“Maureen Baird-Murray tells her story with astonishing, but convincing, recall and with a childlike freshness which vividly recaptures the time and place.”
Allan Mallinson, THE SPECTATOR
MAUREEN BAIRD-MURRAY’S A WORLD OVERTURNED
A World Overturned was written by my late mother and is a memoir about her childhood in Myanmar (Burma) from 1933 - 1947. Maureen's book describes life under Japanese occupation as seen by a nine-year old; the arrival of the British; and with the war's end, the devastating news that she is an orphan. The final twist to the story is as unexpected as it is heartening. This is a completely captivating narrative. This special edition has an epilogue documenting a recent trip to Myanmar with my children that first appeared in the Telegraph Saturday Magazine.
”This wholly delightful book belongs on the shelf beside that other classic of childhood, mi Mi Khaing's Burmese Family.”
”This is a heartbreaking, beautifully written memoir that is a can't-put-it-down compelling story of a child of a Burmese mother and Irish father left in the care of an Italian convent in the British hill station of Kalaw at age four….A few questions are answered but it takes a reunion many decades later in Burma to add details to what did happen. The story goes full circle but I was left in tears over the depth of feelings expressed by the author. I also wished to learn more of her life as she grew up in Ireland. But...this is a story about Burma and childhood. It's unforgettable.”
Mona (Reader review, Goodreads)
”I read this book in two days last week, while on my honeymoon in Burma. I was completely enthralled by Maureen's fascinating and utterly compelling, if at times heartbreaking, story. It's an excellent insight into life as a child during that time and she tells her story so well. Her daughter Kathleen has returned to meet her family there and in the final chapter of this new edition, tells her story since. A brilliant book and one I'd recommend reading whether you're going there or not - but even better to read it when you're there.”