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Sathis de Mel was born in Moratuwa and brought up in Moratuwa and Galle. Hailing from a family of writers, Sathis had his education in Galle and Colombo. Having cut his teeth in the historical silk route port Galle,the multicultural city, and multi-religious Moratuwa, Sathis has, in consequence, shaped his perspectives and values on ethnic and religious relations. He lives in Moratuwa with his wife - a former school teacher, and social-anthropologist daughter.


Dive into a world of stories - fearless, honest, and startlingly vivid.

 Having enjoyed the wedding to the fullest, my mother boasted so much about the wealth and the classiness of her cousins and the details of how they had thrown the party. It seemed that champagne was flowing across the main hall of the Galle Face Hotel while the mouth-watering finger food stacked up in big plates were whacked by the elegantly dressed social butterflies of Cinnamon Gardens. Dashman was as beautiful as a Greek goddess in her most fashionable wedding dress designed by a British woman living in Colombo.

My mother had enough material to talk non-stop for two weeks. She especially paid visits to her two less fortunate brothers living close to our neighbourhood, who were not invited, with wedding cakes for them that she had grabbed from the function and to tell them, particularly their even poorer wives, about the details of the wedding.

Welcome to Moratuwa's working class world. The Good For Nothing shows us the courage, intelligence, humour and tenacity found in abundance in these modest worlds. In his debut collection, Sathis de Mel gives us a realistic serio-comic portrayal of suburban Sri Lankans. An amusing yet sensitive read that reveals the frality of human emotions.


ISBN 978-955-1723-46-0
Author Sathis de Mel
RS. 950
Out of stock
Published by: Bay Owl Press

Rukmini Attygalle was born in 1938 and was educated at Bishop's College Colombo; and interrupted her education at the University of Peradeniya to get married in 1960. She has 3 children. The family emigrated to the U.K. in 1971, during the JVP uprising. She has worked in the Civil Service, and after retirement did a diploma in Art and Design. Of Saris and Grapefruits is her first novel

Rukmini Attygalle's debut collection of eleven stories reflect inner strength in times of need. They take the reader into the everyday lives of ordinary people; from a little girl asserting her independence with her family in England, to a newly widowed woman unexpectedly revisiting her past, to a surprising friend in a street beggar. Of Saris and Grapefruit is a collection that layers poignant textures and feelings from one story to another, that captures significant life changes with entertaining and revealing outcomes.


"Rukmini Attygalle's first published collection of short stories makes for delightful reading.... From them emerge a palpable freshness and feminine ingenuity." Nanda Pethiagoda Wanasundera, Journalist and Author of Parallel Lives

"These stories are engaging and vibrant." Leelananda de Silva, Public Servant, UN consultant, and Author of The Long Littleness of Life: a Memoir of Government, the United Nations, Family and Friends


"This collection of stories displays many clear insights, much deep feeling, and also an engaging sense of humour" Michael O'Leary, Writer and Columnist

ISBN 978-955-1723-51-4
Author Rukmini Attygalle
RS. 850
56 In Stock

Asitha Ameresekere was brainwashed by Greek myth from an early age and has studied Classics ever since. At various points in his life, he has been a teacher, librarian and chef, but has always made films in his spare time. He is the recipient of a BAFTA award for his film Do not Erase. He currently lives in London.

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BAFTA award-winning film maker Asitha Ameresekere brings his extraordinary talents to the page with his startling, thought provoking and tender offering of stories.

Shakespeare has a writing block and Medusa just doesn't like her hairstyle – of course! BAFTA award-winning film maker Asitha Ameresekere brings his extraordinary talents to the page with his startling, thought provoking and tender offering of stories. Incredibly charming and beautifully written with a balance of pathos and humour, Ameresekere shows us that a chance encounter, a hidden revelation, or even an angel could reconfigure the world. Ameresekere reveals the idisocyincrasies and odd logic that rule our lives, making this stunning debut the work of a writer with a spectacularly original and compelling voice.

'Ameresekere's consummate awareness of what makes a good story, his quirky sense of humour, and his ability to supply many points of view in the telling-including that of a dog-disclose a complex literary sensibility that belies his neophyte status as a writer' – Professor S W Perera

'Ameresekere is incomparable to any other Sri Lankan author to be published in recent years. His stories are bound to appeal to local as well as international readers not only because they are set in a wide array of places, but because Ameresekere chooses his narrative style to harmonize with the place and culture he is representing, a trait seldom seen in other contemporary writers. For Sri Lankan fiction fans and short story lovers alike, Wedding Gifts and Other Presents will not fail to entertain, amuse and surprise with its unique entourage of characters humorous twists of fate' – Chalani Ranwala

ISBN 978-955-8897-14-0
Author Asitha Ameresekere
RS. 490
91 In Stock
Pages: 130
Published by: Perera Hussein Publishing House

Author, Publisher Ameena Hussein has two collections of short stories to her name – ZILLIJ which won State Literary Award and FIFTEEN which was shortlisted for the Gratiaen Prize. Her novel MOON IN THE WATER was long listed for both the Man Asian Prize and the Dublin IMPAC Award. She has numerous published essays and has compiled three collections of stories for children which are approved by the Ministry of Education for School Libraries: MILK RICE 1, MILK RICE 2 and VAMPIRE UMPIRE. She also compiled a collection of 'naughty stories' for an adult readership titled BLUE.

Zillij is a collection of short stories adressing and revolving around the question of identity, within an essentially Sri Lankan context.

Zillij is the captivating Islamic traditional art of creating intricate mosaic design using hand-cut tiles.

While most of this volume reflects aspects of Sri Lanka's ethnic and socio-economic struggles, these stories are not merely 'about' Sri Lanka.

Winner of the State Literary Award for Best Short Stories

ISBN 978-955-8897-00-0
Author Ameena Hussein
RS. 750
Out of stock

Born in Sri Lanka, Shalini Wickremesooriya has two grown up children. A certified member of the Royal college of Speech and Language Therapists - UK and licensed by the Sri Lanka medical council, she has a doctoral degree from the University of Sheffield, UK. An independent practitioner who engages in research, clinical practice and teaching, she has extensive experience speaking at international conferences and liaising with professionals across the globe. She truly believes in knowledge sharing and makes every effort to disseminate information to varied audiences, using different platforms. She is also a firm believer that humans are lifelong learners and encourages people to evolve at every stage of their life.


Stories of hope and courage

Newly reprinted in 2022, this book is a collection of stories that reads like fiction but infact, reflects the lives of disabled individuals across the globe. Each story is narrated by a courageous individual who refused to be defined and shaped by a label or a medical diagnosis. These individuals choose life and living instead of doom and gloom. They are not international superstars but are stars nevertheless because they valiantly defied limitations imposed on them despite the odds that were stacked against them. The stories are a gift of hope and inspiration to the countless number of individuals with disabilities.

You too can overcome!

The stories also carry a loving message to parents, care-givers, teachers, health professionals, neighbors, family and friends.

Look beyond the disability and recognize the person who is struggling to emerge!

ISBN 978-955-1723-39-2
Author Shalini Wickremesooriya
RS. 1,300
50 In Stock
Pages: 128
Published by: Bay Owl Press

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