Plastic Emotions by Shiromi Pinto

Shortlisted for the Royal Society of Literature’s Encore Award 2020

Inspired by the life of architect Minnette de Silva, Shiromi Pinto’s Plastic Emotions unearths the forgotten story of an icon of 20th century architecture. Set in England, France, India and what was then Ceylon, Plastic Emotions charts de Silva’s relationship with Swiss modernist Le Corbusier and her efforts to build an independent Sri Lanka as it descends into political and social turmoil. 

“One of the gems of the season.”


Born in London and raised in Montreal, Shiromi has written short fiction for BBC Radio 4, the Victoria & Albert Museum and opendemocracy.net.Her first novel, Trussed, was reviewed as ‘audacious’ (Bernardine Evaristo in The Independent), ‘brilliant’ (Diva) and ‘so cool that it hurts’ (The Times). After over a decade working for Amnesty International, she is now a communications consultant at writingeditingwords.com

“It’s hard not to be swept away by it all.”

The Guardian