Reef – Draft Manuscript

Series nameReef
Description

These two A4 pages form an extract of a draft manuscript of Gunesekera’s novel ‘Reef’. Written in August 1993, the manuscript pages are the first two published pages of the novel. The manuscript also contains Gunesekera’s handwritten amendments to his script.

Date of Creation / Publication1993
CreatorGunesekera, Romesh;
Associated Person/ Organisation
LocationLondon
Collection and Reference NumberRomesh Gunesekera Collection (GB 2661 RG)
Catalogue NumberRG/SN/RF/5
CopyrightThe Creator and/ or the associated
Access to originalsThe originals are located with Romesh Gunesekera
Series notesRomesh Gunesekera's Reef is a love story set in Sri Lanka. It is told by an eleven year old Triton, who goes to work as a houseboy to Mister Salgado. This second novel by Gunesekera was short listed for both the Booker Prize and the Guardian Fiction Prize in 1994, and was the winner of the Yorkshire Post Best First Work. In 1997, it was awarded a Premio Mondello in Italy. Digitised material in this file includes an extract of the novel, notes pertaining to research conducted by the author, and a draft manuscript.


Collection notesThe Romesh Gunesekera Collection contains digital extracts of his short stories and novels, as well as several poems. The material also includes photographs, handwritten detailed research notes, and annotated manuscripts.
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