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Title: Education In Sri Lanka

Author: Dayanath Jayasuriya

This is a collection of essays by the late professor J E Jayasuriya and by those who delivered the annual J E Jayasuriya Memorial Lectures from 1991 to 2018. These cover many fascinating aspects of the evolution of the country’s educational system and the underlining dynamics. This collection was edited by Dr Dayanath Jayasuriya, President’s Counsel, who Served as a consultant to the UNESCO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific In Bangkok from 1990-1993.

Rs 2000
Available at Vijitha Yapa Bookshop

 


Title: The Child Finder Author: Rene Denfeld

Naomi Cottle finds missing children. When the police have given up their search and an investigation stalls, families call her. She possesses a rare, intuitive sense, born out of her own experience that allows her to succeed when others have failed. Young Madison Culver has been missing for three years. She vanished on a family trip to the mountainous forests of Oregon, where they'd gone to cut down a tree for Christmas. Soon after she disappeared, blizzards swept the region and the authorities presumed she died from exposure. But Naomi knows that Madison isn't dead. As she relentlessly pursues the truth behind Madison's disappearance, shards of a dark dream pierce defences that have protected her for so long. If she finds this child, will Naomi ultimately unlock the secrets of her own life?

 

Rs 2395
Available at Sarasavi Bookshop

 


Title: The World Of Ice & Fire

Author: George R R Martin

 

This lavishly illustrated volume is a comprehensive history of the Seven Kingdoms, providing vividly constructed accounts of the epic battles, bitter rivalries, and daring rebellions that lead to the events of A Song of Ice and Fire and HBO’s Game of Thrones. In a collaboration that’s been years in the making, Martin has teamed with Elio M. García, Jr., and Linda Antonsson, the founders of the renowned fan site Westeros.org—perhaps the only people who know this world almost as well as its visionary creator.

 

Rs 3850
Available at Sarasavi Bookshop

 


Title: Monologues, Soliloquies, Ruminations

Author: Jean Arasanayagam

Old texts as well as new ones, all about women, have been included. Already on the first page, we find an appalling poem about an anonymous woman helplessly searching for her daughter’s beloved among two hundred dead men, "young, old, turning face after face / to the light"... Otherwise, this is the only time that the writer explicitly alludes to the bloody conflicts in her native country Sri Lanka. Many poems, however, deal with a precariousness that might not be quite as abysmal but nevertheless deep enough: poverty, ageing and change.

Rs 450
Available at Godage Bookshop

 


Title: Grammar Through Literature

Author: Madhubhashini Disanayaka Ratnayake

A self-study course for Sri Lankan students to improve their grammar and writing while appreciating literature. This is also useful for teachers who would like to improve their knowledge of grammar. The teaching of grammar to the ESL learners had been explicit rule-based decontextualized constructions in the past. The teacher used grammar-translation method for teaching the English language, which in no way helped students to learn implicit rules of grammar. The learners used to excel grammar tests, which were rule-based decontextualized test but failed miserably when they were asked to write compositions in error-free language. They were unable to express themselves in written English.

 

Rs 600
Available at Godage Bookshop

 


Title: Practical English Usage

Author: Michael Swan

This unique reference guide addresses problem points in the language as encountered by learners and their teachers. It gives information and advice that is practical, clear, reliable, and easy to find. Most of the book is about grammar, but it also covers selected points of vocabulary, idioms, style, pronunciation, and spelling.

 

Rs 1306
Available at MD Gunasena Bookshop

 


Title: Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus

Author: John Gray

 

Once upon a time Martians and Venusians met, fell in love, and had happy relationships together because they respected and accepted their differences. Then they came to Earth and amnesia set in: they forgot they were from different planets.

Based on years of successful counselling of couples and individuals, Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus has helped millions of couples transform their relationships. Now viewed as a modern classic, this phenomenal book has helped men and women realize how different they really are and how to communicate their needs in such a way that conflict doesn't arise and intimacy is given every chance to grow!!!!

 

Rs 1050
Available at MD Gunasena  Bookshop

 


Title: Rapture (Fallen #4)

Author: Lauren Kate The sky is dark with wings . . .

And time is running out for Luce and Daniel. In order to stop Lucifer from erasing the past, they must find the place where the Fall began. Only Luce can break the curse, and it is her choice alone that will decide all of their fates. But as Dark Forces gather, great sacrifices will have to be made in this final, epic struggle...

In the fight for Luce, and for Love, who will win? The astonishing climax to the Fallen series. Heaven can't wait any longer.

 

Rs 575
Available at  Makeen Bookshop

 


Title: Secret Princesses Ballet Dream

Author: Rosie Banks

 

Secret Princesses is a gorgeous new series about magical princesses and best friends. In this winter special there are two stories for even more magical fun! Trainee Secret Princesses, Charlotte and Mia, are excited about Christmas celebrations at the magical Wishing Star Palace. But evil Princess Poison is determined to spoil everyone's festive fun.

Can Charlotte and Mia grant the wishes of two best friends and make sure that their Christmas dreams come true? Join Charlotte and Mia in this brilliant adventure full of princess sparkle and seasonal excitement!

 

Rs 480
Available at Makeen Bookshop

 


Title: Anatomy Of A Scandal

Author: Sarah Vaughan

 

Anatomy of A Scandal centres on a high-profile marriage that begins to unravel when the husband is accused of a terrible crime. Sophie is sure her husband, James, is innocent and desperately hopes to protect her precious family from the lies which might ruin them. Kate is the barrister who will prosecute the case – she is equally certain that James is guilty and determined he will pay for his crimes.

A high-profile marriage thrust into the spotlight. A wife, determined to keep her family safe, must face a prosecutor who believes justice has been a long time coming. A scandal that will rock Westminster. And the women caught at the heart of it.

 

Rs 1560

Available at Sarasavi Bookshop

 


Title: Elmet

Author: Fiona Mozley

‘Pastoral idyll, political exposé, cosy family saga and horror tale, it reads like a traditional children's story that turns into a gangster film: Hansel and Gretel meets The Godfather' Sunday Times

Daniel is heading north. He is looking for someone. The simplicity of his early life with Daddy and Cathy has turned menacing and fearful. They lived apart in the house that Daddy built for them in the woods with his bare hands. They foraged and hunted.

Cathy was more like their father: fierce and full of simmering anger. Daniel was more like their mother: gentle and kind. Sometimes, their father disappeared and would return with a rage in his eyes. But when he was at home, he was at peace. He told them that the little corpse in Elmet was theirs alone. But that wasn't true. Local men, greedy and watchful, began to circle like vultures. All the while, the terrible violence in Daddy grew.

Brutal and beautiful in equal measure, Elmet is a compelling portrayal of a family living on the fringes of contemporary society, as well as a gripping exploration of the disturbing actions people are capable of when pushed to their limits.

 

Rs 1080

Available at  Vijitha Yapa  Bookshop

 


Title: End Game

Author: David Baldacci

 

End Game is the fifth book in the thrilling Will Robie series by the international number one bestselling author David Baldacci. Will Robie, highly trained assassin and the US government’s most indispensable asset, is called to London.

An imminent terrorist attack threatens the Underground and with the US next in line, Robie is the perfect choice to stop it before it begins.

He knows he has one chance to succeed. One chance to save London. One chance to make it safely home to find out what has happened to fellow agent Jessica Reel following their last deadly mission together. But Robie is about to learn that even if he succeeds, the worst is yet to come.

The game has started. Now only he can end it . . .

 

Rs 840

Available at  Vijitha Yapa Bookshop

 


Title: Fifty Fifty

Author: James Patterson

Sam Blue stands accused of the brutal murders of three young students, their bodies dumped near the Georges River. Only one person believes he is innocent: his sister, Detective Harriet Blue. And she’s determined to prove it.

Except she’s now been banished to the outback town of Last Chance Valley (population 75), where a diary found on the roadside outlines a shocking plan – the massacre of the entire town. And the first death, shortly after Harry’s arrival, suggests the clock is already ticking.

Meanwhile, back in Sydney, a young woman holds the key to crack Sam’s case wide open.

If only she could escape the madman holding her hostage . . .

 

Rs 920

Available at Vijitha Yapa Bookshop

 


Title: Finding Gobi

Author: Adam Blade

Like A Streecat Named Bob before it, Finding Gobi is a truly heart-warming story for animal lovers worldwide…

In 2016, Dion Leonard, a seasoned ultra marathon runner, unexpectedly stumbled across a little stray dog while competing in a gruelling 155-mile race across the Gobi Desert. The lovable pup, who earned the name ‘Gobi’, proved that what she lacked in size, she more than made up for in heart, as she went step for step with Dion over the treacherous Tian Shan Mountains, managing to keep pace with him for nearly 80 miles.

As Dion witnessed the incredible determination of this small animal, he felt something change within himself. In the past, he had always focused on winning and being the best, but his goal now was simply to make sure that his new friend was safe, nourished and hydrated. Although Dion did not finish first, he felt he had won something far greater and promised to bring Gobi back to the UK for good to become a new addition to his family. This was the start of a journey neither of them would ever forget with a roller coaster ride of drama, grief, heartbreak, joy and love that changed their lives forever.

Finding Gobi is the ultimate story of hope, of resilience and of friendship, proving once again, that dogs really are ‘man’s best friend.’

 

Rs 1150

Available at  Vijitha Yapa Bookshop

 


Title: Accidental Heroes

Author: Danielle Steel

 

On a beautiful May morning at New York’s John F. Kennedy airport, two planes have just departed for San Francisco—one a 757, another smaller Airbus A321. At a security checkpoint, TSA agent Bernice Adams finds a postcard of the Golden Gate Bridge bearing an ambiguous—perhaps ominous—message. Her supervisor dismisses her concerns, but Bernice calls security and soon Ben Waterman arrives. A senior Homeland Security agent, still grappling with guilt after a disastrous operation in which hostages were killed, Ben too becomes suspicious. Who left the postcard behind, which flight is that person on, and what exactly does the message mean?

 

Rs 1275

Available at  Sarasavi Bookshop

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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