The Stairway Guide’s Daughter


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On a windy clifftop in Cambodia nine hundred years ago, a young woman accidentally witnesses the burning of sacred Hindu texts. Thus begins her unwilling involvement in a succession struggle at the great temple known as Preah Vihear. The Stairway Guide’s Daughter, set in the golden age of the ancient Angkor civilisation, is a tale of loyalty, pluck, and love that crosses society’s boundaries.


Praise for The Stairway Guide’s Daughter:

Reading The Stairway Guide’s Daughter, I found it hard to believe that John Burgess did not live a past life centuries ago among the ancient Khmer... While this novel is rich in history and atmosphere, it is also a page-turner, with stakes destined to affect the whole of Khmer civilization.  

– Kim Fay, author of The Map of Lost Memories, Edgar Award Finalist for Best First Novel


John Burgess once again takes us to a world and time as far away from our own lives as can possibly be... A compelling story told both simply, and beautifully.

– Sue Guiney, author of A Clash of Innocents and Out of the Ruins


Praise for A Woman of Angkor:

John Burgess has done something that I believe is unique in modern writing: set a credible and seemingly authentic tale in the courts and temples of ancient Angkor to stir the imagination and excite our historical interest.

– John le Carré

978 616 7339 87 0
John Burgess
No. of pages
306 pages
H210 x W142 mm
10 b/w photographs, paperback