Released by Heron Books, an imprint of Quercus, on 3rd September 2015.

In 1980s Burma, the British ambassador’s son goes missing.

Discovering himself in the north of the country, Michael Atwood is in imminent danger, trapped between sides fighting a bitter civil war and with no way back to Rangoon. His best hope of salvation is to trust Thuza, a ruby smuggler who offers to help him escape.

Beautiful and deeply scarred, Thuza has spent her entire life in a frontier town between rebel and government forces, never choosing a side but trying to make a living from both. For Thuza, the ambassador’s son is her ticket out of poverty. For Than, an ambitious military officer, exploiting those caught in the war offers an opportunity for promotion and distinction.

But as all three learn to their cost, in this enigmatic and savage country, everyone has a price.

From the heart of Burma’s exotic Rubyland comes an emotional thriller, as three lives are thrown together by the desperate choices they make to survive in a country gripped by civil war: a tale of ambition, salvation and hope that confirms Lucy Cruickshanks as a master storyteller.

Praise for The Road to Rangoon 

"Gripping and thought-provoking" (Candis, Book of the Month)

"A gutsy, atmospheric thriller" (Woman & Home)

"Exotic, dangerous, slippery… an enjoyable and well-written novel" (South China Morning Post)

"Burma springs to life in all its savagery through Cruickshanks' beautiful prose" (Dinah Jefferies, author of The Tea Planter's Wife)

“Lucy Cruickshanks’ prose is powerful, pacy, vivid and involving." (Isabel Wolff, author of A Vintage Affair)

"A gutsy, atmospheric thriller" (Woman & Home)

"Cruickshanks' research is thorough and fascinating… she weaves it together into an atmospheric, evocative novel" (Frost Magazine)

"Haunting and heart-wrenching, intelligent and incredibly impactful...The powerful story packs such a punch that it will stay with the reader long after turning the final page" (Novelicious)

"Cruickshanks is skilled in her ability to marry her fiction with well-researched historical events. [She] effectively depicts a visceral world of bloodshed, without compromising on historical integrity" (The Student Newspaper)

"This novel brings the rawness and uncertainty of the times to life. There are very carefully observed mannerisms and the oppressive times in which the people of Burma were living are acutely portrayed. It cleverly sets the historical for anyone who is going to visit in the 21st Century who wants to gain a sense of the country of Myanmar today" (Trip Fiction)

"One heck of an insight into Burmese history. A real eye opener" (BookTrail)