Author : Anne Abayasekara
Publisher : Bay Owl Press
First Edition 2018
“ Let us try to act like intelligent and educated people and, instead of sowing seeds of mistrust and division, let’s try to build bridges of friendship that will unite all of us, whatever race or religion we profess, so that together, as Sri Lankans, we can build a better tomorrow in this beloved land of ours’’
(From A Sri Lankan nation- can we make it a reality? Ann Abayasekera – Lanka Women 10 October 2001)
As the first female Sri Lankan staff journalist, Anne Abayasekara started her career in 1947. In the highly productive decades that followed, she wrote on a variety of themes. Many readers may have associated her with a particular theme, not knowing of the diversity of her writing.
Her book Hurrah! For Large Families (2005) featured family life.
This book, Telling It Like It Is – Selected Writings of Anne Abayasekara ( Volume 1), covers the themes of the changing role of women, love of motherland, and family & home life. It also includes a section on how others viewed her. The book is bound to captivate readers – those acquainted with her writing or have no knowledge of it, stirring their hearts and minds. Even when they find her words controversial, it will make readers reappraise their thoughts. Her direct writing style will engage and challenge.
She always managed to marshal her material and then produce a coherent, beautiful pattern, an expression of simple but vibrant language.
Siri Ranawake, January 2015
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