"IF A LIAR TELLS YOU HE IS LYING,IS HE TELLING THE TRUTH?"
- Chinaman: The Legend of Pradeep Mathew
Booker-shortlisted 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 diarrhea 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, short-listed for
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.
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.
This year, a short story collection, The Birth Lottery and other Surprises will be published by Little, Brown UK and Hachette India, while his novel The Seven Moons of Maali Almeida will be released worldwide by Sort Of Books. His debut screenplay for 800: The Murali Story starts filming in mid-2022.
"The truth rarely goes viral, but catchy songs often do."
- The Birth Lottery and Other Surprises
"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
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.
"We haven't changed the guards in 1500 years."
- Sri Lanka Tourism Ad
"A crazy, ambidextrous delight."
- Michael Ondaatje