In my studio in the mountains, Spain 2018. Photo: Maxi Kohan

I was born in Colombo, Sri Lanka and later moved to live in London. I currently live in the mountains of southern Spain.

I studied Chemistry then Law at Bristol University, and Fine Art at Central St Martins. I’ve been a terrible trainee solicitor, a very bored editor of law books and a blissfully contented bookseller, writing and making art along the way.

My novella LANTERN EVENING won the Gatehouse Press New Fictions Prize 2016 and was published by Gatehouse Press.

My novel BEAUTIFUL PLACE is published by Salt Publishing in the UK and Pan MacMillan India in South Asia.

My short stories have been published and broadcast on BBC Radio 4. My story RED SARI is published in the textbook Context 1 and taught in schools in Sweden. My story IN THE MOUNTAINS is published in BEST BRITISH SHORT STORIES 2020.

2 thoughts on “About

  1. Hi Amanthi, we recently communicated regarding my ‘Escape to the Write Place’ writing retreats in the Alpujarra. Unfortunately, i forgot to copy your email address when i left my place of work and now have no way of contacting you. Could you email me back?


    Marcus Dalrymple

  2. Hi Amanthi –

    My name is David Miles and I will be the announcer introducing your lovely short story Into the Mountains on BBC Radio 4 Extra on Monday 5th June.

    I would just like to check that the pronunciation of your name is as it looks;

    uh – MAN – thee (where th is as in thistle)

    I’m sure it is – but it’s always wise to check. I also mention that you are living in the mountains of southern Spain, which I assume is still the case?

    All the best


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