Everybody Deserves a Place at the Table
Shanaka Fernando is often hailed as a modern-day revolutionary best known for his 'pay-what-you-can-afford' community restaurants in Melbourne. He was named Australia's Local Hero in the Australian of the Year Awards and was a guest judge on MasterChef alongside the Dalai Lama.
This book strips back the labels that have been slapped onto Shanaka's media-built poster boy persona and gives us an insight into some of the experiences that have shaped the man he has become.
This entrancingly honest and refreshingly candid memoir hints at the roots of Shanaka's early social awakening with tales of a 1970s childhood in Sri Lanka's capital, Columbo.
From his upbringing within an eccentric extended family living in a residential compound populated with a throng of memorable characters, we accompany the grown-up Shanaka on his travels from Australia to Asia to South America and back as he explores new ways of living his life.