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Book Title: The Road to Rangoon|
The author of the book: Lucy Cruickshanks
Date of issue: April 5th 2016
ISBN 13: 9781784296469
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Novel set in Burma (“…in Burma anything could be bought with money and nerve.”)
Set in a very difficult period of Burma’s history, this novel brings the rawness and uncertainty of the times to life in the later 20th Century. We meet Thuza, a young woman, who has seen tragedy at the heart of her family. The Armed Forces, the Tatmadaw, hold a tight grip over the citizens, and people have to do what they have to do, to make ends meet. Thuza turns, quite successfully, to ruby smuggling and the whole process is eye opening and well researched (the best rubies are hard and cold when touched with the tongue, for example). Michael, the son of the British Ambassador is waiting to go back to England, but soon he is missing; and Than, an ambitious military officer, sees his chance to move swiftly through the ranks.
There are very carefully observed mannerisms amongst the local people, and the oppressive times in which the people of Burma were living are acutely portrayed. It cleverly sets the historical for anyone who is going to visit in the 21st Century who wants to gain a sense of the country of Myanmar today.
“This is Burma, and it will be quite unlike any land you know about.” Rudyard Kipling, Letters from the East
Lucy talks to us about her travels/researches in Myanmar: http://www.tripfiction.com/lucy-cruic...
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Author of THE TRADER OF SAIGON (2013) and THE ROAD TO RANGOON (Sept 2015). Published by Quercus.
Lucy Cruickshanks’ love of travel inspires her writing. A great fan of the underdog, she’s drawn to countries with troubled recent histories, writing about periods of time when societies are at their most precarious and fraught with risk. She’s fascinated by their uniqueness and moral ambiguity, and in capturing the people who must navigate them.
Her debut novel, The Trader of Saigon, began life after she sat beside a man on a flight who made his fortune selling women. It was shortlisted for the Authors' Club Best First Novel Award and the Guardian Not The Booker Prize, longlisted for the Waverton Goodread Award and named a Top Ten Book of 2013 by The Bookbag.
Patricia Highsmith, Amitav Ghosh and George Orwell have all influenced Lucy’s writing, but her favourite books are Empire of the Sun by JG Ballard and Life of Pi by Yann Martel.
Lucy was born in 1984 and raised in Cornwall, UK. She holds a BA in Politics and Philosophy from the University of Warwick and an MA in Creative Writing from Bath Spa University. She lives on the south coast of England and divides her time between writing and caring for her young family.
PRAISE FOR THE TRADER OF SAIGON
"Compelling and involving... ingenious" (The Guardian)
"Authentic, beautiful and highly accomplished; all novels should aspire to be this good" (The Bookbag)
“Cruickshanks has created a gripping tale that is complex and profound. Beautifully written and immensely atmospheric – this is a compelling story that will touch your heart” (Kate Furnivall)
"Powerful, pacy, vivid and involving." (Isabel Wolff)
“Dark, vivid and deeply unsettling.” (Matthew Plampin)
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