Author: Christine Spittel Wilson
Publisher: Sooriya Publisher
Revised Edition 2001
Christine Wilson, encouraged by her surgeon father, started writing imaginative stories when she was six. Educated at Bishop’s College, Colombo, and at Roedean, she returned home to write more short stories.
During the war she married Alistair Wilson, a Scottish major in the army, who was later to work for many years in Sri Lanka. Going with him to his native Glasgow, Scotland, she studied authorship under Edward Scouller, a notable teacher of creative of creative writing.
Returning with her husband to Lanka, she began to write seriously. Her first book,The Bitter Berry, about the coffee and tea pioneers, was followed by The Mountain Road, I am the Wings; then The Fortress and the Gulf written with her father, R.L. Spittel; a commissioned book on Eastern Cooking, and several others for schools. Between books she wrote on wildlife, travel, history, radio scripts and plays.
Her interests cover painting travel, wildlife conservation, photography, art and the social anthropology of the Veddas of Lanka. It is about them, and her father who lovingly re-discovered them, that this book is written.
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