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Beautiful Place

Nominated | Book Awards 2021 | Creative Writing in English (Fiction & Poetry)

Beautiful Place

'Amanthi Harris has written an engaging novel, incensed at times by the darker shadows that loom on an atmospheric coastal haven’ – Romesh Gunesekera

Full Title: Beautiful Place

Author: Amanthi Harris
Publisher: Pan Macmillan

Award Category: Creative Writing in English (Fiction & Poetry)
About the Book: 

On a patch of Sri Lanka’s exquisite southern coast stands the Villa Hibiscus. It is Padma’s home. The owner of the villa, Gerhardt, is an elderly Austrian architect to whom Padma was taken when young by Sunny, her scheming father. He had hoped to use his attractive child to entice the wealthy new foreigner in the area. Gerhardt, in turn, adopted Padma, paying Sunny to stay away until she is grown up, when Gerhardt expects to have sent Padma to university, far away.

But Padma fails her exams and is lonely in the city, gladly returning to her beloved old home by the sea. With Gerhardt’s help, she creates a guest house at the villa. Soon, guests start to arrive, opening new vistas for Padma through their friendship and love. Then Sunny appears, ready to reclaim his daughter …

A captivating novel about the meaning of home and family, love and loss, Beautiful Place marks the arrival of a dazzling new voice.


About the Author: 

Amanthi Harris was born in Sri Lanka and grew up in London. She studied Fine Art at Central St Martins and has degrees in Law and Chemistry from Bristol University. Her novella Lantern Evening won theGatehouse Press New Fictions Prize 2016 and was published by Gatehouse Press in 2017. Her short stories have been published by Serpent’s Tail and broadcast on BBC Radio 4 as Afternoon Readings.


Review: 

Praise for Lantern Evening

‘A beautiful, affecting, delicately written narrative’ – Amit Chaudhuri

‘In quiet, distilled prose, Amanthi Harris takes a moment of change we all experience and brings it into poignant, evocative focus. Her story resonates like a personal and deeply felt memory’ – Preti Taneja


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