Carl Muller

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Carl Muller
Born(1935-10-22)22 October 1935 (age 82)
Kandy, Sri Lanka
OccupationAuthor, journalist
NationalitySri Lankan
Notable worksThe Jam Fruit Tree
Children of the Lion
SpouseSortain Harris

Carl Muller (born 22 October 1935) is a Sri Lankan writer, poet and journalist best known for his trilogy about Burghers in Sri Lanka: The Jam Fruit Tree, Yakada Yaka and Once Upon A Tender Time. He has won Gratiaen Awards for The Jam Fruit Tree in 1993[1] and a State Literary Award for his historical novel, Children of the Lion.[2]


Muller was born in Kandy, the eldest in a family of thirteen. Dismissed from three schools, Muller was finally educated at Prestigious Royal College, Colombo. he left home at the age of eighteen to join the Royal Ceylon Navy as a signalman.[3] He went on to briefly serve in the Ceylon Army and later joined the Colombo Port Commission as a signals officer.[1]

Next, Muller tried his hand at journalism, eventually marrying Sortain Harris and leaving Sri Lanka in order to work at newspapers in the Middle East.[3]

Muller has currently retired from his lifelong work as decades of chain smoking has taken a toll on his health. He and his wife live in Kandy with their two children and his grand son.[4]



  • The Jam Fruit Tree (Winner of the Gratiaen Prize) (1993)
  • Yakada Yaka (1994)
  • Once Upon A Tender Time (1995)
  • Spit and Polish
  • Maudiegirl and the von Bloss Kitchen

Historical fiction[edit]

  • Colombo – A Novel (1996)
  • Children of the Lion (Winner of the State Literary Award) (1997)
  • City of the Lion

Science fiction[edit]

  • Exodus 2300 (2003)


  • Firing at Random

Short stories[edit]

  • A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Cemetery
  • Birdsong & Other Tales
  • All God's Children (2004) (shortlisted for the Gratiaen Award)
  • The Python of Pura Malai and Other Stories
  • Wedding Night (2007)


  • Father Samaan and the Devil
  • Sri Lanka – A Lyric
  • Propitiations
  • A Bedlam of Persuasions
  • Clouds over my Senses
  • Read Me in Silence
  • The Thin Red Line
  1. Our Star ship and its Sorry Crew

Children's fiction[edit]

  • Ranjit Discovers Where Kandy Began (1992) (also rendered in Sinhala)
  • The Python of Pura Malai and other stories

Academic works[edit]

  • The Elizabethans: The Origin of, and the Great Flowering of Modern English

Literature – Volume I

Views and reviews[edit]

  • Many Bulls in My China Shop
  • More Bulls in My China Shop
  • More and More Bulls in My China Shop
  • The Bulls are Back in My China Shop


  • Glorying in that Great Divide
  • Conflict in Cinderella’s Kitchen
  • The Service Economy: Is there a Dangerous Dichotomisation of Wealth?
  • Productivity: The Key to Economic Domination
  • Tourism: Aiming for that Magic Million
  • God Men Rising: Challenging the Bedrock of Hindu Beliefs and Values
  • Conflict Within: Challenging Sovereignty and Human Solidarity


  • Carl Muller’s Mental Mayhems


  • Stamp Stories of the USA


  • Indian Journeys

Works edited[edit]

  • Mews and Purrs (Lancashire, England)]
  • The Tide Press of a Dedicated Life: A Tribute to Christine Spittel-Wilson
  • Rendering Unto Caesar
  • The Poems of Destry Muller (Winner of the State Literary Award)
  • A Rainbow Sash Adorns my Dreaming Sky


  1. ^ a b Profile of Carl Muller at The Galle Literary Festival Website Archived 3 March 2008 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ "'Writing till I drop' – Carl Muller". Sunday Observer. 3 February 2008. Retrieved 13 July 2008.
  3. ^ a b "A story teller like no other". Sunday Leader. 23 September 2007. Archived from the original on 9 January 2008. Retrieved 13 July 2008.
  4. ^ Carl Muller – The Literary Encyclopaedia

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