Once Around the Sun - From Cambodia to Tibet

“Whether you’re nostalgic for travels past or long to see the world, Jessica Mudditt’s memoir is a love letter to the unique challenges and delights of backpacking.”

While nursing a broken heart at the age of 25, Jessica Mudditt sets off from Melbourne for a year of solo backpacking through Asia.

She has no idea what she is going to do with the rest of her life. As Jessica travels overland through Southeast Asia and into China, she realises that she doesn’t want her journey to be a one-off. She starts looking for a new life.

From a monks’ dormitory in Laos to the steppes of Inner Mongolia, join Jessica as she travels thousands of kilometres across some of the most beautiful and fascinating parts of the planet.

Published by Hembury Books in March 2024

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Our Home in Myanmar

“An honest, detailed, and well-structured account of the personal and political.” – Kirkus Reviews

Myanmar – shrouded in mystery, misunderstood and isolated for half a century.

After a whirlwind romance in Bangladesh, Australian journalist Jessica Mudditt and her Bangladeshi husband Sherpa arrive in Yangon in 2012 – just as the military junta is beginning to relax its ironclad grip on power. It is a high-risk atmosphere; a life riddled with chaos and confusion as much as it is with wonder and excitement.

Jessica joins a small team of old-hand expat editors at The Myanmar Times, whose Burmese editor is still languishing in prison. Whether she is covering a speech by Aung San Suu Kyi, getting dangerously close to cobras, directing cover shoots with Burmese models, or scaling Bagan’s thousand-year-old temples, Jessica is entranced and challenged by a country undergoing rapid change.

Our Home in Myanmar is available in English and Burmese.

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