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Vintage Books, 2012 - Cricket players - 397 pages
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Where is Pradeep S. Mathew - spin bowler extraordinaire and 'the greatest cricketer to walk the earth'?

Retired sportswriter W. G. Karunasena is dying, and he wants to know.

W.G. will spend his final months drinking arrack, making his wife unhappy, ignoring his son and tracking down the mysterious Pradeep. On his quest he will also uncover a coach with six fingers, a secret bunker below a famous stadium, a Tamil Tiger warlord, and startling truths about Sri Lanka, cricket and himself.

Winner of the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature.

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User Review  - salvadesswaran - LibraryThing

Brilliant. Bloody brilliant. This is one of the best cricket books I've read, up there with Cardus and the likes. More than cricket, brings out the soul of Sri Lankan life. Read full review

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User Review  - kaipakartik - LibraryThing

Enjoyed this book a lot. Hilarious and an unusually melancholic look at cricket. Its filled with booze, loose women and a lot of great insights into the game that make cricket what it is. Read full review

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About the author (2012)

Shehan Karunatilaka has written advertisements, rock songs, travel stories and basslines. Chinaman is his first novel.

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