Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Mapping lost memories

Kim and myself on one of her visits to Phnom Penh
My friend and series editor of my own book, To Cambodia With Love, Kim Fay, will have her first novel out on 24 April 2012, according to Kim and her publishers, Ballantine. Which is all very exciting as Kim gave me a draft of her novel a few years ago to read, so I got a sneak preview, though I know that she's re-written long passages of it since and had many sleepless night self-editing herself. At the time I read it, the book was called In Yellow Babylon and was set in Shanghai and in Cambodia in the 1920s. The locations haven't changed but the title of the novel has, it will now be called The Map of Lost Memories. The publishers are Ballantine Books division of Random House in the USA, whilst in the UK (and its Commonwealth countries) Hodder & Stoughton will publish, and in translation in Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark, Holland, Italy and Hungary. Not bad for a first novel I would suggest. I cannot wait for it to land on my doormat (if I had one). Kim has already edited a series of travel books and written Communion - A Culinary Journey Through Vietnam.

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