Jenny's great aunt Constance was a woman of high social status, a wife of a British official. Born in 1898, this is her account of her life in Burma and the story of a civilian trek in 1942 involving thousands of people who had to face an arduous hike across some of the world's most treacherous terrain, dealing with monsoon climatic rivers, jungles and steep mountain ranges and dangerous wildlife. We learn about Rangoon - the world's busiest immigration port with millions arriving into this rich, stylish, and exciting destination - and about Burma, recognised as the most beautiful country in South East Asia. We discover how living in Rangoon throughout its 1930s heyday meant a charmed life, filled with opulence, bon viveur and style. We then learn how life can change overnight, with no possibility of turning back.
- Duration: 60 mins
- Online Zoom Event: An event held in person
- Join as an individual or book for private groups up to 300
Meet The Speaker, Jenny
Jenny’s career has been the culmination of several instinctive paths in her life which have led her to enjoying being an author and now a public speaker. Her years in BBC Television production followed by a career based on travelling around the world re-ignited her passions for cooking, India, research and writing. Jenny manages to bring to light the personal stories behind five generations of her ancestors who lived out in India during the British Raj. Her stories are brought to life spectacularly with a treasure trove collection of family sepia photographs which go back to 1865.
Preparing for the Event
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