Noontide Toll

Romesh Gunesekera

Published: 7 May 2015
Paperback, B Format
129x198mm, 256 pages
ISBN: 9781783780174

About the author

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Romesh Gunesekera grew up in Sri Lanka and now lives in London. His debut novel Reef was shortlisted for the Booker Prize and the Guardian Fiction Prize in 1994 and won the Yorkshire Post First Work Prize. In 1997 he was awarded the prestigious Premio Mondello award in Italy. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 2004. He is the author of numerous novels and short story collections, including Monkfish Moon, Reef, The Sandglass and Noontide Toll, all of which are published by Granta Books. More about the author


‘[Gunesekera] is a poet working in prose... Sparkling’ Paddy Kehoe



‘[The] repercussions [of the war] are documented with humane appeal and masterly finesse... Outstanding’ Peter Kemp

Noontide Toll gives a deceptively gentle, obliquely authoritative and essential tour of post-war Sri Lanka’ Helen Simpson

‘A detached and meticulous documentation of civil strife and its management in Sri Lanka... Remarkable’

‘Arresting... An acute, sensuous cycle of interwoven short stories’ Keith Miller

‘Beautiful and haunting... Gunesekera is an exceptionally poised and potent craftsman’

‘Eye-opening’ Alastair Mabbott

‘Gracefully crafted... [These] simple stories told in delicate prose reveal curious insights, powerful ideas and painful losses. The book is an elegant balancing act and a pleasure to read’ Shehan Karunatilaka

‘Gracefully crafted... Gunesekera, a storyteller at the height of his powers, achieves an elegant balancing act, which is a pleasure to read’ Shehan Karunatilaka

‘Gunesekera conjure[s] strange and wonderful images with a wonderful deftness... Impressive and quietly devastating’ Randy Boyagoda

‘Gunesekera has long established himself as one of the most delicate contemporary handlers of English prose. This delicacy enables him to carry out unflinching operations on the most recalcitrant material’ Paul Binding

‘Gunesekera is an extremely talented and empathetic writer... [This] is a moving account of individuals in a nation that continues to be ravaged by the aftermath of a long and terrible civil war... Excellent’

‘Gunesekera weaves with a masterly thread sublime tales of rediscovery, guilt and empathy... Each story is carefully nurtured and meticulously crafted, with a sublime subtext of violence ready to explode... [Noontide Toll captures] the true story of today's Sri Lanka’

‘Humane warmth and bitter irony combine as Gunesekera surveys traumatised survivors, returned exiles, aid workers, shame-stricken army personal and opportunistic foreign visitors’ Peter Kemp

‘Poignant and illuminating... Noontide Toll will draw a new generation of readers to this most sympathetic of writers, graced with a poet's vision as well as an abiding sense of justice’ Eileen Battersby

‘The perfect vehicle for acute observations on Sri-Lanka's tragic recent history’ David Evans

‘The tales and characters of Noontide Toll will remain with you long after the last page has been reached’ Carol Hunt

‘With delicacy, subtlety and sad humour, Gunesekera skilfully steers back and forth across the line [between the mistakes of the past and the promise of the future after the civil war]’ Boyd Tonkin

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