Anna Perera

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Anna Perera
Anna Perera

NationalitySri Lankan
Spouse(s)David Knopfler (divorced; 1 child)
WebsiteOfficial Web

Anna Perera is a London-born writer.

Life and work[edit]

Anna Perera was born in London to a Sri Lankan father and Irish mother.[1] After teaching English at two schools in London, she took over a unit for adolescents who were excluded from school[2] and later did an MA in Writing For Children at Winchester University. She lives in London and has an adult son.[3]

In 2006, she attended a charity concert for at the Globe Theatre, where she learned children had also been abducted and rendered to Guantanamo Bay. This event was the inspiration for the critically acclaimed novel, Guantanamo Boy, that has been translated into several languages and nominated for many awards, including shortlisting for the Costa Children's Book Award. Her latest novel, The Glass Collector tells the story of 15-year-old Aaron and his life in the slums of present-day Cairo.


  • Skew Whiff (March 1, 2001) ISBN 978-01-9915-9673
  • Lolly Woe (February 22, 2001) ISBN 978-01-99193-806
  • The Night the Lights Went Out (May 1, 2006) ISBN 978-18-7051-6778
  • Guantanamo Boy (February 5, 2009) ISBN 978-84-666-4465-5 [4]
  • The Glass Collector (February 8, 2011) ISBN 978-08-0752-9485
  • Antarctic Adventures ISBN 978-01-9919-6449

Personal life[edit]

Anna married David Knopfler in March 1984. They have a grown-up son and divorced in 2010.


External links[edit]

  • Official Web
  • [1] Interview in English on her last two books.
  • [2] Guantanamo Boy Facebook page.