David Blacker

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David Blacker is a Sri Lankan author.

In the early 1990s, as a 19-year-old, Blacker served in the 6th Sri Lanka Sinha Regiment of the Sri Lanka Army at Elephant Pass, seeing action in the regiment's heroic defense of the base.[1] In 2001, after being wounded in battle, he went to Europe and took a part-time designing job. Blacker began to write in his spare time, and soon produced A Cause Untrue, a tale of Sri Lankan war. Blacker said that while personal experience formed the basis of the novel, the plot was entirely fabricated.[2][3]

In 2004 the novel in manuscript form was short-listed for the Gratiaen Prize, which led to its publication in 2005. Subsequently, the book won Best Novel at the 2006 State Literary Awards and was on the 2007 long list for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.[4]

Blacker's blog, the Blacklight Arrow, was one of the most popular Sri Lankan websites during the war, and Dr Dayan Jayatillake, Sri Lanka's former permanent representative to the UN in Geneva is quoted as saying “The Blacklight Arrow was way ahead in analysing and projecting the war as it unfurled this time. I have read and met commentators on military and strategic/security affairs from the UK, US, India, Russia and Israel and this guy Blacker is world class, and would be recognised as such except he’s too damn lazy to write. His knowledge of world military history is enormous. As a member of the International Expert Panel of Security Index, the top journal of security studies out of Moscow, I can safely say I know of no Sri Lankan or Sri Lankan-born analyst of military affairs who is better.”[5]

Articles from Blacker's blog have also been reproduced in the Times of India[6][7] and Sri Lanka's Sunday Island.[8]

Blacker lives in Sri Lanka and is a creative director and works in advertising.[2]


  1. ^ Blacker, David (19 May 2009). "Nineteen 'til I Die". The Blacklight Arrow. 
  2. ^ a b Prematunge, Sajitha (1 June 2008). "Defying Dogma and Taboo". Sunday Observer. Archived from the original on 18 January 2011. Retrieved 18 January 2011. 
  3. ^ Blacker, David (August 2005). A Cause Untrue. Perera - Hussein Publishing House. ISBN 978-955-8897-06-5. 
  4. ^ Appuhamy, Joseph (11 March 2007). "Thriller that leaves you hungry for more". The Sunday Times. Archived from the original on 18 January 2011. Retrieved 17 January 2011. 
  5. ^ Wijedasa, Namini (9 November 2010). "The Enigmatic Relationship Between Anoma and Sarath Fonseka". www.transcurrents.com. 
  6. ^ Blacker, David (12 April 2009). "How a Diaspora is Killing its Own". Times of India. 
  7. ^ Blacker, David (1 February 2009). "This war is a Writer's Block". Times of India. 
  8. ^ Blacker, David (13 July 2010). "Out in the Wilderness". Sunday Island.