We are delighted to welcome, the winner of Dolman Travel Book Prize, 2012, author John Gimlette, to the 2017 Fairway Galle Literary Festival.
John Gimlette crossed the Soviet Union by train aged 17, and has since travelled to over 60 countries.
On the eve of Falklands War, he was working an estate in Northern Argentina and as hostilities grew, crossed into Paraguay; and later returned to England via Bolivia and Chile to read law at Cambridge.
His debut book was ‘At the Tomb of the Inflatable Pig; Travels in Paraguay’ (2003), a wonderfully animated telling of the authors riotous journey into the heart of South America – published in New York, London and Milan.
John followed up with ‘Theatre of Fish: Travels Through Newfoundland and Labrador’ (2005), which chronicles his travels through a harsh and awesome landscape, the eastern extreme of the Americas, broadly interwoven with the experiences of Dr. Eliot Curwen, his great-grandfather, who spent a summer there as a doctor.
Both books were nominated by The New York Times as being among the ‘100 Notable Books of the Year’.
John Gimlette’s third book was ‘Panther Soup’ (2008), which followed a wartime journey through France, Germany and Austria, comparing the battlefields of the 1940’s with what can be found there today.
Journeying through the Guianas resulted in his book, ‘Wild Coast: Travels on South America’s Untamed Edge’, which won the Dolman Travel Book Prize 2012.
His latest, ‘Elephant Complex: Travels in Sri Lanka’ (2015) is a portrait at the war’s end.
Home to thousands of wild elephants, this is a place where natural beauty has endured, indifferent to human tragedy. Journeying through its many regions – some haunted by war, many rarely seen by our eyes – John interviews ex-presidents and cricketers, tea planters and terrorists, negotiating the complex relationships of Sinhalese, Tamil and Muslim communities and the more sinister forms of tourism. Gimlette seeks out the soul of a country that is struggling to free itself from trauma and embody an identity to match its vitality, its power and its people.
“A brilliant work of travel, history and psychological insight … As for Mr Gimlette, it is hard to think of a more astute and sympathetic companion … [He] writes beautifully, all freshness and verve. And he is also very funny” – Dominic Zeigler (The Wall Street Journal).
John Gimlette is a regular contributor of travel features to the Telegraph, Times, Guardian, Condé Nast Traveller and Wanderlust.
John lives with his wife and daughter in England and continues to practice as a barrister specializing in clinical negligence and personal injury.
Learn more about John Gimlette at: http://www.johngimlette.com/
John Gimlette at FGLF 2017
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