Chinaman: The Legend of Pradeep Mathew

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Jonathan Cape, 2011 - Cricket - 397 pages
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Retired sportswriter WG Karunasena is dying. He will spend his final months drinking arrack, making his wife unhappy, ignoring his son and tracking down Pradeep S. Mathew, a spin bowler who has mysteriously disappeared and who WG considers 'the greatest cricketer to walk the earth'.

On his quest to find this unsung genius, WG uncovers 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.

Ambitious, playful and strikingly original, Chinaman is a novel about cricket and Sri Lanka - and the story of modern day Sri Lanka through its most cherished sport. Hailed by the Gratiaen Prize judges as 'one of the most imaginative works of contemporary Sri Lankan fiction', it is an astounding book.

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User Review  - Carl - Goodreads

Enjoyable read. Even if you're not into cricket the writing is witty and I laughed out loud a couple of times. Great characters. Would advise that you don;t bother trying to decipher the Sri Lankan names! Also emotional in parts. Almost scored it a 4......almost. Read full review

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About the author (2011)

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

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