John Burgess
978 616 7339 25 2
H210 x W142 mm
No. of pages
500 pages


A poignant glimpse into the daily life of Twelfth Century Cambodia. Want to know who were the people who built the temples, grew the rice and served in the palace guard? Read A Woman of Angkor.

– Dawn Rooney, author of Angkor – Cambodia’s Wondrous Khmer Temples


A wonderful and compelling story that vividly evokes the glory, violence, and beauty of the vanished Khmer empire, as told through the testimony of one remarkable woman. This is a real page-turner of a narrative in which Burgess brings us into the dangerous world of palace intrigues and into the lives of Angkor’s ordinary people.

– Michael D. Coe, author of Angkor and the Khmer Civilization


A Woman of Angkor is a powerful work of imagination that takes the reader to a faraway time and place and makes the story vividly real. Through the voice of his heroine, Sray, John Burgess conjures a story of a Khmer family whose lives are interwoven with the building of the magical, mysterious temple of Angkor Wat. This is historical fiction with a difference – about a people whose history has been obscured and abandoned like the magnificent shrine that for so many centuries lay hidden in the jungle.

– David Ignatius, columnist for The Washington Post and author of Bloodmoney