Romesh Gunesekera's debut novel is a haunting coming-of-age story set against a background of social unrest and a fast-disappearing paradise.

A single lighted match banishes Triton from his father’s home to the employ of Mister Salgado, a marine biologist obsessed by swamps, sea movements and a Sri Lankan island’s disappearing reef. Stranded in London years later, Triton plumbs the depths of his childhood memories - a period of brewing political, ethical and religious turmoil - and brings us to understand how he has navigated this brave new world, which once lost will haunt him forever.
The Booker Prize 1994
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Romesh Gunesekera

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Romesh Gunesekera is an award-winning author, and was shortlisted for the Booker Prize in 1994
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