Shehan Karunatilaka

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Shehan Karunatilaka
Shehan Karunatilaka - Jaipur.jpg
Born Colombo, Sri Lanka
Occupation Writer, Creative Director
Nationality Sri Lankan
Period 2000 to present
Genre novels
Subject Sri Lankan society
Notable works Chinaman
Website
www.shehanwriter.com

Shehan Karunatilaka is a Sri Lankan writer most notable for his book Chinaman: The Legend of Pradeep Mathew which won many awards.

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His debut novel, The Painter, was shortlisted for the Gratiaen Prize in 2000, but was never published.

His second novel, Chinaman: The Legend of Pradeep Mathew, uses cricket as a device to write about Sri Lankan society.[1] It tells the story of an alcoholic journalist's quest to track down a missing cricketer of the 1980s. The book was critically hailed winning many awards. On 21 May 2012, Chinaman was announced as the regional winner for Asia of the Commonwealth Book Prize[2] and went on to win the overall Commonwealth Book Prize announced 8 June.[3] It also won the 2012 DSC Prize for South Asian Literature, and the 2008 Gratiaen Prize.[4] Published to great acclaim in India and the UK, the book was one of the Waterstones 11 selected by British bookseller Waterstones as one of the top debuts of 2011 and was also shortlisted for the Shakti Bhatt First Novel Prize.

He has played bass with Sri Lankan bands Independent Square and Powercut Circus.[4] An advertising copywriter by trade, he also writes features for the Guardian, Newsweek, National Geographic, Rolling Stone, Wisden, The Cricketer and the Economic Times. He was educated at S. Thomas' Preparatory School, Kollupitiya, Sri Lanka, and currently resides in Singapore.

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