Perfidious Albion, the second novel by UEA alumnus Sam Byers, has been longlisted for this year’s £10,000 Royal Society of Literature (RSL) Ondaatje Prize. It was published by Faber & Faber last year. Sam graduated from the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) in 2003 and completed his PhD in Creative & Critical Writing in 2014. His first novel Idiopathy was published by Fourth Estate in 2013 and was included as one of the Waterstones 11, an annual list of the eleven best debut novels of the year, while Sam himself was chosen as one of the Daily Telegraph’s ‘Five Young Novelists for 2013’. Idiopathy went on to win a Betty Trask Award, and was shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award and longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Award. The winner of the Ondaatje Prize will be announced on 16th April at the British Library.