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Romesh Gunesekera REEF Signed Hardback
Romesh Gunesekera REEF Signed Hardback

Romesh Gunesekera REEF Signed Hardback

First edition, second print hardback published by Granta Books in 1994. Signed by Gunesekera on the title page. Shortlisted for the Booker Prize in 1994.
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First edition, second print hardback of REEF, by Romesh Gunesekera and published by Granta Books/Penguin Group, London in 1994. Signed by Gunesekera on the title page. Shortlisted for the Booker Prize in 1994.

The book is in very good condition (Clean black cloth boards with silver lettering on the spine), with minor shelf wear to the illustrated dust jacket which is not price clipped. Internally, the pages are clean and tight and there are no tears and no other inscriptions.

Romesh Gunesekera was born in Sri Lanka where he spent his early years. Before coming to Britain he also lived in the Philippines. His first novel, Reef, was published in 1994 and was short-listed as a finalist 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. The previous year he was awarded one of the prestigious Italian literary prizes: the Premio Mondello Five Continents. In 1995 he won the Yorkshire Post Best First Work Award in Britain.

His third novel, Heaven’s Edge, a dystopian novel set in the near future was published in 2002. Four years later Bloomsbury also published The Match hailed as one of the first novels in which cricket was celebrated, and a forerunner of the many cricket-related novels that have followed.

In 2008, a collection of his Madeira stories were published in a bilingual edition to celebrate its 500th anniversary of the founding of Funchal in Madeira. His most recent novel is The Prisoner of Paradise.

Romesh Gunesekera is an elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, and has also received a National Honour in Sri Lanka. He has been a judge for a number of literary prizes including the Caine Prize for African Writing, the David Cohen Literature Prize and the Forward Prize for Poetry.

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 writing.

"Reef is a love story set in a spoiled paradise. It is told by Triton, who at the age of eleven goes to work as houseboy to Mister Salgado, a marine biologist obsessed by swamp, sea movements and the island’s disappearing reef. Triton learns to polish silver; to mix a love cake with ten eggs, creamed butter and fresh cashew nuts; and to steam the exotic parrot fish for his master’s lover. As Triton recounts his story, an extraordinary voice emerges: naive and knowing, fearful and brave, a boy becoming a man in a world on the brink of chaos."

‘A book of the deepest human interest and moral poise... Very few contemporary novels combine at so high but natural a pitch qualities of epic strength and luminous intimacy.’ — Candia McWilliam, Independent on Sunday

‘Gunesekera has created a work of strange, slow-motion, underwater intensity. Put your ear to the page and you can almost hear the ocean whisper.’ — Robert Winder, Independent

‘A kind of Asian Tempest, drenched in the unreal, tropical colours of dream...One of the best novels published this year.’ — James Wood, Guardian

‘A sensuous feast of delight, incessantly pleasurable to read…a book to slowly devoured, page by page.’ — David Park The Times

‘Reef, one of the outstanding novels of our decade...’ Independent on Sunday

'Lost innocence in the final years before the war is the theme of this eloquent first novel by Romesh Gunesekera, whose Monkfish Moon, a collection of stories about his homeland of Sri Lanka attracted critical attention here in 1993....[This] powerful novel preserves that memory beautifully...Reef is peopled with colorful, memorable characters....The book is incandescent." — Edward Hower, New York Times Book Review

‘Wholly original, very ambitious language, and … exquisite.’ Neil Gordon, Boston Review

‘Sensuous and impassioned … incandescent.’ — Guy Amirthanayagam, Washington Post

190 pages.

ISBN: 0 14 014217 7


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