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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: William Collins (7 Jan. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007301561
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007301560
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.7 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 70 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 158,307 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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‘Prose so lush it appeals to every sense, the pages are suffused with the scents and tastes, ring with the sounds of Sri Lanka and South London…Roma Tearne is an exquisite writer and captivating storyteller, such that the reader is endlessly torn between the desire to linger and the urge to turn the page to see where she will take us next.’ Aminatta Forna

‘[A] richly characterised, elegantly modulated and deeply moving novel.’ Michael Arditti, Daily Mail

‘An ambitious, lyrical novel, distinguished by its refusal to offer false consolation.’ TLS

‘Tearne is a vividly sensitive writer who spares her readers unnecessary sentiment and hones in on raw emotions just below the surface. The refugee in all of us can recognise the desperate desire to belong and the sometimes terrible price we pay for it.' Julie Wheelwright, Independent

'The most moving novels of war speak of the battles fought within individual human hearts; causes and geographies are their backdrop. A timely lament for the dead and displaced of the Sri Lankan civil war, Roma Tearne’s third novel, Brixton Beach, follows four generations of a family doomed to be estranged not only from their land, but also from love.' Chris Cleave, Financial Times

'Rich and satisfying, and written with a painter's instinct for the beautiful.' Kate Saunders, The Times

About the Author

Roma Tearne fled Sri Lanka at the age of ten, travelling to Britain where she has spent most of her life. She gained her Master’s degree at the Ruskin Shool of Drawing and Fine Art, Oxford, and was Leverhulme Artist in Residence at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford. She was recently awarded a fellowship in the visual arts by the Arts and Humanities Research Council of Great Britain. She lives and works in Oxford.


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