In many parts of the world it is winter now; a good time to stock up to some new books. See here my personal Top 10 of books on Myanmar to read:
1. River of Lost Footsteps: Thant Myint U – written by the grandson of the former UN secretary general U Thant, a balanced version of recent Myanmar history.
2. The Art of Hearing Heartbeats – Jan-Philipp Sendker – a fantastic novel, set in Kalaw about love and caring for each other.
3. My life as a Shan Princess by Inge Sargent – written by an Austrian lady who became a Shan princess living in Hsipaw, an interesting insight into Shan royal history.
4. Miss Burma by Charmaine Craig – an amazing story of a family during the most violent and turbulent years of Myanmar history.
5. Nor Iron Bars a Cage by Ma Thanegi, or as she calls it, “my prison book”, about the three years she spent in Insein Jail as a political prisoner; inspirational.
6. The King In Exile: The Fall Of The Royal Family Of Burma by Sudha Shah – a detailed description on live in exile in India of the last royal family of Myanmar.
7. Myanmar: Burma in Style: An Illustrated History and Guide by Caroline Courtauld. This is a great illustrated account of the history, politics and culture of the people and the country.
8. Children of the Revolution by Feroze Dada – a true story about a Burmese freedom fighter, a monk and 600 abandoned children.
9. A Burmese Heart by YMV Han and Tinsa Maw-Naing, about the history after WWII – mainly set in Yangon and focusing on those people that brought Myanmar into the modern era.
10. The Golden Parasol by Wendy Law – Yone – daughter of a newspaper publisher during the military coup in 1962.