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Swept away by a tale of tsunami tragedy

Wave. By Sonali Deraniyagala. Virago, €12.60.

20th April, 2013
The devastation caused in Sri Lanka by the 2004 tsunami. Photo: Getty

"I thought nothing of it at first. The ocean looked a little closer to our hotel than usual. That was all." The simplicity and stark truth of these opening lines are echoed throughout Sonali Deraniyagala's memoir, an account of someone forced to endure what most people fear more than anything.

On December 26, 2004, Deraniyagala lost her husband, her two sons and both of her parents in the tsunami that struck the southern coast of Sri Lanka.

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