Friday, 18 November 2011

Merdeka - A novel by Lachlan Gunn

Since the summer of 2010 I have been working on my first book.  It is a novel called 'Merdeka' which is set in Malaya in 1957.  Why 'Merdeka'?  I have had the idea for the story in my mind since a visit to the Malaysian jungle in 1990.......then some overgrown concrete base slabs on a mountain ridge in Taman Negara National Park gave the idea for Gedung Camp - clearly they had been put there as bases for Army tents, and the only way they would have got the materials in would have been by helicopter.

It was only after I started writing the book that I decided to call it 'Merdeka', which means 'freedom' or 'independence' in Malay.  The events in the book neatly spanned the day that Malaya became independent (Hari Merdeka), and the original title 'Chasing Sunset' lost its relevance as I began to realise that the chase in the book was actually going from West to East!

On current plans the book will be published next week and I will update with another post when the book is available.

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