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.
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“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