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15th May 2018


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15th May 2018



Brixton Beach

Author Roma Tearne


Tragedy and injustice can be physically left behind, but the past is never far away …

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When family tragedy strikes, Alice Fonseka, the dreamy, artistic child of a Singhalese mother and Tamil father, leaves the beautiful island of Sri Lanka. Unable to bear the injustice of what has happened, her family heads for England. There, in a totally foreign environment, Alice builds a life for herself and finds outlets for her art. But she remains restless, haunted by memories of the past, and, even in London, the threat of violence is never far away.

‘Hope, love and history collide with an unsparing force that resonates into the contemporary world.’ The New York Times
‘Tearne is a vividly sensitive writer who spares her readers unnecessary sentiment and hones in on raw emotions just below the surface’ The Independent 
‘Richly characterised and deeply moving’ Daily Mail
‘In Brixton Beach, Roma Tearne skillfully navigates the political and social waters of a tumultuous history.’ World Literature Today
‘Roma Tearne, herself of Singhalese-Tamil parentage, has penned this novel, her third, in her usual lyrical style.’ Historical Novel Society
‘Tearne succeeds masterfully at portraying the difficulties of a romantic relationship between a white Briton and Sri Lankan immigrant (…) Her insight into the psychology of such relationships is one of the most ingenious literary achievements offered by this book.’ Pop Matters
An exquisite writer and captivating storyteller’ Aminatta Forna, author of The Memory of Love
‘Tearne’s layered novel is fresh and relevant’ Library Journal
‘[Tearne] gives the Tamil diaspora a recognizable face in this plainly told yet engaging tale’ New York Times
‘Beautifully crafted … Tearne captures the desperation, fear and hope of love during wartime’ Publishers Weekly
‘Offers a moving May-December love story set against a conflict in which the warring parties ultimately become Violence and Art. Wholly satisfying.’ Kirkus Reviews
‘In her moody, painterly depiction of the encounter turned love affair between a Sri Lankan novelist and his neighbor’s daughter, Tearne links her love story to national politics with a vengeance.’ NPR, All Things Considered
‘Heartfelt and timely’ Chris Cleave, New York Times bestselling author of Everyone Brave is Forgiven
Bonus Material
Reading Group Guide
Brixton Beach in The New York Times
Historical Novels Review
World Literature Today Nota Benes


Roma Tearne

Meet the author

Roma Tearne is a Sri Lankan-born, Oxford-based artist, film-maker and writer. She trained as a painter, completing her MA at the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, Oxford. Her debut novel, Mosquito, was shortlisted for the 2007 Costa Book Awards First Novel prize. The Swimmer was longlisted for…

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