Lucy Cruickshanks’ love of travel inspires her writing. A great fan of the underdog, she’s drawn to countries with troubled recent histories, writing about periods of time when societies are at their most precarious and fraught with risk. She’s fascinated by their uniqueness and moral ambiguity, and in capturing the people who must navigate them.
Her debut novel, The Trader of Saigon, began life after she sat beside a man on a flight who made his fortune selling women. It was shortlisted for the Authors’ Club Best First Novel Award and the Guardian Not The Booker Prize, longlisted for the Waverton Goodread Award and named a Top Ten Book of 2013 by The Bookbag. Her second novel, The Road to Rangoon, will be released in September 2015.
Patricia Highsmith, Amitav Ghosh and George Orwell have all influenced Lucy’s writing, but her favourite books are Empire of the Sun by JG Ballard and Life of Pi by Yann Martel.
Lucy was born in 1984 and raised in Cornwall, UK. She holds a BA in Politics and Philosophy from the University of Warwick and an MA in Creative Writing from Bath Spa University. She lives on the south coast of England and divides her time between writing and caring for her young family.
PRAISE FOR THE TRADER OF SAIGON:
~ Shortlisted for the Authors’ Club Best First Novel Award 2014
~ Shortlisted for the Guardian Not The Booker Prize 2013
~ Top Ten Book of 2013, The Bookbag
~ Longlisted for the Waverton Goodread Award 2013/2014
“Compelling and involving… ingenious.” (The Guardian)
“Authentic, beautiful and highly accomplished; all novels should aspire to be this good.” (The Bookbag)
“The Trader of Saigon is both a ‘heart of darkness’ novel – unflinching in its examination of an evil trade – and an utterly compelling read with the verve and pace of a terrific thriller. A polished, and very impressive debut. Lucy Cruickshanks is a very talented young writer – her prose is powerful, pacy, vivid and involving.” (Isabel Wolff)
“Cruickshanks has created a gripping tale that is complex and profound. Beautifully written and immensely atmospheric – this is a compelling story that will touch your heart.” (Kate Furnivall)
“Dark, vivid and deeply unsettling.” (Matthew Plampin)
“A stunning debut novel… The dangerous streets of Hanoi and Saigon are expertly explored and every sentence evokes a perfect sense of time and place.” (New Books Magazine)