Shortlisted for the Authors' Club Best First Novel Award and the Guardian Not The Booker Prize, longlisted for the Waverton Goodread Award and named a Top Ten Book of 2013 by The Bookbag.
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.
From a society torn apart by war comes heart-warming a tale of redemption and salvation; a thrilling saga and an explosive debut novel.
Lucy’s debut novel, The Trader of Saigon, was shortlisted for the Authors' Club Best First Novel Award and the Guardian Not The Booker Prize, longlisted for the Waverton Goodread Award and named a Top Ten Book of 2013 by The Bookbag.
Praise for The Trader of Saigon
"Compelling and involving... ingenious." (The Guardian)
"Authentic, beautiful and highly accomplished; all novels should aspire to be this good." (The Bookbag)
"An utterly compelling read with the verve and pace of a terrific thriller. A polished, and very impressive debut." (Isabel Wolff)
"Cruickshanks has created a gripping tale that is complex and profound. Beautifully written and immensely atmospheric - this is a compelling story that will touch your heart." (Kate Furnivall)
"Dark, vivid and deeply unsettling." (Matthew Plampin)
"A stunning debut novel... The dangerous streets of Hanoi and Saigon are expertly explored and every sentence evokes a perfect sense of time and place." (New Books Magazine)
"A complex and intricate story… After reading The Trader of Saigon I feel like I've visited Vietnam, walked the dusty streets and wandered through the endless rice fields …this is a beautifully atmospheric novel." (Woman's World)
"The Trader of Saigon has a tremendous resonance for Vietnam now." (Trip Fiction)