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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
RS. 665
79 In 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
RS. 595
7 In Stock

Alagu Subramaniyam was a Ceylon born writer, a Barrister-at-Law of the Honourable Society of Licoln's Inn and an Advocate of the Supreme Court of Ceylon. His father was a judge in Ceylon and his grandfather was a literary personage. He combined the dual professions of barrister and writer and was married to a graduate teacher.

The Big Girl & Other Stories is a retro-collection of stories by the talented posthumous author Alagu Subramaniam.

They recount scenes of life in Jaffna more than 50 years ago. The book which had disappeared from circulation has now been updated and reprinted in its entirety.
These stories evocatively capture the ethos of an era now past and will leave you nostalgic for a simpler time.


"Mr Subramaniayam could have had a sound practice at the English Bar, but he preferred to pursue his literary work, which is of a higher order" - Lester Hutchinson, D es L., Former MP (British House of Commons)


"Stories told sardonically and succinctly" - Philip Day, Sunday Times (London)

ISBN 978-955-1723-41-5
Author Alagu Subramaniyam
RS. 750
RS. 525
Out of stock
Pages: 152
Published by: The Bay Owl Press

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
RS. 525
81 In Stock

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Enter a realm of occupational angst, parental abandonment and working class mentality...


Chiranthi Rajapakse gives us a fine collection of short stories with an unforgettable cast of small city characters who cope with life in a fast changing environment. Insightful and original, these stories offset relentless progress against guilty introspection. Her measured prose is subtle and sober, evocative of the yearnings of a country in flux.

Shortlisted for the Gratiaen prize

ISBN 978-955-8897-2
Author Chiranthi Rajapakse
RS. 600
RS. 420
2 In Stock
Pages: 112
Published by: Perera Hussein Publishing House
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