Romesh Gunesekera was born in 1954 in Sri Lanka where he spent his early years. Recently he has been a writer-in-residence in Copenhagen, Singapore, Hong Kong and Southampton. His first novel, Reef, was published in 1994. It was widely acclaimed and was short-listed for the Booker Prize, as well as for the Guardian Fiction Prize. In the USA he was nominated for a New Voice Award. Before that, in 1992 his first collection of stories, Monkfish Moon, was shortlisted for several prizes and named a New York Times Notable Book for 1993. In 1998, he received the inaugural BBC Asia Award for Achievement in Writing & Literature for his novel The Sandglass.
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