Burma's Spring: Real Lives in Turbulent Times
Rosalind Russell

Burma's Spring: Real Lives in Turbulent Times

Burma’s Spring: Real Lives in Turbulent Times documents the struggles of ordinary people made extraordinary by circumstance. Rosalind Russell, a British journalist who came to live in Burma with her family, witnessed a time of unprecedented change in a secretive country that had been locked under military dictatorship for half a century.

Through her remarkable encounters as an undercover reporter, she unearthed the real-life stories of a rich array of characters and followed their fortunes over a tumultuous era of uprising, disaster and political reform.

From the world famous democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi to the broken-hearted domestic worker Mu Mu, a Buddhist monk to a punk, a palm reader to a girl band, these are stories of tragedy, resilience and hope – woven together in a vivid portrait of a land for so long hidden from view.

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Rosalind Russell

Rosalind Russell is a foreign correspondent with 15 years’ experience. As a correspondent for the global news agency Reuters, she reported from more than 20 countries in Africa, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. She has covered many major news events, including the fall of Kabul at the start of the Afghan war and the U.S. invasion of Iraq, where she worked from an armoured Landrover in the southern desert and reported from Baghdad on the anti-American insurgency.  In her reporting she has always sought to engage readers with the human stories behind the headlines.  During n...
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Book Reviews

  • "In her memoir, Russell has written authoritatively of the changes that swept through Burma, yet she has done so by focusing on the stories of a series of individuals and looking at how their lives were affected by events. The portraits are insightful and moving… A richer, more nuanced picture of Burma than is often portrayed by a Western media."
    The Independent
  • "In her memoir, Russell has written authoritatively of the changes that swept through Burma, yet she has done so by focusing on the stories of a series of individuals and looking at how their lives were affected by events. The portraits are insightful and moving… A richer, more nuanced picture of Burma than is often portrayed by a Western media."
    Independent
  • "Burma Spring is an extraordinary vox pop exercise that puts you in touch with what people in Burma are thinking and feeling. This is reportage at its best, listening-post reportage where the reporter disappears and all you can hear are Burmese voices. It’s a remarkable achievement."
    RSAA Journal of Asian Affairs
  • "...finely drawn part memoir, part investigative report about the current social and political climate… as diverse and entertaining as the cast list of any Dickens novel or Shakespeare play… refreshingly vivid… Burma Spring is an extraordinary vox pop exercise that puts you in touch with what people in Burma are thinking and feeling. This is reportage at its best, listening-post reportage where the reporter disappears and all you can hear are Burmese voices. It’s a remarkable achievement. "
    RSAA Journal Asian Affairs