Participant Update:

Dinah Jefferies was suddenly taken ill on Wednesday January 4th evening.

In her keen desire to attend the Festival, she held off canceling in the hopes her doctors would still permit her to travel because she really wanted to attend the Festival and also visit Sri Lanka.

Unfortunately, by Thursday night, her doctors, after careful consultation and examination of Ms. Jefferies, advised her not to fly for the next two weeks. She sends her deep regrets about having to cancel. – FGLF Press Release, January 6, 2017

We wish her the speediest recovery and look forward to seeing her in Sri Lanka in the near future.

2017 Fairway Galle Literary Festival - Author Dinah Jeffries.

Dinah Jefferies was born in Malaysia and moved to England at the age of nine. She has worked in education, lived in a commune and exhibited work as an artist before deciding to follow her dream of becoming a writer – which she did in her 60’s.

Dinah is the author of three novels: The Separation (2013), The Tea Planter’s Wife (2015) – a Sunday Times number one bestseller – and ‘The Silk Merchant’s Daughter‘ (2016), also a Sunday Times top ten bestseller, with a fourth book, ‘Before The Rains‘ due out in February 2017.

Dinah’s first novel, ‘The Separation‘, was set in Malaysia in the 1950s.

“I was born there in colonial times and I lived there as a child. It’s now a very different country and I needed to preserve my memory of how it had once been, so that was the exception and I didn’t travel to modern Malaya.” – Dinah Jeffries

Her 2015 novel, ‘The Tea Planter’s Wife‘ , was a choice for the WH Smith, Richard and Judy Bookclub and was in the Sunday Times best sellers list for 16 weeks continuously from September until Christmas 2015, topping it twice during that time. The book was also the top 10 ebooks in Australia for July 2016, according to

The Tea Planter's Wife by Dinah Jeffries

Set in the 1920’s, a young 19 year old woman ventures out to the tropical island of Ceylon to meet her new husband, a rich and charming widower. Eager to join him on his tea plantation, Gwen is determined to be the perfect wife and mother. But life in Ceylon is not what Gwen expected. The plantation workers are resentful, the neighbours treacherous and it turns out that there is no perfect husband, as he has become the perfect stranger. She is left to her own devices in an alien world where she uncovers several dark secrets.

Dinah went to Sri Lanka to research The Tea Planters Wife, and it was this novel that cemented her place on the literary map in the same cannon as the likes of Victoria Hislop and Santa Montefiore.

“That was amazing … I stayed in a Tea Planters Bungalow beside a lake in the misty hill country where the book is set” – Dinah Jeffries.

She lives in Gloucestershire, England, and has travelled to Sri Lanka, Vietnam and India to research her novels. She is currently planning a fifth novel, to be set in Galle.

Dinah Jeffries at FGLF 2017

Don’t miss meeting Dinah Jeffries at the Fairway Galle Literary Festival 2017. Her events will be announced in November 2016 … Please click the FOLLOW button below to receive email updates as festival news and announcements are published.