Sunday, June 10, 2012

Shehan Karunatilaka wins 2012 Commonwealth book prize

from http://www.guardian.co.uk/
Sri Lankan author's cricket-themed debut offering Chinaman: the Legend of Pradeep Mathew takes £10,000 award
Shehan Karunatilaka
Sri Lankan author Shehan Karunatilaka, a former advertising copywriter, has won the Commonwealth book prize for his highly praised debut novel Chinaman: the Legend of Pradeep Mathew.
Narrated by the alcoholic former sports journalist WG Karunasena, the novel is the story of his quest for Pradeep Mathew, a devastatingly talented Sri Lankan spin bowler who appears to have been expunged from historical record. Despite its cricket focus, Karunatilaka promises in the book: "If you've never seen a cricket match; if you have and it has made you snore; if you can't understand why anyone would watch, let alone obsess over this dull game, then this is the book for you."

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