Romesh Gunesekera

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Romesh Gunesekera was born in Sri Lanka and has lived in Britain since the early 1970s. His first novel, Reef was shortlisted for the 1994 Booker Prize. He is also the author of The Sandglass (winner of the inaugural BBC Asia Award) and Heaven’s Edge which, like his collection of stories Monkfish Moon, was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. His fourth novel The Match, published in 2006, was described by the Spectator as ‘effortlessly accomplished,’ and the Irish Times as a book that ‘shows why fiction is written—and read’.

His fiction has been translated into many languages, from Norwegian to Chinese, and he has been a judge for a number of prestigious literary prizes, including the David Cohen British Literature Prize, the Caine Prize for African writing and the Forward Poetry Prize. In 2004 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and in 2005 received a National Honour from Sri Lanka.

His new novel, The Prisoner of Paradise, is published in February 2012.

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