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"IF A LIAR TELLS YOU HE IS LYING,IS HE TELLING THE TRUTH?"

 - Chinaman: The Legend of Pradeep Mathew
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Booker winner. Writer of punchlines, manifestos, and calls-to-action. Failed cricketer, failed rockstar, failed vegan. Observer of people, machines and markets. 
Does not know how to use semi-colons; and unable
to spell diarrhoea without assistance.


Shehan has published two novels and three children's books,

including Chinaman: The Legend of Pradeep Mathew,

winner of the 2012 Commonwealth Book Prize, and

The Seven Moons of Maali Almeida, winner of 

the 2022 Booker Prize.

 

He’s also written features on sport, music and travel

for The Guardian, Rolling Stone, Wisden, GQ, Conde Nast

and National Geographic. 
 

He has over 20 years’ experience working for ad agencies,

tech firms, media houses, start-ups and multinationals across Singapore, London, Colombo, Sydney and Amsterdam.

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the Booker prize 

Read the Reviews
 

A selection of the reviews from the Booker Prize 2022.

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"Witty, inventive and moving"

"Executed with a humour and pathos that ground the reader."

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EVENTS

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5 May – Melbourne Writers’ Festival
10-11 May – Brisbane Writers’ Festival
19-21 May – Auckland Writers’ Festival
22-24 May – Byron Bay Writers’ Festival
24-26 May – Sydney Writers’ Festival
17 June – Gratiaen Prize Event, Colombo
25-26 JUNE - BRADFORD LITERATURE FESTIVAL
27 JUNE - LORDS ASHES DINNER
1-2 JULY - MYSURU LITERATURE FESTIVAL
27 AUGUST - EDINBURGH LITERATURE FESTIVAL
2-4 SEPT - FT FESTIVAL, LONDON
7 SEPT - FESTIVALETTERATURA, MANTOVA

11 SEPT - TURIN READINGS
12 SEPT - INTERNATIONALES LITERATURFESTIVAL BERLIN
14 SEPT - ATHENS READINGS
27 SEPT - FNAC LISBON
20- 22 OCT - UBUD WRITERS AND READERS FESTIVAL
13 - 15 NOV - SILK ROAD SLIPPERS MASTERCLASS
26 nov - booker prize ceremony
29 NOV - FOYLES WITH PAUL LYNCH
26-29 JAN - GALLE LITERARY FESTIVAL
5-8 FEB - NYU ABU DHABI
8-12 FEB - CEYLON LITERARY FESTIVAL
16 march - umea litfest, sweden
28 june - kellogg college, oxford
29 june - ely arts festival, cambridge

 

INTERVIEWS
 

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AUTHOR

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Shehan writes about forgotten cricketers, drunk old men, war photographers, chatty ghosts, self-driving cars and time travellers. His stories are absurd and mostly true. 

Last year, a short story collection, The Birth Lottery and other Surprises was published by  Hachette India, while his Booker-winning novel The Seven Moons of Maali Almeida is published by Sort Of Books UK, WW Norton & Company US, and in 26 languages worldwide. His debut screenplay for 800: The Murali Story was filmed in 2022 and released worldwide on Amazon Prime.

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FOR BOOKINGS

Events and literary festivals

assistant@davidgodwinassociates.co.uk

MEDIA REQUESTS

UK and Ireland – Ruth Killick publicity@ruthkillick.co.uk

India – Peter Modoli  pmodoli@penguinrandomhouse.in

Sri Lanka – Rohan Casiechetty Rohan.Casiechetty@gmail.com

Australia – Ali Hampton alih@allenandunwin.com

New Zealand –  Abba Renshaw AbbaR@allenandunwin.com

South Africa –  Nompumelelo Mgidlana

Nompumelelo.Mgidlana@jonathanball.co.za

Singapore  –  Amnah Tan th@apdsing.com

US  – Erin Sinesky Lovett ELovett@wwnorton.com

Rest of World – assistant@davidgodwinassociates.co.uk

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"The truth rarely goes viral, but catchy songs often do."

- The Birth Lottery and Other Surprises
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"I've been from ella to valhalla, but haven't found a word that rhymes with udalla."

- Please Don't Put That In Your Mouth
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fun stories for naughty kids

Papaya Books publishes quirky children's stories filled with strange characters and powerful lessons. Written by Shehan and illustrated by his brother Lalith, these books are designed to teach the curious, delight the bored, and distract the naughty.

Copywriter

Shehan has worked for ad agencies, tech firms, media houses, start-ups and multinationals across Singapore, London, Colombo, Sydney and Amsterdam. He’s written commercials, radio spots, ads, websites, digital strategies, activation campaigns, social posts, brochures and manifestos for the likes of BBH, Facebook, Iris, Havas, McCann, BBDO, Grey, Y&R, Bates and JWT.  

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"We haven't changed the guards in 1500 years."

- Sri Lanka Tourism Ad

Clients &
Collaborations

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Reviews

"A crazy, ambidextrous delight."

- Michael Ondaatje

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