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The Trouser People

The Trouser People

Author(s): Andrew Marshall

Location(s): Burma (Myanmar)

Genre(s): Historical, Travelogue

Era(s): Late 19 Century onwards



Inspired by the diaries of a forgotten Victorian adventurer called Sir George Scott, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Andrew Marshall set out to discover the real Burma – an impoverished nation ruled by a repressive regime. Scott was a die-hard imperialist who hacked, bullied and charmed his way through uncharted jungles to help establish British colonial rule.

Braving government spies and the after-effects of some powerful local hooch, Marshall retraces Scott’s intrepid footsteps into Burma’s remote tribal heartlands to encounter the bewitching ‘giraffe women’ and the former headhunters of the Wild Wa. His journey is an offbeat exploration of Britain’s lost heritage – and a powerful exposé of Burma’s modern tragedy.


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