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GIVEAWAY! – 3 copies of Beautiful Place by Amanthi Harris – SRI LANKA (UK only)

17th November 2019

In our giveaway we have 3 copies of the novel Beautiful Place by Amanthi Harris set in SRI LANKA.

Beautiful Place is a poignant novel about leaving and losing home and making family. It is about being oppressed and angry and wanting a better life but how is a better life to be defined?

The Villa Hibiscus is a house by the sea on the exquisite southern coast of Sri Lanka, home to Padma, a young Sri Lankan woman. The owner of the villa, Gerhardt, is an elderly Austrian architect to whom Padma was taken when young by her scheming father, Sunny, who had hoped to seduce the wealthy new foreigner in the area with his attractive child. Gerhardt adopts Padma and pays Sunny to stay away until she’s 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 guesthouse at the villa and soon guests start to arrive, opening new vistas for Padma through their friendship and love.

Then Sunny appears, ready to reclaim his daughter…


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SECOND: Just tell us in the comments below which is your favourite book set in SRI LANKA (and of course, if you are stuck you can consult our database here!)


Enter by midnight 7th December and the first 3 names out of the hat will be sent a copy each by the author/publisher.

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  1. User: Miriam Smith

    Posted on: 01/12/2019 at 5:30 pm

    I haven’t read any Sri Lankan based books but I do have The Tea Planters Wife and look forward to reading it.


  2. User: Helen jones

    Posted on: 24/11/2019 at 8:46 am

    Loved the Tea Planters wife


  3. User: Reading all over the world

    Posted on: 23/11/2019 at 8:47 pm

    Hello, I must say I don’t think I have read a book set in Sri Lanka before. I had a look at your list and I liked the look of ‘One Thousand Stars and You’ by Isabelle Broom which is based in Sri Lanka. I have reserved it from my local library so I look forward to reading it!


  4. User: Tess P

    Posted on: 23/11/2019 at 5:53 pm

    I picked up The Tea Planter’s Wife at a hotel “library”, which had been well-read by other travellers. Enjoyed it particularly as it isn’t the sort of book I would buy normally, so it was good to try something new.


  5. User: Harriet Steel

    Posted on: 21/11/2019 at 8:42 am

    Growing by Leonard Woolf is an old favourite.


  6. User: Linda Rumsey

    Posted on: 18/11/2019 at 8:08 am

    The Inspector de Silva mysteries are always good fun!


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    • User: tripfiction

      Posted on: 18/11/2019 at 2:03 pm

      Agree! Wonderful series of books 🙂


  7. User: philatel

    Posted on: 17/11/2019 at 10:15 pm

    The Sapphire Widow by the wonderful Dinah Jefferies – I love her books -you learn such a lot about the country each book is set in.


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    • User: tripfiction

      Posted on: 18/11/2019 at 2:01 pm

      Loved it! The Tea Planter’s Wife was also one of my favourites!


  8. User: Daniel Smith

    Posted on: 17/11/2019 at 9:53 pm

    I haven’t read any books set in Sri Lanka but a funny thing happened on the way to the cemetery sounds good.


  9. User: Claire Harris

    Posted on: 17/11/2019 at 7:49 pm

    ‘Reef’ by Romesh Gunesekera!
    I have enjoyed all of his novels!


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    • User: tripfiction

      Posted on: 18/11/2019 at 1:58 pm

      Loved it too! Great book!


  10. User: Rachel Hall

    Posted on: 17/11/2019 at 7:02 pm

    I’m not even going to lie, I have never read a book set in Sri Lanka. The closest I have got is The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy and that is set in India. I not only enjoyed the book but how much I learnt about the country.


  11. User: Leah Tonna

    Posted on: 17/11/2019 at 6:33 pm

    Swimming in the Monsoon Sea.


  12. User: Janine Phillips

    Posted on: 17/11/2019 at 5:56 pm

    Loved Trouble in Nuala.x


    1 Comment

    • User: tripfiction

      Posted on: 18/11/2019 at 1:33 pm

      Such a great book. We read it for our book club 2 years ago. Perfect for location!