Monday, 3 June 2013

Debut Spotlight: Lucy Cruickshanks

There is no shortage of fantastic books being published this summer and one of the books that has caught my attention is The Trader of Saigon by debut author Lucy Cruickshanks which is due out on 4th July. 

From Hanoi to Saigon, a tale of one woman’s search for a better life – and a thriller that strikes to the merciless heart of post-civil war Vietnam. 

In the chaos and corruption of 1980s’ Vietnam, three seemingly unconnected lives are brought together by greed, fear and hope. 

As a US Army deserter, Alexander is a man without country; trapped in a life he no longer controls and embroiled in the dark business of trading women. His latest victim is Hanh, a rural girl who moved to Hanoi to escape inevitable poverty and who sees Alexander’s arrival as the answer to her prayers. Neither of them has ever met Phuc – a Vietnamese businessman who backed the wrong side in the war and is now unable to pay his financial and political debts to the Party. But his struggles are about to change both their lives.

Lucy Cruickshanks was born in 1984 and raised in Cornwall. She holds a BA in Politics and Philosophy from the University of Warwick and an MA in Creative Writing from Bath Spa University.

She works as a bid writer for a Fortune 250 company and has travelled widely throughout Vietnam and Asia. She lives in Southampton. 

If you'd like to follow Lucy's publication journey, why not visit her Facebook page where you'll also be able to read an extract of the first three chapters, or follow her on Twitter.

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