Booker Winning Author Shehan Karunatilaka Shares the Books That Inspired The Seven Moons of Maali AlmeidaBy Sort of Books
This is list of books that inspired me while I wrote The Seven Moons of Maali Almeida. All are highly recommended, even for readers who aren’t writing satirical mysteries about murdered journalists.
Shehan Karunatilaka£16.99 £16.14
Mohammed Hanif£9.99 £9.49
The gold standard for South Asian political novels and the benchmark for satirical fiction from anywhere. Works on many levels and rewards many re-reads.
Romesh Gunesekera£8.99 £8.54
There are many brilliant books on the Sri Lankan tragedy, but this is by far my favourite. The first fiction to engage with the end of the war, it has a subtlety and nuance to both its characters and its commentary, that ensure the text remains timely even a decade later.
Manuel Puig£9.99 £9.49
Maali Almeida, my closeted queen narrator owes much to many iconic gay literary characters, but none more so than the romantic Luis Molina in this revolutionary classic.
Jhumpa Lahiri£9.99 £9.49
You know you’ll never write people, relationships, the heart and the soul as well as her, but you still keep trying.
Neil Gaiman and Sam Kieth£16.99 £16.14
If you’re world-building an afterlife, Gaiman’s dreamscape and its strange creatures can be a constant source of ideas, inspiration and pleasure.
David Eagleman£9.99 £9.49
40 tales or takes on the afterlife. Easily my most gifted book. It should be made compulsory in schools for its poetry, wisdom and mind-altering ideas.
Carrie Fisher£8.99 £8.54
I wish that Carrie Fisher had written more and snorted less. Belies misguided notions that women aren’t hilarious and biographies have to be formulaic.
Kurt Vonnegut£8.99 £8.54
A million-year-old ghost narrates the demise of the human race with compassion and wit. Vonnegut blames the whole mess on our big brains and it breaks the author’s great big heart.