Shehan Karunatilaka

Shehan Karunatilaka’s latest novel The Seven Moons of Maali Almedia, is longlisted for the 2022 Booker Prize

Shehan Karunatilaka: The Seven Moons of Maali Almeida

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My guest in this week’s Book Club podcast is Shehan Karunatilaka, author of last year’s Booker Prize winner The Seven Moons of Maali Almeida. Shehan tells me about writing a novel whose protagonist is dead on page one, about putting the chaos of Sri Lanka’s long civil war on the page, and about the importance of

Will Sri Lanka win its struggle for peace?

Shehan Karunatilaka is the winner of this year’s Booker Prize. He wrote a notebook from Sri Lanka for The Spectator earlier this year. The late great Sunil Perera, popular Sri Lankan singer and satirist, lamented that people should be clamouring to come to our beautiful island. But with each passing decade more of us find more reasons to escape.