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A World Overturned


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Maureen Baird-Murray was born in Burma (Myanmar) in the early 1930s to a colonial administrator from Ireland and a beautiful Burmese peasant girl. Orphaned during the war, she finally left Burma aged 13, to live in Dublin with her grandmother and sister, Patricia. She went on to marry a young Naval officer, Neil Baird-Murray, and raised five children, before writing this memoir to answer their questions about her past life. Never expecting it to be published, her book came to the attention of Constable publishers, who printed the first edition in 1998 to critical acclaim. Following her death in 2005, the book became a treasured memory for her children and grandchildren, who published this new edition in December 2012. A touching and personal account of a young girl's struggle in difficult and tragic circumstances, her autobiography is a unique and valuable record of life in Burma under the Japanese occupation and possibly the only account written from a child's point of view.

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