The Sandglass

Romesh Gunesekera

Published: 1 September 2011
Paperback, B Format
129x198mm, 256 pages
ISBN: 9781847084194

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 mature meditation on time and death. There is a desperate sadness to it, which is totally engrossing. It is a brave, beautiful novel, which confronts chaos with relaxed wit and elegance. Yes we are all doomed, but at least we live , as Romesh Gunesekera's characters will within me for a long time to come’



‘A novel of true distinction, the work of a profoundly honest mind, one utterly unconcerned with the authorial self, intent instead on the lot of fellow humans and its meaning’

‘Behind the narrative's deft and subtle interweavings of elaborate histories and fugitive memories, crashed dreams and still moments of promise, there lie strong echoes of Thomas Hardy's poetry with its delicate images of remembered pleasures and visions of despoiling loss.’

‘Elegaic, freighted with melancholy, The Sandglass paints a vivid portrait of a society in that recent past and in a frightening present’

‘Gunesekera writes with enormous compassion and insight, a tenderness that is infectious and forgiving ... a songbird among authors....’

‘Romantic, mysterious and laced with a sense of yearning... ...his novels are a roller-coaster ride, made utterly engaging by the strength of his characters’

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