Romesh Gunesekera

Published: 3 July 2014
Paperback, B Format
129x198mm, 192 pages
ISBN: 9781783780303

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


‘A big treat to discover Gunesekera's magical evocation of a Sri Lanka on the brink of destruction’ Val Hennessy



‘A book of the deepest human interest and moral poise...Very few contemporary novels combine at so high but natural a pitch qualities of epic strength and luminous intimacy’

‘A kind of Asian Tempest, drenched in the unreal, tropical colours of dream’

‘A sensuous feast of delight, incessantly pleasurable to read, the writing, like the reef itself, shimmers with constant surprises’

‘A work of strange, slow-motion, underwater intensity. Put your ear to the page and you can almost hear the ocean whisper’

‘An astute evocation of Sri Lanka as it approached a time of upheaval’ Eimear McKeith

‘Dark as one of Graham Greene's tropical undergrowths, funny in the way that Naipaul can be, multi-layered in the manner of Joyce, evocative as Narayan, Reef is a thing of Beauty’

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