Ashok Ferrey

Ashok Ferrey’s first collection of short stories, Colpetty People was shortlisted for the Gratiaen Prize, Sri Lanka’s premier literary award. It remains the top-selling book in English by a local author writing in Sri Lanka till date. His second collection, The Good Little Ceylonese Girl was also shortlisted for the same prize. Serendipity, his third book, was shortlisted for the State Literary Awards. Ashok is a guest lecturer at the Colombo School of Architecture and the host of his own TV show, The Ashok Ferrey Show, an arts programme on national television.

 

Serendipity by Ashok Ferrey

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Category: Fiction
Publisher: Penguin Random House India
Rights: World rights available (excluding Indian subcontinent)

Piyumi Segarajasingham is a young barrister in eighties London, half Tamil and half Sinhalese, and newly responsible for her family’s share of an inheritance in Sri Lanka. The servants’ quarters of a house called Serendipity in Colombo’s colonial quarter, Cinnamon Gardens, is now her charge—she wants to keep it, her relatives are keen to sell. So begins Piyumi’s journey home, full of a host of memorable characters and the hilarious happenstance of daily life in Colombo. Through all of this, she is haunted by the memory of a stranger she met back in London—will they ever get together?

Set in a more innocent time—Sri Lanka’s civil war has only just begun—Serendipity is satire, thriller and comedy of manners all in one, told with Ferrey’s trademark wit.

 

Colpetty People by Ashok Ferrey

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Category: Fiction
Publisher: Penguin Random House India
Rights: World rights available (excluding Indian subcontinent)

In his extraordinary first book, Ashok Ferry chronicles, in a gently probing voice, the journeys of his questing characters. His tales of social-climbing Sri Lankans, of the pathos of immigration, of rich people with poor taste, of ice-cream karma, of innocent love, eternity, and more take us into the worlds of Colombo’s nouveau riche, hoity-toity returnees, old-fashioned aristocrats, and the poor mortals trapped between all of them. Absurd, sad, scathing and generous, but mostly wickedly funny, Colpetty People presents modern Sri Lankans as they navigate worlds between Ceylon and the West.

 

The Professional by Ashok Ferrey

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Category: Fiction
Publisher: Penguin Random House India
Rights: World rights available (excluding Indian subcontinent)

It is a universally acknowledged truth that an immigrant in England must be in want of a visa. In 1980s London, young Sri Lankan Chamath, recently down from Oxford with a degree in Maths, struggles to reconcile himself to the workplace. When his father writes to him to say, ‘You’re on your own now, mate’, assuming that the magic word ‘Oxford’ will open any door, he realizes that push must now come to shove. Soon, Chamath gets dragged below the invisible grid that exists in any big city, into a blue-grey twilight world of illegals. Hired as a male escort, a ‘professional’, a career at which he excels to his great surprise, he finds an unlikely means of making his way through the world. Then, two former clients—an older couple—decide to rescue him—with disastrous consequences. Masterfully and hilariously told, The Professional is a sage, canny exploration of love and life.

 

The Good Little Ceylonese Girl by Ashok Ferrey

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Category: Fiction
Publisher: Penguin Random House India
Rights: World rights available (excluding Indian subcontinent)

Our Sri Lankan narrator visits his friend Joe in Italy, where Joe attends a special course—in higher (or, shall we say, lower) studies in women. Italians—much like Sri Lankans—live at home through marriage, death, and sometimes even beyond the pale. An accompanying string of fake fiancés and phoney engagements are the backdrop to this delightful collection of darkly humorous tales. Colombo’s Father Cruz attempts to rescue a church from parishioners who like to put their donations where others can see them—on large plaques; on the coast, a retired Admiral escapes the tsunami on an antique Dutch cabinet; two childhood sweethearts are married off to strangers. Ashok Ferrey writes about Sri Lanka and its people, wherever they roam, with remarkable acuity.