The Match

The Match

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Sunny is Sri Lankan and nearly fifteen years old. It is the late sixties, and his father has moved the two of them to Manila, after his mother's death. Sunny decides to start a cricket team with the other Sri Lankans to get the attention of his attractive neighbour. But even when first love goes wrong, his passion for cricket remains, the only connection he has to the home he left behind. Sunny goes on to attend university in London, and when his father dies, he finds himself unable to return to the Philippines. He falls in love, and makes a new life for himself in England. But despite the obvious tranquillity of his life, he feels unmoored, increasingly distanced from his lovely wife and especially from their son, who doesn't share his interest in cricket. From the acclaimed author of "Reef" and "Heaven's Edge", "The Match" is a heart-warming, funny family saga, stretching from the seventies to the present-day and moving from Asia to Europe. It is a story about fathers and sons, of finding home and coming home, of cricket, growing up and falling in more

Product details

  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 135 x 216mm
  • Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Export ed
  • 0747580243
  • 9780747580249

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).show more

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'Gunesekera is quite simply a very good, often inspiringly lyric writer who feels as deeply as he sees.' Irish Times 'Full of the uncertain sadness of exiles and dreamers Gunesekera's characters become memorable emblems of solitude and despair.' Vogue 'Gunesekera's language has a simple surface - but the simplicity is deceptive; his observation is as close as the stare of a voyeur.' Independent 'A master storyteller.' The New York Timesshow 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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