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Rukmini Attygalle was born in 1938 and was educated at Bishop's College Colombo; and interrupted her education at the University of Peradeniya to get married in 1960. She has 3 children. The family emigrated to the U.K. in 1971, during the JVP uprising. She has worked in the Civil Service, and after retirement did a diploma in Art and Design. Of Saris and Grapefruits is her first novel

Rukmini Attygalle's debut collection of eleven stories reflect inner strength in times of need. They take the reader into the everyday lives of ordinary people; from a little girl asserting her independence with her family in England, to a newly widowed woman unexpectedly revisiting her past, to a surprising friend in a street beggar. Of Saris and Grapefruit is a collection that layers poignant textures and feelings from one story to another, that captures significant life changes with entertaining and revealing outcomes.


"Rukmini Attygalle's first published collection of short stories makes for delightful reading.... From them emerge a palpable freshness and feminine ingenuity." Nanda Pethiagoda Wanasundera, Journalist and Author of Parallel Lives

"These stories are engaging and vibrant." Leelananda de Silva, Public Servant, UN consultant, and Author of The Long Littleness of Life: a Memoir of Government, the United Nations, Family and Friends

"This collection of stories displays many clear insights, much deep feeling, and also an engaging sense of humour" Michael O'Leary, Writer and Columnist

ISBN 978-955-1723-51-4
Author Rukmini Attygalle
RS. 850
20 In Stock

Author, Publisher Ameena Hussein has two collections of short stories to her name – ZILLIJ which won State Literary Award and FIFTEEN which was shortlisted for the Gratiaen Prize. Her novel MOON IN THE WATER was long listed for both the Man Asian Prize and the Dublin IMPAC Award. She has numerous published essays and has compiled three collections of stories for children which are approved by the Ministry of Education for School Libraries: MILK RICE 1, MILK RICE 2 and VAMPIRE UMPIRE. She also compiled a collection of 'naughty stories' for an adult readership titled BLUE.

Zillij is a collection of short stories adressing and revolving around the question of identity, within an essentially Sri Lankan context.

Zillij is the captivating Islamic traditional art of creating intricate mosaic design using hand-cut tiles.

While most of this volume reflects aspects of Sri Lanka's ethnic and socio-economic struggles, these stories are not merely 'about' Sri Lanka.

Winner of the State Literary Award for Best Short Stories

ISBN 978-955-8897-00-0
Author Ameena Hussein
RS. 750
93 In Stock

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Enter a realm of occupational angst, parental abandonment and working class mentality...

Chiranthi Rajapakse gives us a fine collection of short stories with an unforgettable cast of small city characters who cope with life in a fast changing environment. Insightful and original, these stories offset relentless progress against guilty introspection. Her measured prose is subtle and sober, evocative of the yearnings of a country in flux.

Shortlisted for the Gratiaen prize

ISBN 978-955-8897-2
Author Chiranthi Rajapakse
RS. 600
47 In Stock
Pages: 112
Published by: Perera Hussein Publishing House

Alagu Subramaniyam was a Ceylon born writer, a Barrister-at-Law of the Honourable Society of Licoln's Inn and an Advocate of the Supreme Court of Ceylon. His father was a judge in Ceylon and his grandfather was a literary personage. He combined the dual professions of barrister and writer and was married to a graduate teacher.

The Big Girl & Other Stories is a retro-collection of stories by the talented posthumous author Alagu Subramaniam.

They recount scenes of life in Jaffna more than 50 years ago. The book which had disappeared from circulation has now been updated and reprinted in its entirety.
These stories evocatively capture the ethos of an era now past and will leave you nostalgic for a simpler time.

"Mr Subramaniayam could have had a sound practice at the English Bar, but he preferred to pursue his literary work, which is of a higher order" - Lester Hutchinson, D es L., Former MP (British House of Commons)

"Stories told sardonically and succinctly" - Philip Day, Sunday Times (London)

ISBN 978-955-1723-41-5
Author Alagu Subramaniyam
RS. 750
83 In Stock
Pages: 152
Published by: The Bay Owl Press

Asitha Ameresekere was brainwashed by Greek myth from an early age and has studied Classics ever since. At various points in his life, he has been a teacher, librarian and chef, but has always made films in his spare time. He is the recipient of a BAFTA award for his film Do not Erase. He currently lives in London.

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BAFTA award-winning film maker Asitha Ameresekere brings his extraordinary talents to the page with his startling, thought provoking and tender offering of stories.

Shakespeare has a writing block and Medusa just doesn't like her hairstyle – of course! BAFTA award-winning film maker Asitha Ameresekere brings his extraordinary talents to the page with his startling, thought provoking and tender offering of stories. Incredibly charming and beautifully written with a balance of pathos and humour, Ameresekere shows us that a chance encounter, a hidden revelation, or even an angel could reconfigure the world. Ameresekere reveals the idisocyincrasies and odd logic that rule our lives, making this stunning debut the work of a writer with a spectacularly original and compelling voice.

'Ameresekere's consummate awareness of what makes a good story, his quirky sense of humour, and his ability to supply many points of view in the telling-including that of a dog-disclose a complex literary sensibility that belies his neophyte status as a writer' – Professor S W Perera

'Ameresekere is incomparable to any other Sri Lankan author to be published in recent years. His stories are bound to appeal to local as well as international readers not only because they are set in a wide array of places, but because Ameresekere chooses his narrative style to harmonize with the place and culture he is representing, a trait seldom seen in other contemporary writers. For Sri Lankan fiction fans and short story lovers alike, Wedding Gifts and Other Presents will not fail to entertain, amuse and surprise with its unique entourage of characters humorous twists of fate' – Chalani Ranwala

ISBN 978-955-8897-14-0
Author Asitha Ameresekere
RS. 490
97 In Stock
Pages: 130
Published by: Perera Hussein Publishing House

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