Myanmar – shrouded in mystery, misunderstood and isolated for half a century.
After a whirlwind romance in Bangladesh, Australian journalist Jessica Mudditt and her Bangladeshi husband Sherpa arrive in Yangon in 2012 – just as the military junta is beginning to relax its ironclad grip on power. It is a high-risk atmosphere; a life riddled with chaos and confusion as much as it is with wonder and excitement.
Jessica joins a small team of old-hand expat editors at The Myanmar Times, whose Burmese editor is still languishing in prison. Whether she is covering a speech by Aung San Suu Kyi, getting dangerously close to cobras, directing cover shoots with Burmese models, or scaling Bagan’s thousand-year-old temples, Jessica is entranced and challenged by a country undergoing rapid change.
But as the historic elections draw near, it becomes evident that the road to democracy is full of twists, turns and false starts. The couple is blindsided when a rise in militant Buddhism takes a personal turn and challenges their belief that they have found a home in Myanmar.
“Jessica Mudditt deftly brings home the absurdity, humour, danger and enchantment of life in Myanmar in a time of change.”
- JEREMY FERNANDEZ, ABC SYDNEY NEWS ANCHOR
“A beautifully paced, enlightening and empathetic account of what it took to get by in this beguiling, but sadly blighted land.”
- JAMES PETERS, BETTER READ THAN DEAD
“It’s a terrific memoir of a place and time unknown to many Australians. Very much recommended!”
- WENDY HARMER, ABC RADIO SYDNEY