Lucy Cruickshanks

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

TRADER is Amazon’s Daily Deal

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.

Hooray! I’m very pleased that The Trader of Saigon is Amazon UK’s Kindle Daily Deal. You can snap up a copy for just 99p for the next 24 hours, and as an extra treat, the Kindle version of The Road to Rangoon is on sale at £2.99 too. Happy days!





Candis magazine’s Book of the Month

“Gripping and thought-provoking”

Pleased as festive punch that THE ROAD TO RANGOON has been chosen for Candis magazine’s Book of the Month. Hooray! Also just clapped eyes on the new cover for the paperback edition, coming in February. It’s been a good day! Hope you’ve had a good one too…


On digging out the best ideas

Where do ideas for novels come from? What is it that makes an idea great?

Hunting ideas can feel like hunting gemstones, but as my characters in The Road to Rangoon discover, life rarely throws up giant, perfect gems. Ideas are like rubies, imperfect and hidden but always waiting. They are brief flashes through the dirt and darkness, glimpses of fleeting, dazzling possibility. The trick is in noticing them, recognising their worth as they glitter momentarily, in teasing them out from the rubble of life and refining them, posing the questions that polish them to a shine.

Today I’m chatting to Women Writers about inspiration – a subject I’m often quizzed on by writers and readers alike. Morning!

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“Haunting and heart-wrenching”

“Haunting and heart-wrenching…The powerful story packs such a punch that it will stay with the reader long after turning the final page.”

This thoughtful review for THE ROAD TO RANGOON from Novelicious has made my day! It’s a joy to hear you’ve taken a reader so far outside their comfort zone yet come up trumps. Thanks to them for taking the time to read and feature. Always appreciated.


Congratulation, Myanmar.

It has been an historic week in Myanmar, where THE ROAD TO RANGOON is set. The first free, fair and transparent elections in decades have taken place and Aung San Suu Kyi’s party, the National League for Democracy, have won a landslide victory. It’s a remarkable achievement given the government’s long history of dictatorship and brutality, and the fact that Suu Kyi herself spent 15 years under house arrest for opposing them.

Well done voters for being brave. Here’s to hoping it stays as good as it seems.


Creating a memorable sense of place: Article for ‘Writers and Artists’

It was great to be asked to write a little something for the ‘Writers and Artists‘ group recently. They’re a wonderful resource for both aspiring and established authors, and I’ve often turned to them over the years. Here I am, talking about the importance of setting in novels, and what it can tell readers about your characters too.

Happy Monday, everyone. Wishing you all a belter of a week.


Lucy Cruickshanks on That’s Solent TV

We had a fun Tuesday in our house last week, with visitors from the local TV station. I got to chat about lots of interesting bookish things, the baby saved his meltdown for after the interview had finished, and the camerawoman didn’t notice the massive pile of washing up I’d hidden outside the back door in a last-minute dash. So all in all, I’m calling it a win! The footage is now available to view online. Follow this link to have a peek!

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“Exotic, dangerous, slippery, enjoyable, well-written…”

Praise for THE ROAD TO RANGOON from the South China Morning Post last week. Thank you!


BLOG TOUR: Day 5, The Book Trail

“A story of hope and salvation set against the complex and troubling backdrop of Burma’s turbulent past.”

Last day on the tour and I’m rounding off the week with a great review from The Book Trail. Thanks very much! Happy Friday, everyone.



BLOG TOUR: Day 4, Jaffa Reads Too

“The story and the characters I’ve created are fictional, but the context through which they wade is real…”

Day 4 and I’m talking to Jo at ‘Jaffa Reads Too‘ about the inspiration behind THE ROAD TO RANGOON.

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