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 - Chinaman: The Legend of Pradeep Mathew

"Good sits in a corner, collects a cheque, and pays a mortgage. evil builds empires."

 - Chinaman: The Legend of Pradeep Mathew
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Shehan's best-selling debut novel Chinaman: The Legend of Pradeep Mathew won the Commonwealth Book Prize, the Gratiaen Prize and the DSC Prize for South Asian literature.

 

He's published two novels and three children's books. And has written on sport, music and travel for the Guardian, Rolling Stone, Wisden, GQ, Conde Nast and National Geographic.

He lives in Colombo and Kurunegala with a wife, two kids, five guitars and thirty-two unfinished stories.

Books

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Chinaman:The Legend of the Pradeep Mathew

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The seven moons of maali almeida

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THE BIRTH LOTTERY AND OTHER SURPRISES

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Kids Books

Kids' Books

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Please don't put that in your mouth

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Where shall i poop?

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Those sneaky plants

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I'M Never ever

going to sleep 

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"The things they don't teach you in school. how to love. how to die. how to stage a dramatic comeback."

 - 'Chinaman: The Legend of Pradeep Mathew.

screenplays

Shehan's written two screenplays, both about cricket.

And is working on a thriller that has nothing to do with sports.

800: The Murali Story (2020)

Boys Played Pretty Well (2021)

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Screenplays
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GET TO KNOW THE WRITER

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Writer. Creative. Author.
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. 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 mid-2022. 


 
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"The earth mumbles like it’s forgotten the words, a low hum in a key between B and C, at a frequency you would struggle to whistle at."

- The Seven Moons of Maali Almeida

Awards

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get to know the writer

THE BOOKER Interviews 
 

A selection of interviews with Shehan from the Booker Prize 2022.

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booker adventures

A selection of photos and videos with Shehan from the Booker Prize Tour.

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