The story of a family’s flight from Burma when Japanese troops invaded during World War Two. Re-imagined by a fascinated descendant, the book follows the fortunes of different family members as the British raj collapses around them and they escape, ill-equipped, across mountain passes to India.
Jean Ellis studied history at the London School of Economics, the School of Oriental and African Studies and Chennai University, writing her doctoral thesis on south Indian politics between the two World Wars. She has worked for UK and international charities in Asia and Africa.
‘I found it enthralling. It is beautifully written, wonderfully evocative and at times very moving. A very good book.’
Guy Slater, writer, director and producer
‘A moving day-by-day account of the harrowing events experienced by the people who fled Burma. Warm and fascinating – sad and teary at times.’
Kyi Kyi May, retired head of the BBC Burmese Service
‘Jean Ellis draws on her family history to evoke place and period in a book that blends fact and fiction seamlessly.’
Felicity Goodall, author, Exodus Burma