Thursday, October 20, 2005

Reading Romesh

Novelist Romesh Gunesekera is going to be in KL next month, his visit sponsored by The British Council. He's participating in the Worlds in Discourse conference organised by Universiti Kebangsaan Malaya (UKM) from 21-23 November.

Mark down 24th November in your diaries because that's when he's going to be reading from a selection of his works at Silverfish on at 7 p.m. .

Romesh was born in 1954 in Sri Lanka and moved to England in 1971. His first novel, Reef (1994), won a Yorkshire Post Book Award (Best First Work) and was shortlisted for both the Booker Prize for Fiction and the Guardian Fiction Prize. You can read more about him and his works here.

I had had Reef sitting on my 'to be read' shelf for a very long time. (More bookguilt!) I picked it up the other day and am really enjoying it. (And it's short - only 190 pages in an age where litfic always seems to be bloated!)

I managed to pick up copies of his Monkfish Moon and The Sandglass at Silverfish. Raman has brought in copies from India so they are a bit cheaper. Guess who's busy doing her homework right now?


Lydia Teh said...

Only 190 pages?! And I thought a book has to be about 300 pages before an agent/editor would even consider it?

bibliobibuli said...

Well there you go! The book was first published by Granta.