Sri Lankan author Shehan Karunatilaka won the prestigious Booker Prize 2022 in October for his second novel, The Seven Moons of Maali Almeida. His first book, Chinaman: The Legend of Pradeep Mathew was self-published in 2010. He is the second Sri Lankan author to win the Booker. The novel is a political thriller that revolves around a dead war photographer who needs to make peace with the fact that he possesses incriminating photographs of the atrocities of the Sri Lankan civil war, which should have been made public.
His previous work, Chinaman: The Legend of Pradeep Mathew won Karunatilaka the Commonwealth Book Prize, the DSL and the Gratiaen Prize. Here, he speaks about the slew of changes the Booker Prize win has brought into his life and how he hopes to keep writing.