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Our Home in Myanmar : Four years in Yangon - Jessica Mudditt

Our Home in Myanmar

Four years in Yangon

By: Jessica Mudditt

Paperback | 10 May 2021

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Myanmar: shrouded in mystery, misunderstood and isolated for half a century.Journalist Jessica Mudditt had a front row seat as the country transitioned from dictatorship to democracy

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 of 2015 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.

Industry Reviews

"Our Home in Myanmar is a delightful read, both an accessible introduction to Myanmar and a candid behind-the-scenes look at journalism in a developing country." JOHN GRANT ROSS, BOOKISH ASIA.

"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.

"Reading Jessica's book is like sitting down with a friend over a few glasses of wine... For a beautifully paced, enlightening and empathetic account of what it took to get by in this beguiling, but sadly blighted land, with love and some laughs along the way, I truly recommend you spend time with Jessica." JAMES PETERS, BETTER READ THAN DEAD.

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