News and events

Goodbye Burma was voted through as a finalist in the People's Book Prize 2019. Voting will be open again for the finalists in April 2019. Meanwhile you can continue to add a comment if you wish: Visit:

13 November 2017, Book launch, 4.30pm - 6.00pm, Small Hall, Bromley Central Library, High St, Bromley BR1 1EX

16 January 2018, evening talk, 7.00pm-8.30pm,

The Pamper Suite, Bexley DA5 3QJ

6 February 2018, lunchtime talk, 12.30-1.30, Orpington Library, The Walnuts, Orpington, BR6 0TW

9 March 2018, evening talk, 6.30pm, Bexley Community Library, Bourne Road, DA51LU

30 September 2018, FIBIS annual conference, Iffley, Oxford

22 November 2018, evening talk, 6.30pm, White Horse bookshop, 136 High St, Marlborough, SN8 1HW

26 March 2019, evening lecture, 7.00pm, Britain-Burma Society, Medical Society of London, 11 Chandos St, Cavendish Square, W1G 9EB

22 June 2019, Reading from Goodbye Burma as part of a poetry and prose event: From Bromley to Burma, 5.00pm-7.30pm, The Parlour, Petts Wood Methodist Church, Queensway, Petts Wood, Orpington, BR5 1EB

28 July 2019, Reading from Goodbye Burma as part of a repeat of the successful poetry and prose event: From Bromley to Burma, 7.30 pm, at Torriano Meeting House, 99 Torriano Avenue, Kentish Town, London NW5 2RX.

To request a talk to your club or society, please contact me here

Reader reviews


I finished reading your book a couple of weeks ago... thoroughly engrossing as well as informative! ... I was so disappointed when it came to an end... I want to know what happened to all the characters afterwards.

     Ramesh Krishnamurti

'ean Ellis’s elegiac account of the evacuation of civilians from Burma in ‘Goodbye Burma’ is a joy to read. She skillfully weaves a seamless robe of fact, fiction, family history and the complex political and military history of Burma. The result is a dynamic, tense and gripping yarn.

      Michael D Leigh, author,

    The Evacuation of Civilians from Burma

Jean’s book gives a vivid picture of the chaos in Burma as the Japanese advanced and the experiences of individuals as they escaped to India. It is a piece of raw history, brilliantly told and a compulsive read!

Nigel Watt


I LOVED THE BOOK. I finished reading it in record time. It's very well-written and conceived, with wonderful, evocative imagery, and brilliant use of the English vernacular of the period.'

    Diana Masone

'I enjoyed ‘Goodbye Burma’ enormously and was really impressed at how Jean Ellis fashioned her family story into an intriguing and evocative fictional account of the rout of the British from Burma in 1942. I found myself googling more about Burma then and now, and following threads of historical interest long after I’d finished the book.'

    Cary Whitworth

 ‘I thoroughly commend this beautifully written book.'

    Annabel Bracher


'A compelling and moving story of a family fleeing Burma as the Japanese attacked . . . It is a fascinating insight into that time in history, brought to life through the vivid characters and the beautifully evocative descriptions of the country they loved.'

    Linda Bayne


This chimed with part of my experience as my father served in Burma although he did not mention it in any great detail. Jean Ellis’s beautifully written book was a powerful evocation of the situation there in 1942 and I learnt much from it. Her skill in weaving historical research and the lived experience of family members as expressed in their diaries is consummate and every reader will be enriched by the story of these events.

Ruth Smith

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