Once Around the Sun

"Jessica Mudditt's love letter to backpacking has every classic backpacker experience. On the banana pancake trail there are fried tarantulas in Cambodia and bia hoi (fresh beer) in Vietnam, followed by linguistic confusion in China, the odd stomach upset, a touch of altitude sickness and if it gets cold – well, there’s always some hunk to share your sleeping bag with. In fact, as every backpacker is likely to confirm, the kindness of strangers is generally on call.”
– Tony Wheeler, founder of Lonely Planet

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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Once Around the Sun and Our home in Myanmar by Jessica Mudditt

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"Jessica Mudditt's love letter to backpacking has every classic backpacker experience. On the banana pancake trail there are fried tarantulas in Cambodia and bia hoi (fresh beer) in Vietnam, followed by linguistic confusion in China, the odd stomach upset, a touch of altitude sickness and if it gets cold – well, there’s always some hunk to share your sleeping bag with. In fact, as every backpacker is likely to confirm, the kindness of strangers is generally on call."
– A review of Once Around the Sun by Lonely Planet founder Tony Wheeler

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Kathmandu to the
Khyber Pass

Coming Soon

To be published by Hembury Books in 2025