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Carl Muller

Carl Muller (born 22 October 1935) is a Sri Lankan writer, poet and journalist best known for his trilogy about Burghers in Sri Lanka: The Jam Fruit TreeYakada Yaka and Once Upon A Tender Time. He has won Gratiaen Awards for The Jam Fruit Tree in 1993  and a State Literary Award for his historical novel, Children of the Lion.


Muller was born in Kandy, the eldest in a family of thirteen. Dismissed from three schools, Muller was finally educated at Prestigious Royal College, Colombo. he left home at the age of eighteen to join the Royal Ceylon Navy as a signalman. He went on to briefly serve in the Ceylon Army and later joined the Colombo Port Commission as a signals officer.

Next, Muller tried his hand at journalism, eventually marrying Sortain Harris and leaving Sri Lanka in order to work at newspapers in the Middle East.

Muller has currently retired from his lifelong work as decades of chain smoking has taken a toll on his health. He and his wife live in Kandy with their two children and his grand son.

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