Brixton Beach

‘Heartfelt and timely’ CHRIS CLEAVE, New York Times bestselling author of Everyone Brave is Forgiven •• When family tragedy strikes, Alice Fonseka, the dreamy, artistic child of a Singhalese mother and Tamil father, leaves the ...

Brixton Beach

Author: Roma Tearne

Publisher: Gallic Books

ISBN: 1910709549


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‘Heartfelt and timely’ CHRIS CLEAVE, New York Times bestselling author of Everyone Brave is Forgiven •• 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.

Sri Lanka Literary Essays Sketches

Brixton Beach: exoticising violence'|< The author of 'Brixton Beach' (HarperCollins, London, 2009), Roma Tearne, née Chrysostom, was born in Sri Lanka in ...

Sri Lanka Literary Essays   Sketches

Author: Charles Sarvan

Publisher: Sterling Publishers Pvt. Ltd

ISBN: 8120790219

Page: 224

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This anthology consists of articles on Sri Lankan literary works written (with a few exceptions) in English. For the benefit of non-Sri Lankan readers, something of the necessary historical, political and cultural background is provided. Broadening into the field of ‘cultural studies’, the volume includes comment on films based on, or relevant to, Sri Lanka. Published over several years (the first in 1989), the articles reflect changes in the Island and, therefore, in the concern of its writers. Section 2, ‘Related articles’, consists of a reading of Conrad’s Heart of Darkness from a Buddhist and Hindu perspective; an examination of the term racism, and a “meditation” on an aspect of the Sri Lankan exile experience. ‘Sketches’, the last section, contains two imaginative pieces and a factual, tsunami-related, incident. Altogether, this anthology will be of use not only to students of the Island’s English-language literature but also to those who have a general interest in Asia and Sri Lanka.


Brixton Beach Park still had its lights open despite the sun hiding from the view, presenting the glittering stars and the shining moon as the darkness ...


Author: Jakeson Eudela

Publisher: Ukiyoto Publishing

ISBN: 9390414741

Page: 128

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The horizon is basically defined as the junction between the heaven and the earth. A border that separates the celestial from the earthly. The line between the sky and the ground. The horizon shows us the different contrasts of life. The high and the low. The divine and the mortal. It shows the totality of life, which is not purely of spirit and of flesh but rather of both. Every short story written in this anthology expresses their own unique identity and flavor, showing the different tapestry of life. Just as how the horizons emphasize the contrasts of nature, this short story anthology tries to demonstrate the diversity not only of genre or setting, but of themes and aspects of human life. The contrasts of the personal and the political, of romance and friendship, of the sacred and the secular. Life is like a collection of short stories. Each page turns into a different dimension and a different setting. No two short stories, just like the real life they represent, are alike.

London for Lovers

C - E. ||- FROM BROCKWELL PARK TO THE BRIXTON ACADEMY Brixton # g ... who head downtowhat is endearingly known as Brixton Beach onasunny Friday evening.

London for Lovers

Author: Sam Hodges

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1448130883

Page: 272

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Forget Paris – London is the city for lovers. London for Lovers navigates the changing face of the Capital, with all of its secrets and surprises, mapping out romantic dates full of originality, spontaneity, and adventure, allowing you to concentrate on the main event – each other. Whether your idea of a blissful date is walking with dinosaurs in Crystal Palace or star-gazing in Greenwich Park, sniffing out the best street eats in Maltby Street or unearthing Gothic romance in Highgate Cemetery - there are ideas here to suit every mood, every season and every budget. There are suggested routes for quiet days of romance in Leafy London - from Hampstead Heath and Kensington Gardens, to Isabella Plantation and St James Park, taking in some secret gardens on the way. Or for the night owls, Late Night London - from the Seven Noses of Soho to the streets of Shoreditch, from Dalston's hippest bars to Exmouth Market's Cafe Kick. And then there's Lost London, Last Minute London, Lazy London and Learned London, as well as Live and Left-field London. For first dates and soul mates, long term Londoners or just visiting, this book freewheels through London to find you a few hours that could change everything.

London on Two Wheels

Brixton Market With around 80 stalls covering Electric Avenue, ... Brixton Beach Officially Stockwell Skatepark, but also known as "Brixton Bowls, ...

London on Two Wheels


Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1473503493

Page: 144

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This charming yet practical pocket guide to cycling in London will treat you to 25 leisure routes across the city, allowing you to get the most out of London and the TFL ‘Bike for Hire’ scheme. With this book you will discover a fresh and healthy alternative to public transport which offers quirky and exciting pedalling routes across the city. With a range of rides taking cyclists through London’s parks, along the River Thames and through much-loved cultural highlights, this book is packed with suggestions to discover the hidden gems of the city from the comfort of your bike. With maps detailing each route, and highlighting landmarks and points of interest along the way, as well as safety tips and fitness information, this is the only handbook casual and regular cyclists will need to make the most out of London.

The White City

Brixton Beach was a TV Book Club Best Read and The Swimmer was longlisted for the Orange Prize in 2011 and Asian Man Booker in 2012.

The White City

Author: Roma Tearne

Publisher: Gallic Books

ISBN: 1910709379

Page: 144

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Hera has known great loss over decades of endless winter. The first snows coincided with the arrest of her brother on terrorism charges, and since then she has witnessed the total collapse of normal life in a devastated London. Her only source of comfort through it all has been her relationship with Raphael. Now, as the thaw begins, can she at last track down her elusive lover? Within this compelling vision of a dystopian near-future, Roma Tearne offers us a moving study of human endurance.

The Richard Judy Book Club Reader

For example, Wan linked the book Brixton Beach to his personal experiences, admitting that it had made him want to go and talk to his father about his ...

The Richard   Judy Book Club Reader

Author: Dr Helen Cousins

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.

ISBN: 1409478904

Page: 224

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In January 2004, daytime television presenters Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan launched their book club and sparked debate about the way people in Britain, from the general reader to publishers to the literati, thought about books and reading. The Richard & Judy Book Club Reader brings together historians of the book, literature scholars, and specialists in media and cultural studies to examine the effect of the club on reading practices and the publishing and promotion of books. Beginning with an analysis of the book club's history and its ongoing development in relation to other reading groups worldwide including Oprah's, the editors consider issues of book marketing and genre. Further chapters explore the effects of the mass-broadcast celebrity book club on society, literature and its marketing, and popular culture. Contributors ask how readers discuss books, judge value and make choices. The collection addresses questions of authorship, authority and canon in texts connected by theme or genre including the postcolonial exotic, disability and representations of the body, food books, and domesticity. In addition, book club author Andrew Smith shares his experiences in a fascinating interview.

Behind Open Doors

... Mysterious Michael A and Brixton Beach)280 suggested that I eat apricot kernels for their Vitamin B17, which he told me is a strong antidote to cancer.

Behind Open Doors



ISBN: 0244702497

Page: 374

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Nigel Lesmoir-Gordon, the Acid Messiah of 101 Cromwell Road: His life and times. 101 has become legendary over the decades, being regarded as the hub of Swinging London, where the Beautiful People went to turn on and tune in. But NOT drop out! With a cast of thousands, including Beatles, Stones, aristocrats and secret agents, this colourful account of a brief moment that changed the world will entertain and enthral. Not only do we learn who took the acid, we also discover how - and why - it came to London in the first place. Conspiracy and control, liberation and love. All human life is here!

The Road to Urbino

A timely lament for the dead and displaced of the Sri Lankan civil war, Roma Tearne's third novel, Brixton Beach, follows four generations of a family ...

The Road to Urbino

Author: Roma Tearne

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1408703939

Page: 240

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A story of obsession, love and art set in Tuscany, Sri Lanka and London. Ras, a Sri Lankan who fled his country as a child following the violent death of his mother and his father's disappearance, has committed a crime. Dogged by his past and unable to come to terms with the killing of his mother, he struggles to make a new life for himself in the UK. Alex has loved Dee since he was 19 but failed to realise that it was a love he wouldn't find again. After Dee's marriage, he too struggles to build a meaningful life for himself. But when Ras' and Alex's lives connect, each man takes a new path culminating for Ras in the theft of a della Franceso painting, while Alex comes ever closer to Dee through tragedy in her life. Beautifully written, with a strong narrative, The Road to Urbino is the story of two very different men and their love for the women in their lives, set against the backdrop of the heartbreaking horrors of the long-running conflict in Sri Lanka.

OCR GCSE English Language Book 1 Developing the skills for Component 01 and Component 02

Read Source text G from the novel Brixton Beach by Roma Tearne which is set in the late 1960s, and then complete the activities below. 1.

OCR GCSE English Language  Book 1  Developing the skills for Component 01 and Component 02

Author: Garrett O'Doherty

Publisher: Oxford University Press - Children

ISBN: 1382014937


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Developed in partnership with OCR, OCR GCSE English Language offers teachers and students a fresh approach to the 2015 OCR GCSE English Language specification. Using a thematic approach, this Student Book combines skills development with exam preparation and supports students of all abilities.

All the Tiny Moments Blazing

She called it Brixton Beach. 'What?' asked Tim, confused. He watched her fixing up the sign she had painted. She seemed uncharacteristically determined.

All the Tiny Moments Blazing

Author: Ged Pope

Publisher: Reaktion Books

ISBN: 178914308X

Page: 480

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The London suburbs have, for more than two hundred and fifty years, fired the creative literary imagination: whether this is Samuel Johnson hiding away in bucolic preindustrial Streatham, Italo Svevo cheering on Charlton Athletic Football Club down at The Valley, or Angela Carter hymning the joyful “wrongness” of living south-of-the-river in Brixton. From Richmond to Rainham, Cockfosters to Croydon, this sweeping literary tour of the thirty-two London Boroughs describes how writers, from the seventeenth century on, have responded to and fictionally reimagined London’s suburbs. It introduces us to the great suburban novels, such as Hanif Kureishi’s Bromley-set The Buddha of Suburbia, Lawrence Durrell’s The Black Book, and Zadie Smith’s NW. It also reveals the lesser-known short stories, diaries, poems, local guides, travelogues, memoirs, and biographies, which together show how these communities have long been closely observed, keenly remembered, and brilliantly imagined.

The Story Life

The girls walk along and make their way to the lido that is Brixton Beach and they don't bother getting changed, they are not here to swim, Elise spent five ...

The Story  Life

Author: Victoria Hislop

Publisher: Head of Zeus

ISBN: 1781857318

Page: 368

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'Life provides infinite shades of light and dark...' Victoria Hislop, bestselling author and champion of the short story, has chosen her favourite short stories by women writers. Here are prizewinners, famous wits, well-known feminists, national treasures and rising stars. All the stories in this volume are about life – happy, sad, mundane and extraordinary – it is captured here in all its rich variety. CONTRIBUTORS: Willa Cather, Virginia Woolf, Ellen Gilchrist, Dorothy Parker, Doris Lessing, Penelope Fitzgerald, Margaret Atwood, Penelope Lively, Anita Desai, Alice Munro, Elspeth Davie, Penelope Fitzgerald, Alice Walker, A. M. Homes, Anne Enright, Elizabeth Jolley, Jane Gardam, Alison Lurie, Nicola Barker, Jennifer Egan, Muriel Spark, Hilary Mantel, A. S. Byatt, Maggie Gee, Ali Smith, A. L. Kennedy, Polly Samson, Helen Simpson and Stella Duffy.

Contemporary Diasporic South Asian Women s Fiction

Brixton Beach (2009) features yet another doomed mixed Sinhala and Tamil couple who flee the increasing hatred and violence towards the Tamil minority in ...

Contemporary Diasporic South Asian Women s Fiction

Author: Ruvani Ranasinha

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137403055

Page: 275

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This book is the first comparative analysis of a new generation of diasporic Anglophone South Asian women novelists including Kiran Desai, Tahmima Anam, Monica Ali, Kamila Shamsie and Jhumpa Lahiri from a feminist perspective. It charts the significant changes these writers have produced in postcolonial and contemporary women’s fiction since the late 1990s. Paying careful attention to the authors’ distinct subcontinental backgrounds of Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka – as well as India - this study destabilises the central place given to fiction focused on India. It broadens the customary focus on diasporic writers’ metropolitan contexts, illuminates how these transnational, female-authored literary texts challenge national assumptions and considers the ways in which this new configuration of transnational, feminist writers produces a postcolonial feminist discourse, which differs from Anglo-American feminism.

Representations of War Migration and Refugeehood

In Brixton Beach, Tearne«s third novel published in 2009, Alice Fonseka is a sculptor livingin London andis tragically caught upinthe bombings of July 7, ...

Representations of War  Migration  and Refugeehood

Author: Daniel H. Rellstab

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134656831

Page: 290

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War, migration, and refugeehood are inextricably linked and the complex nature of all three phenomena offers profound opportunities for representation and misrepresentation. This volume brings together international contributors and practitioners from a wide range of fields, practices, and backgrounds to explore and problematize textual and visual inscriptions of war and migration in the arts, the media, and in academic, public, and political discourses. The essays in this collection address the academic and political interest in representations of the migrant and the refugee, and examine the constructed nature of categories and concepts such as ‘war,’ ‘refuge(e),’ ‘victim,’ ‘border,’ ‘home,’ ‘non-place,’ and ‘dis/location.’ Contributing authors engage with some of the most pressing questions surrounding war, migration, and refugeehood as well as with the ways in which war and its multifarious effects and repercussions in society are being framed, propagated, glorified, or contested. This volume initiates an interdisciplinary debate which re-evaluates the relationship between war, migration, and refugeehood and their representations.

Speaking Politically

Roma Tearne, with lipstick a bright slash of red, reads a passage slowly and decisively from her book Brixton Beach (2009) at an Oxford event on human ...

Speaking Politically

Author: Eleni Philippou

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1000369021

Page: 150

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In this monograph Theodor Adorno’s philosophy engages with postcolonial texts and authors that emerge out of situations of political extremity – apartheid South Africa, war-torn Sri Lanka, Pinochet’s dictatorship, and the Greek military junta. This book is ground-breaking in two key ways: first, it argues that Adorno can speak to texts with which he is not historically associated; and second, it uses Adorno’s theory to unlock the liberatory potential of authors or novels traditionally understood to be "apolitical". While addressing Adorno’s uneven critical response and dissemination in the Anglophone literary world, the book also showcases Adorno’s unique reading of the literary text both in terms of its innate historical content and formal aesthetic attributes. Such a reading refuses to read postcolonial texts exclusively as political documents, a problematic (but changing) tendency within postcolonial studies. In short, the book operates as a two-way conversation asking: "What can Adorno’s concepts give to certain literary texts?" but also reciprocally, "What can those texts give to our conventional understanding of Adorno and his applicability?" This book is an act of rethinking the literary in Adornian terms, and rethinking Adorno through the literary.

The Story

... the Pack Stella Duffy To Brixton Beach About this Book Also by Victoria Hislop About Victoria Hislop An Invitation from the Publisher Copyright Extended ...

The Story

Author: Victoria Hislop

Publisher: Head of Zeus

ISBN: 1781853606

Page: 800

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Witty, heartbreaking, shocking, satirical: the short story can excite or sadden, entice or repulse. The one thing it can never be is dull. Now Victoria Hislop, passionate ambassador for the art of the short story, has collected 100 stories from her favourite women writers into one volume. Here are Man Booker Prize winners and Nobel Laureates, well-known feminists and famous wits, national treasures and rising stars. All handpicked by one of the nation's best-loved novelists, there's a story for every mood, mind-set and moment in life. Featuring an all star cast of authors including Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Angela Carter, Margaret Drabble, Penelope Fitzgerald, Miranda July, Doris Lessing, Katherine Mansfield, Alice Munro, Dorothy Parker and Virginia Woolf, THE STORY is the biggest and most beautiful collectino of women's short fiction in print today.

The Last Pier

ALSO BY ROMA TEARNE Mosquito Bone China Brixton Beach The Swimmer The Road to Urbino Copyright First published in Great Britain by Hesperus Nova, 2015.

The Last Pier

Author: Roma Tearne

Publisher: Gallic Books

ISBN: 191070931X

Page: 328

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Despite the dark clouds of war looming on the horizon, thirteen-year-old Cecily's head is full of first love, ice cream and sibling rivalry. She looks constantly to her impossibly beautiful elder sister, Rose, with a mixture of envy and admiration. Desperately curious about Rose's secrets, and those of all the adults around her, Cecily eavesdrops at every opportunity that summer: with dire consequences. For Cecily's actions one fateful night at the outbreak of the Second World War will ultimately tear her family apart and echo across the generations. It is not until many years later that a grown-up Cecily can return to her childhood home and unravel the remaining family secrets. And finally lay some ghosts to rest.

Walworth Memories

Openedin 1937, itis much loved by those who use it,and is often referred to as 'Brixton Beach' due toits close proximity to that area.

Walworth Memories

Author: Darren Lock

Publisher: Amberley Publishing Limited

ISBN: 1445634570

Page: 96

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For this, the third book in a series on the area of Walworth, we let the people, old and new, speak first-hand about SE17. A few of those you will hear from have long since left Walworth physically, but it is a place they still hold dear to their hearts. Authors Mark Baxter and Darren Lock have collated quotes and, along with the use of social media, have managed to find many who have a tale to tell. Funny, sad, reflective, joyous - many moods are captured in these photographs, many of which have never been printed before. Walworth's strong sense of community is evident in the rich memories recounted in this volume. We hope the following pages also bring back memories for some of you as you read it. SE17 Forever!

2000s The A Decade of Contemporary British Fiction

... Peace Occupied City Kamila Shamsie Burnt Shadows Joe Stretch Wildlife Roma Tearne Brixton Beach Adam Thorpe Hodd Sarah Waters The Little Stranger Irvine ...

2000s  The  A Decade of Contemporary British Fiction

Author: Nick Bentley

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1441175490

Page: 304

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How did social, cultural and political events in Britain during the 2000s shape contemporary British fiction? The means of publishing, buying and reading fiction changed dramatically between 2000 and 2010. This volume explores how the socio-political and economic turns of the decade, bookended by the beginning of a millennium and an economic crisis, transformed the act of writing and reading. Through consideration of, among other things, the treatment of neuroscience, violence, the historical and youth subcultures in recent fiction, the essays in this collection explore the complex and still powerful relation between the novel and the world in which it is written, published and read. This major literary assessment of the fiction of the 2000s covers the work of newer voices such as Monica Ali, Mark Haddon, Tom McCarthy, David Peace and Zadie Smith as well as those more established, such as Salman Rushdie, Hilary Mantel and Ian McEwan making it an essential contribution to reading, defining and understanding the decade.

The Dark Side of the World

Also by this author Mosquito Bone China Brixton Beach The Swimmer The Road to Urbino Copyright Published by Hachette Digital ISBN: 978-1-40551-830-7 The ...

The Dark Side of the World

Author: Roma Tearne

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1405518308

Page: 80

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An elderly refugee couple sit patiently on the train waiting to see their long lost son; a young destitute mother is forced to give up her daughter; a middle-aged Tamil woman sits at her kitchen table, alone in her house in England, waiting for her husband, and a boy leaves Sri Lanka in search of a better life. Weaving together a moving tapestry, these stories depict the fate of the immigrant. From Roma Tearne, bestselling author of The Swimmer and Brixton Beach, come these wonderful stories that speak of the horrors of war, the collective guilt of the survivor, of loss, and of belonging in a place that you don't call home.