Author Profile : Guy Gunaratne is a British journalist, novelist and filmmaker.
Name: Guy Gunaratne
Timeline: 2018 Shortlisted for the Gordon Burn Prize
2018 Shortlisted for the Goldsmiths Prize
2018 Longlisted for the 2018 Man Booker Prize
2018 Longlisted for the Orwell Prize for Political Fiction
2019 First Novel ‘In Our Mad and Furious City)
2019 Won the Author’s Club Best First Novel Award
2019 Won the Jhalak’s Prize, 2019 Won the The Dylan Thomas Prize
Background : Guy Gunaratne is born in 1984 and is aged 36 years. He is divides his time betweeen London and Malmo, Sweden. The author studied at the Brunel University London City, University of London for a degree in Film and Television Study after which he took up the current affairs journalism subject at City, University of London. Gunaratne is currently based in London and Malmo, Sweden.
He set up a film production company with Heidi Lindvall, his girlfriend and fellow student. The film was about subduing of media in Sri Lanka after the end of the Civil War. After attaining success in the film production they both got a chance to work in television. Both lived at various places including Berlin, though based in London and continued to work across many post-conflict areas around the globe.
Before writing ‘In Our Mad and Furious City’ an outstanding and powerful polyphonic novel, he took up a job reporting on post-conflict zones as a video journalist.
Genre: Reporting on post conflict and suppressed zones across the world.
Literary Contributions: In his first novel ‘In Our Mad and Furious City’ Guy Gunaratne deals with questions related to capturing nuances of city life in London and its divided society.
Unique Stylistic Features: Guy Gunaratne examines class, race and murder of Ree Rigby in his debut novel ‘In Our Mad and Furious City’. In the novel he discusses rebellion and giving second thoughts about staying in the United Kingdom.
Five narrators narrate about incidents of riots, in an estate in North London set over 48 hours, after a mosque was burned and murder of a young soldier Lee Rigby and ‘hometown social group member’ in 2013. The five narrators, narrating in first person voices include older immigrants from West Indies and Belfast and also a teenager and a would-be grime artist who are anti Islamic Radicalization.
Guy Gunaratne loves reading books of writers who make him feel brave. For him, writing is one of the most beautiful things to do which no one can give or take away from anyone.