Reef is Romesh Gunesekera's debut novel, published in 1994. It was nominated for the 1994 Man Booker Prize, and won the 1997 Premio Mondello Five Continents Asia Prize, the 1994 Yorkshire Post First Work Prize, the 1994 New Voice Award, and was...
Romesh Gunesekera was born in 1954 in Sri Lanka before moving to the Philippines at age seven. Gunesekera moved to England in 1972 and studied English and philosophy at the University of Liverpool. There, he earned several accolades for his writing, including the Liverpool College Poetry Prize. Prior to the release of his short stories in an anthology titled Monkfish Moon in 1992, Gunesekera's work was published in magazines such Granta, The London Review of Books, and London Magazine.
After Monkfish Moon was named a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, Gunesekera won an Arts Council Bursary, a grant that allowed him to focus on writing his debut novel, Reef, which was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. Since Reef's publication, Gunesekera has released several novels, such as The Sandglass (1998), Heaven's Edge (2002), The Match (2006), The Prisoner of Paradise (2012), Noon Tide Toll (2013), and Suncatcher (2019).
Gunesekera has won numerous awards, including a National Honour in Sri Lanka. He is an elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and has also served as a judge for many prestigious literary competitions. Romesh Gunesekera currently lives in London with his wife and two daughters.