violence, spirit and hardships of such an evocative city.

Marozzi has received much praise for his work and joins former winners including home secretary and Labour MP Alan Johnson, Philip Hensher, James Meek and OKS, Edmund de Waal (Marlowe 1977-82).