Published Jan 2010
Homesick is a composite novel: a series of seventeen short stories expertly interwoven to tell the story of a community of Sri Lankan immigrants carving out new lives in a sometimes hostile Britain. The stories are about individuals: alcoholic Kumar, dyslexic Preethi, Mr Basit, sisters Lolly and Deidre, aged Dorothy.
Individually they struggle with issues of abuse, love, death, cultural identity and change. Collectively they illustrate the need for community in a vibrant, but fractured society.
In this ambitious novel Roshi Fernando ultimately asks awkward questions about the political and social status of immigrants in the UK.
Winner of the Impress Prize for New Writers 2009.
Shortlisted for The Sunday Times Short Story Award 2011.
Longlisted for The Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award 2011.
Roshi Fernando is a virtuoso writer, whose work is distinguised by unique flair, a powerful style and disciplined artistic intelligence.