Lucy Cruickshanks

Author of THE TRADER OF SAIGON (2013) and THE ROAD TO RANGOON (September 2015). Published by Quercus.

Month: August, 2013

“Come you back, you British soldier; come you back to Mandalay!”

So, my draft for Book 2 is almost complete, and today I am being very generous, and letting my characters hang out here. It’s Yangon’s Pegu Club, which was once the most famous Gentleman’s club in Asia, and allegedly where Rudyard Kipling was inspired to write his poem ‘Mandalay’ after spending an evening there in 1889 and listening to accounts of British officers who had been posted in Upper Burma following the British conquest of Burma’s second city in 1885.


Gorgeous, isn’t it?

You can see more awesome photographs of Yangon’s crumbling colonial architecture here, (which is where I pinched this from):

You can read Kipling’s Mandalay here. Please do. It’s a cracker:



The Trader of Saigon longlisted for ‘Not The Booker’

Had some cracking news this afternoon – The Trader of Saigon has been longlisted for this year’s Not The Booker Prize! It’s run by The Guardian newspaper and is a long, long, longlist indeed with some stiff competition, but if you’d like to help me get on the shortlist, you have until next Wednesday to vote.

Here’s the link:

Thank you very much! Happy Monday! x

Ballot box