The Weekend Australian - Travel - - Destination Asia - SU­SAN KUROSAWA

A NEW­col­lec­tion of tales by sea­soned trav­ellers (in­clud­ing my­self) is themed around Sri Lanka and cov­ers topics as lively as cricket, surf­ing, en­coun­ters with dis­placed jum­bos at an elephant or­phan­age and stays at prop­er­ties as un­likely as a con­verted tea fac­tory and a lit­tle is­land villa to which guests must wade at low tide. Al­most all pro­ceeds from sales of Snap­shots of Sri Lanka (Vivid Pub­lish­ing, $19.95; e-book, $14.95), edited by Bris­bane-based Lee Mylne, go to build­ing ma­te­ri­als and equip­ment for Sa­madhi Grove, an early child­hood devel­op­ment cen­tre for about 30 chil­dren in the vil­lage of Smagipura in the coun­try’s south. Con­trib­u­tors in­clude Mel­bourne restau­ra­teur Shanaka Fer­nando, whose new au­to­bi­og­ra­phy has the pleas­ing ti­tle of Len­til As Any­thing. More: vivid­pub­lish­ing.com.au/sri­lanka.

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