In 1980s Burma, the British ambassador's son goes missing.
Discovered in the north of the country, Michael Atwood is in imminent danger, trapped between sides fighting a bitter civil war and with no way of getting back to Rangoon. His best hope of salvation is to trust Thuza, a ruby smuggler who offers to help him escape.
Beautiful and deeply scarred, Thuza has spent her entire life in a frontier town between rebel and government forces, never choosing a side but trying to make a living from both. For Thuza, the ambassador's son is her ticket out of poverty. For Than, an ambitious military officer, exploiting those caught up in the war offers an opportunity for promotion and distinction.
But as all three learn to their cost, in this exotic, enigmatic and savage country, everyone has a price.
This is a tale of ambition, salvation and hope that confirms Lucy Cruickshanks as a master storyteller.
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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.
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.
The Trader of Saigon has tremendous resonance for Vietnam today―Trip Fiction
Vivid, startling and absorbing―Matthew Plampin, author of The Devil's Acre
Pleasingly ingenious . . . Full of effective surprises . . . There is a raw energy―Guardian
Lucy Cruickshanks' writing is powerful, pacy, vivid and involving―Isabel Wolff, author of A Vintage Affair
Gripping and thought-provoking―Candis
Burma springs to life through Cruickshanks' beautiful prose―Dinah Jefferies, author of The Tea Planter's Wife
Beautifully written, immensely atmospheric, the characters are unforgettable . . . This is a compelling story that will touch your heart―Kate Furnivall, author of The White Pearl
Authentic, beautiful and highly accomplished . . . all novels should aspire to be this good―Bookbag
An intelligent and incredibly impactful read that stays with the reader long after turning the final page―Novelicious
An enjoyable and well-written novel―South China Morning Post
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