We are delighted to welcome back Sri Lankan author Ashok Ferrey to the Fairway Galle Literary Festival 2017.
Best-selling Sri Lankan author Ashok Ferrey read pure mathematics at Oxford University, subsequently forging a career as a builder in London before becoming a writer.
His first two books of short stories – ‘Colpetty People’ (2005) and ‘The Good Little Ceylonese Girl’ (2006), were both shortlisted for Sri Lanka’s Gratiaen Award.
His 3rd book a novel ‘Serendipity’ (2009), part satire – part thriller, which follows a promiscuous young barrister named Piyumi who leaves London for Colombo to take charge of her family’s share of the inheritance, was shortlisted for Sri Lanka’s State Literary Award.
‘The Professional’ (2013) follows the the journey of Chamath, a Sri Lankan trapped in a foreign country with limited prospects and being forced to survive on the scrapes that he could muster from the underbelly of society. With his work permit being kept in the stronghold of the government, Chamath is forced to moonlight as his alter-ego, “Norton” – a Professional.
His latest book, ‘The Ceaseless Chatter of Demons’ (2015) has just been released by Penguin Random House and was nominated for this year’s Gratiaen Prize.
Beginning in Kandy, the ancient capital of Sri Lanka, the novel follows the journey of Sonny Mahadewala who has endured a difficult childhood plagued by demon exorcising rituals due to his parents belief that he is the work of the Devil. At age 19 he makes his escape to a new world (England) to free himself of his demonically plagued past, where he meets the love of his life … which is when his troubles really begin.
A comic morality tale that takes a sly look at evil and how it survives in the West as a curious intellectual concept, but how it lives on in Sri Lanka, amply nourished – a freshly beating heart beneath the skin of daily life.
“Underlying the humour is a critique of social convention and subtle intimations of the potential for evil that is prevalent in us all” – Gratiaen Prize Judges’ Citation.
Ashok’s other work include a book of short stories – ‘Love in the Tsunami’ (2012).
Back in Colombo, Ferrey continues to design and build houses. He is also a guest lecturer at the Colombo School of Architecture and host of the programme ‘Art and Architecture with Ashok’, currently on national television.
In his spare time Ashok is a personal trainer.
- Follow Ashok on Facebook at : http://www.facebook.com/ashokferrey/
Ashok Ferrey at FGLF 2017
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