About

A room without books is like a body without a soul – Cicero

Hello there, this is the blog of the Perera Hussein Publishing House, which was established by Sam Perera and Ameena Hussein in December 2003 in Colombo, Sri Lanka. The main aim of the publishing house is to encourage Sri Lankan authors who will inspire, provoke and entertain.

Riding the crest of the new wave of high quality South Asian literature, our authors have gone on to win awards and be nominated for international prizes.

So visit this page frequently, leave comments on what you would like Sri Lankan fiction to grow into, review our books and most of all keep on reading – what, whenever, whom – it really doesn’t matter.

Just read!

Sam & Ameena in 2021

5 thoughts on “About”

  1. perfect choice for a goodbye gift when close friends leave Sri Lanka !… or to those who have spent some time here and have enjoyed the madness along with us

  2. So glad I found you! well done. Love that you’re promoting Sri Lankan authors. I’ve just got copies of Ru Freeman’s ‘On Sal Mal Lane and Nayomi Munaweera’s ‘Island of a Thousand Mirrors.’
    Will review them both.

  3. Please could you investigate and do a piece on why books are so expensive in Sri Lanka as compared to India even though SL bookshops can freely import from India and take advantage of their local printing of international books as? Profiteering seem to be killing the industry which is controlled by a few and hasn’t grown at all in so many years. While lower prices have helped expand the market hugely in India and Pakistan, bookshops in SL seem to be working only for their own interests. The SL currency is weaker than India’s yet an average reader is ask to shell out at least more than double of what an Indian reader would pay. Selling Indian editions with Indian rupee prices printed on them means that the customer can calculate the extent of mark up of prices in SL rupee whereas the same price charged on a books imported from UK/US with Pound/dollar price printed on it makes readers believe they are getting a good deal. Of course there are margins to be made but who’s going to worry about the SL readers? Shouldn’t they have as much access to book as readers from the rest of the subcontinent?

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