The Match

The Match

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As a teenager from Sri Lanka, Sunny liked to play cricket. But none of his new friends in Manila were remotely interested. That is until the gorgeous Tina arrived, all poise and perfection. Three decades on, Sunny is settled in London with a teenage son of his own. But despite the quiet comfort of his life, he feels unmoored. Trying to reconnect with his past, he goes to watch the visiting Sri Lankan cricket team play at the Oval. As the sun goes down at the end of the match he realises that love, like cricket, is more than just a game. He sees one last chance to get his life into focus, if only there is more

Product details

  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 20mm | 220g
  • Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0747579393
  • 9780747579397
  • 257,425

About Romesh Gunesekera

Romesh Gunesekera grew up in Sri Lanka and lives in London. He is the author of four books: Reef (shortlisted for both the Booker Prize and the Guardian Fiction Prize in 1994), Monkfish Moon, Sandglass and Heaven's Edge (shortlisted for the best book award in the Eurasia region for the Commonwealth Writers Prize 2003, and named as a New York Times Notable Book of the Year). He was awarded a National Honour by the President of Sri Lanka in more

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'Gunesekera has that essential gift of the novelist: the ability to make words live, to create life on the page' Scotsman 'So complete a match ... between empathy and artistry, between lively observation and intellectual grasp of cultural tensions, always surprises' Independent 'Gunesekera is strikingly adept at delineating the landscape of rootlessness ... [He] has a gentle, generous, deceptively light touch and a quiet genius for comic set pieces' Sunday Times 'Few novelists have so skilfully underlined the beauty of patience as a redeeming virtue' Times Literary Supplementshow more

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81 ratings
3.07 out of 5 stars
5 10% (8)
4 21% (17)
3 46% (37)
2 14% (11)
1 10% (8)
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