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Reading List

Here is an initial selection of some of the books we have found to be the most illuminating on our journey to a deeper understanding of this fascinating island, which Marco Polo, and many others since, have described as the most beautiful in the world.

We will be updating the following selection of recommended titles throughout the year.

Architecture/Photography/Art Cuisine
Tropical Houses by Tim Street Porter Exotic Tastes of Sri Lanka by Suharshini Seneviratne
The 43 Group by Neville Weereratne Food of Sri Lanka: Authentic Recipes from the Island of Gems by Douglas Bullis
Geoffrey Bawa by Brian Brace Taylor Leith’s Indian and Sri Lankan Cookery by Priya Wickramsinghe
Costumes of Sri Lanka by K. D. G. Wimalartne My Way, A Collection of Recipes by Koluu
British Period Architecture in Sri Lanka by Lakshman Alwis Serendip by Peter Kuruvita


Biographies/Autobiographies Fiction
Geoffrey Bawa by David Robson The Hamilton Case by Michelle De Kretser
The Village in the Jungle by Leonard Woolf
Woolf in Ceylon: An Imperial Journey in the Shadow of Leonard Woolf, 1904-1911
by Christopher Ondaatje
Anil’s Ghost by Michael Ondaatje
The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje
Running in the Family by Michael Ondaatje
Elephant Walk by Robert Standish
At the Water’s Edge by Pradeep Jeganathan
The Rifle and Hound in Ceylon by Sir Samuel W. Baker July by Karen Roberts
Great Days: Memoirs of a Ceylon Government Medical Officer of 1918
by P. R. C. Peterson
Heavens Edge by Romesh Gunasekera
The Sandglass by Romesh Gunasekera
Monkfish Moon by Romesh Gunasekera
Reef by Romesh Gunasekera
Swimming in the Monsoon Sea by Shyam Selvadurai
The View from Serendip by Arthur C. Clarke Colombo by Carl Muller
Yakada Yaka by Carl Muller
The Jam Fruit Tree by Carl Muller
A Disobedient Girl
by Ru Freeman
Images of Sri Lanka through American Eyes
by H. A. I. Goonetileke
All is Burning by Jean Arasanayagam
In the Garden Secretly by Jean Arasanayagam
Chinaman: The Legend of Pradeep Mathew
by Shehan Karunathilake
The Man-Eater of Punanai: A Journey of Discovery to the Jungles of Old Ceylon by Christopher Ondaatje The Fountains of Paradise
by Arthur C. Clarke
The Pleasures of conquest
by Yasmine Gooneratne
Cinnamon Gardens
by Shyam Selvadurai
The Reefs of Taprobane by Arthur C. Clarke When memory Dies by A Sivanandan
Desire and Other Stories by Anne Ranasinghe
An Invisible Spectator
by Christopher Sawyer-Laucanno
Trussed by Shiromi Pinto
Funny Boy by Shyam Selvadurai
Murder in the Pettah by Jeanne Cambrai


Guide Books History
Sri Lanka Lonely Planet Guide by Lonely Planet A History of Sri Lanka by K. M. de Silva
Luxe Sri Lanka by Luxe City Guides The Most Dangerous Moment by Michael Tomlinson
Geoffrey Bawa by Brian Brace Taylor Nobodies to Somebodies: The Rise of the Colonial Bourgeoisie in Sri Lanka by Kumari Jayawardena
The Dutch Forts of Sri Lanka by W.A. Nelson
Footprint Guide to Sri Lanka by Edward Aves Illustrations and Views of Dutch Ceylon, 1602-1796 by Sir Samuel W. Baker
British Period Architecture in Sri Lanka by Lakshman Alwis An Historical Relation of the Island Ceylon by Robert Knox
Around the Fort in 80 Lives by Juliet Coombe Only Man is Vile by William McGowan


Lifestyle Maps
Living in Sri Lanka by Turtle Bunbury / James Fennell Insight Map Sri Lanka by American Map Corporation
Asian Elements by Jane Edwards / Andrew Wood The Rough Guide to Sri Lanka Map by Rough Guides
Sri Lanka Style: Tropical Design and Architecture by Dominic Sansoni
Costumes of Sri Lanka by Tim Street Porterl
The Book of Tea by Alain Stella


Wild Life Poetry
A Photographic Guide to Birds of Sri Lanka by Gehan de Silva Wijeyeratne Elephant and Ice by Rienzi W. G Crusz
Snakes and Other Reptiles of Sri Lanka by Indraneil Das/ Anslem de Silva China Bay Blues by Afdhel Aziz
The Rough Guide to Sri Lanka Map
by Rough Guides
Modern Sri Lankan Poetry: An Anthology
by Sri Satguru Publications
Nothing Prepares You
by Vivimarie Van Der Poorten


Plant Life and Green Things
Sri Lanka’s Magnificent Cloud Forests By W. Werner
A Guide to the Mangrove Flora of Sri Lanka by P.K. De Silva, & M. De Silva
Ecology of Sinharaja Rain Forest and the Forest Dynamics Plot by Savitri GunatillekeCommon Shrubs and Trees of Sri Lanka by Prof. Nimal and Savitri Gunatilleke
Horton Plains: Sri Lanka’s Cloud-Forest National Park by Rohan Pethiyagoda
Pearls, Sprices and Green Gold by Rohan Pethiyagoda
The Royal Botanical Gardens by Bandara Palipana