Whispers of Hope

Whispers of Hope : A Family Memoir of Myanmar

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As a British teenager, I meet a beautiful Burmese girl on the school bus. Her family self-exiled in 1964, soon after the military coup, to start a new life in England. My fascination is fired for this far-off land. How did Burma, with such a regal past, swathed in natural beauty and populated by a people of unmistakable poise and serenity slide into repression and obscurity? How can the up-beat memories of April's parents be reconciled with Myanmar's current malaise? Over 16 years I recorded the oral history, anecdotes and reminiscences of her family who were eye witnesses to momentous events in mid-century Burma. These together with more recent conversations - with Aung San Suu Kyi and a range of Burmese millennials - provide a unique portrait of Myanmar stretching back to April's great, great grandfather in 1852. For all the woes of this country, whispers of hope can be heard.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 154 x 233 x 22mm | 391g
  • Penguin Books
  • Singapore
  • English
  • 981495425X
  • 9789814954259
  • 295,478

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"I think many Myanmar as well as others who are interested in our country will find your book very refreshing and vibrant as you have written in a warm, friendly way, touching vividly on many areas, of the past and the present, from an emotional as well as psychological angle." Kyi Kyi May, former BBC Correspondent to Myanmar
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About Chris Mabey

Chris Mabey is an Emeritus Professor of Leadership at Middlesex University Business School and became a Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society in 2002. He has held a career-long interest in how organizations develop their leaders. More recently his research and writing have turned to leading ethical leadership and the enigma of cultural leadership in Myanmar. He recently led an ESRC-funded Seminar Series on Ethical Leadership: Philosophical and Spiritual Approaches.
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