Romesh Gunesekera was born in Sri Lanka and lives in Britain. 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 hailed as one of the first novels in which cricket was amply celebrated and a "book that not only shows what fiction can do, it shows why fiction is written - and read." (Irish Times).
His fiction has been translated into many languages and he has run highly acclaimed writing workshops around the world. He has also been a judge for a number of prestigious literary prizes including the David Cohen British Literature Prize and the Caine Prize for African Writing and the 2013 Granta list of the Best of Young British Novelists.
Granta reissued his first three books in 2011 and the paperback of his latest novel, The Prisoner of Paradise, is out now published by Bloomsbury.
His novel is a BBC World Book Club choice and the programme is available on-line at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p014wlpd
For more information see www.romeshgunesekera.com or www.facebook.com/Romesh.Gunesekera