Saturday, January 26, 2013

Vivid page-turner

Book launch at Monuments on 29 Jan - Click to enlarge
I'm on the last chapter of A Woman of Angkor by John Burgess. Luckily, as John will be hosting a book launch and signing-session at Monument Books in Phnom Penh on Tuesday 29 Jan at 6pm. It's an incredibly detailed account of life inside and outside the court of King Suryavarman, the Cambodian monarch who oversaw the building of Angkor Wat in the 12th century. Much of it of course comes from John's imagination, and he has built his portrayal around the life of one woman, Sray, and her family members, who held great influence over this particular King. It provides a glimpse into the daily lives of the people of that era, which is something that is missing when you visit the Angkor temples themselves. I haven't finished it yet, but I doff my hat to John Burgess for a fabulous story that is a graphic and vivid page-turner.

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Blogger Norhasliza Hashim said...


I am a reader from Malaysia and stumble upon this blog while browsing for Cambodia.

Will definitely going to get this book as I am a fan of historical fiction.

But too bad, I will be travelling to Phnom Penh on 30th January, hence will miss the event.

Anyway, is this book available in bookstore around Phnom Penh by 30th? Or I just have to wait a bit more for it to reach Malaysia though..


January 26, 2013 at 11:01 PM  
Blogger Andy Brouwer said...

hi, the book is available at the best bookshop in the capital, Monument Books on Norodom Boulevard.
Enjoy your visit.

January 27, 2013 at 2:39 AM  

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