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Sri Lanka

Paradise Lost; Paradise Regained

This illustrated volume is a colorful description of the island of Sri Lanka, including its geography, its people, and their cultures and customs. In it, Michael Naseby provides an eye-opening look at the political landscape of Sri Lanka over the last fifty years, including an in-depth and highly personal perspective on the thirty-year civil war against the Tamil Tigers.

Naseby’s first visit to the island was in 1963 to handle a crisis in Colombo. Over the course of more than twenty visits to the island since, Naseby has been an official observer at a number of presidential and general elections, witnessed the opening of the Victoria Dam as an official guest, supported the Sri Lankan government and people through a near-thirty year civil war, and played a key role in the UK’s aid response to the devastating tsunami of 2004. Indeed, a year later, the president of Sri Lanka presented Naseby with the nation’s highest honor for non-nationals: the Sri Lanka Rathna, awarded for “exceptional and outstanding service to the nation.”

This book is a powerful memoir that chronicles fifty years of enduring friendship between a British politician and the people of Sri Lanka. The author’s recollections offer commentary on the political landscape of a nation ravaged by civil war and explores its relationships with the western world.

224 pages | 6 1/4 x 9 1/4

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“Both a comprehensive survey of the cultural, political, military, and social landscape of the country and a highly personal account of Naseby’s experience. I would urge anyone thinking of visiting Sri Lanka to take this book as a travelling companion; but more widely, anyone with an interest in the Indian sub-continent will greatly enjoy the read."

Jonathon Riley, author of Ghosts of Old Companions

"Naseby has been a long-standing friend to Sri Lanka. Having worked there in the 1960s and been a regular visitor and advocate of this complicated and magical island ever since, few understand the country as he does and it is wonderfully captured in this book."

Rt. Hon Lord Jonathan Peter Marland

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