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Roma Tearne - Author

Roma Tearne is a Sri Lankan born novelist and film maker living in the UK. She left Sri Lanka with her family, at the start of the civil unrest during the 1960s. She trained as a painter & filmmaker at the Ruskin School of Fine Art, Oxford and then was Leverhulme artist in residence at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford. Subsequently she was awarded an AHRC Fellowship and worked for three years in museums around Europe on a project accessing narrative within the collections.

She has written six novels. Her fifth, The Road To Urbino was published by Little Brown in June 2012 to coincide with the premier of her film of that name at the National Gallery in London. She has been short-listed for the Costa, the Kirimaya & LA Times book prize and long-listed for the Orange Prize in 2011 and, in 2012, the Asian Man Booker. Her sixth novel, The Last Pier, will be out in April 2015 from Hesperus Press.

Author photo © Alistair Tearne

If you like Roma Tearne you might also like to read books by Andrea Levy, Janice Y K Lee and Margaret Forster.

Featured Books, with extracts, by Roma Tearne

The Last Pier by Roma Tearne
Reader Reviewed The Last Pier
Roma Tearne
The Second World War looms and young, curious Cecily desperately wants to know her 16-year old sister’s secret. But there is a lot more she wants to know too. Why is her mother’s sister, Kitty, always staying on their...
Format: Paperback - Released: 10/04/2015
The Swimmer by Roma Tearne
The Swimmer
Roma Tearne
One of the 20 Longlisted titles for the Orange Prize for Fiction 2011. October 2010 Book of the Month. A tale of romance and Sri Lankan politics from the author of...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/09/2010
Brixton Beach by Roma Tearne
Brixton Beach
Roma Tearne
Featured on The TV Book Club on More4 on 28 February 2010. Beginning with the July 2005 London bombings this fascinating and enthralling novel draws you in from the start. In the midst of the panic unravelling in...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/01/2010
Mosquito by Roma Tearne
Roma Tearne
Shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award 2007.Costa Book Awards 2007 Judges' comment: "A compelling story set in war torn Sri Lanka - poignant, exquisitely told and a captivating view of unusual love and survival."
Format: Hardback - Released: 05/03/2007

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