In addition to publishing numerous papers and articles in the academic press, I have written a novel based on the true story of my life in Sri Lanka, and published by the new imprint Akash Books. A Sacred Passion is available for purchase as a Kindle or paperback from Amazon worldwide. Click on the image on the left to read more.
A Sacred Passion is based on a controversial story about love, Buddhism, caste and magic, set in the Kandyan temple culture of Sri Lanka. A love affair between Joy, a British psychologist and Namal, a temple musician, transforms Joy's spiritual idealism into wisdom via a roller-coaster of romance, trauma and betrayal. Joy's love affair evolves against a backdrop of indigenous magic, caste politics and Buddhist nationalism. She encounters layers of political and religious intrigue inside the temples, and indigenous sorcery and shamanism outside that aims to destroy her affair, which is viewed as scandalous by the religious orthodoxy. Cursed, conned and betrayed, Joy turns to the support of her trusted friend Anoma, a low caste woman previously working as her housekeeper, in her quest to challenge the cultural chauvinism that is destroying her relationship. Joy and Anoma’s friendship becomes a source of sisterly support in a psychologically dangerous environment; an oasis of affection, warmth and humour that crosses many cultural divides.