Romesh Gunesekera


Born in Colombo in 1954, Romesh Gunesekera grew up in Sri Lanka and the Philippines, where his father was a founder of the Asian Development Bank, and moved to England in 1971 and currently living in London. His first book, Monkfish Moon, a collection of short stories reflecting the ethnic and political tensions that have threatenedSri Lanka since independence in 1948, was published in 1992, and was shortlisted for several prizes.[4] His 1994 novel Reef was shortlisted for the Booker Prize. Gunesekera lives in London, but travels widely for festivals, workshops and British Council tours. He is a member of the Advisory Board of the Asia House Festival of Asian Literature. He is currently one of the writers-in-residence for the charity First Story.[6] He also has a short story related to the theme of animal poaching.

He was a judge for a number of literary prizes, such as the Caine Prize for African Writing,] the David Cohen Prize for Literature, the Forward Prize for Poetry[8] and most recently the Granta 2013 list of the Best of Young British Novelists.]

He Chaired the board of Judges of the 2015 Commonwealth Short Story Prize competition.

He has been a Guest Director at the Cheltenham Festival, an Associate Tutor at Goldsmiths College and on the Board of the Arvon Foundation. For four years, until 2013, he was on the Council of the Royal Society of Literature.

He is married with two daughters.


  • Noon Tide Toll – 2013
  • The Prisoner of Paradise – 2012
  • The Match – 2006
  • Heaven’s Edge – 2002
  • The Sandglass – 1998
  • Reef – 1994
  • Monkfish Moon – 1992




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