‘Deserves to become a “Wild Swans” of this new century.’ Caroline Moore, Spectator
‘More than the record of an astonishing life, this book is a work of art.’ Mark Archer, Financial Times
‘Exceptional…In parts it is a thrilling and fascinating page-turner. In others, it fills one with respectful awe at the resilience and determination of a young man to fight despair and never lose hope.’ Martin Booth, Sunday Times
‘Extraordinary…remarkable. A marvellous book, full of pity, yearning and wisdom; stirring and terrible in equal measure. I commend it wholeheartedly.’ John Preston, Sunday Telegraph
‘Extraordinary…thrilling.’ Val Hennessy, Daily Mail
‘Extraordinary…Beautiful. A magical story, full of richness and subtlety.’ Craig Brown, Mail on Sunday
From the Back Cover
"A moving story that travels from a remote hill village to modern Cambridge by way of a brutal regime and the struggle of decent, ordinary people to counter it. A thrilling and fascinating page-turner."
A member of a tiny, remote Burmese tribe famous for their 'giraffe-necked' women, student Pascal Khoo Thwe was forced to flee to the jungle during the rise of the corrupt military dictatorship. His lover had been arrested, raped and murdered by the armed forces, and Pascal became a guerrilla fighter. But a chance meeting with Dr. John Casey, a Cambridge Don visiting Mandalay, would change both their lives forever.
Overcoming seemingly insurmountable obstacles and danger, the two men strike up a scholarly correspondence that would take Pascal from the brutal hardships of guerrilla warfare to the hallowed world of Cambridge University. This is the moving true story of his extraordinary life and miraculous journey.
"More than a record of an astonishing life, this book is a work of art."
"A wonderfully moving account of growing up in a 'dream culture' in a remote Burmese village where it was considered natural to see and talk to ghosts."