Set around the Villa Hibiscus guest house on the southern coast of Sri Lanka, it Beautiful Place features a global cast of characters who are all in some way searching for identity, family and a place to belong. It’s something of a quiet epic, a lengthy novel to relax into, but with a seismic event that forces everyone to reassess their loyalties and what a better life might mean…. Harris has a keen eye for a sense of place… the mood and emotion are compelling.
Ben East, The Observer
Amanthi Harris has written an engaging novel, incensed at times by the darker shadows that loom on an atmospheric coastal haven.’
Read an extract here in Elsewhere Journal.
From the website of David Godwin Associates:
Centred upon the Villa Hibiscus, a guesthouse in the beautiful southern coast of Sri Lanka, the “expansive and multi-layered debut”, Beautiful Place, traces the life of Padma, her stepfather, Gerhardt, and the lives of the many guests coming to stay, each seeking a better life and independence, free of oppression and misrepresentation.
Jennifer Hamilton-Emery, director of Salt, acquired world rights to Beautiful Place (excluding India) from Philippa Sitters here at DGA.
Harris was born in Sri Lanka and now lives in London. Hamilton-Emery said: “This passionate story, perfectly captures the tropical beauty of Sri Lanka, using a deep sense of place to contrast with and inform an extraordinary range of lives, each seeking something new, something free, something true. I’m thrilled to be publishing this gorgeous novel, everyone will identify with Padma on her journey to become the woman she yearns to be.”