Born in 1954 in Sri Lanka and lives now in London. He has been a writer-in-residence in Copenhagen, Singapore Hong Kong, Philippines and Southampton.
His first novel, Reef, was published in 1994, was short-listed as a finalist for the Booker Prize, as well as for the Guardian Fiction Prize. In the USA he was nominated for a New Voice Award.
His books Monkfish Moon (1992), The Sandglass were shortlisted for several prizes, such as the BBC Asia Award for Achievement in Writing & Literature, the Premio Mondello Five Continents and in 1995 he won the Yorkshire Post Best First Work Award in Britain. His poetry has also received prizes and been anthologised along with poems for children. Reef and many of his stories have been broadcast on BBC as well as other national radio.