The Monsoon Bride

Michelle Aung Thin is the author of The Monsoon Bride.

Michelle was recently in Jakarta at the ASEAN Literary Festival, where she spoke about Literary Works and Government and Locality in ASEAN literature. Here is an interview with Michelle from Radio Australia (Radio Australian is now a digital portal). The interview is in Bahasa. Michelle’s attended the festival as a guest of DFAT.

Michelle also took part in the third Irrawaddy Literary Festival in Mandalay, Myanmar/Burma, where she was a guest of The University of Melbourne, the festival’s education partner.

Michelle also attended the AWP Conference, Minneapolis.

Other stuff:

Below are links to interviews with Michelle as well as to reviews of The Monsoon Bride

Here is a 2012 Radio National Life Matters interview, in which  Michelle discusses identity and writing.

Here are links to reviews:

“hooked me from the start”  Jennifer Byrne,  Women’s Weekly

“beautifully captur[es] time and place … in an exploration of love and remembrance of things past” The Canberra Times

“… [an] accomplished, intelligent debut novel … The Monsoon Bride is the work of a writer of superior gifts” Owen Richardson, The Age

“… reminiscent at its best of the way that E M Forster negotiates the inextricability of personal life from political and historical forces in A Passage to India” Kerryn Goldsworthy, Pick of the Week, Sydney Morning Herald

“a strong debut” Thuy On, Weekend Australian

“…a really wonderful and rewarding read” Pip Newling, Readings Monthly

The Monsoon Bride is published by Text.  The original, unpublished manuscript of the book was shortlisted for the Victorian Premier Literary awards 2010 and won a Wheeler Centre / Readings Foundation fellowship.Click here for a link to buy the novel. Or have a look around this site to find out more about Michelle, the process of writing, interviews and other stuff (don’t miss the Rangoon page).

5 Responses to The Monsoon Bride

  1. Judy Bird says:

    Unfortunately the email address failed – so:

    Hi Michelle,

    Such a pleasure to meet you this morning. Feedback from the group has been overwhelmingly positive; your approachability and honesty were appreciated and such direct insight into the publishing process eye-opening for many. ‘Monsoon Bride’ deserves its success.

    The book I spoke about is ‘Beyond the Facade – Flinders Street, more than just a railway station’ by Jenny Davies, ISBN 9781921488030 (pbk).

    Waverley Community Learning Centre writing groups will be watching your career with personal interest now. Our best wishes for your PhD and hopes that we’ll meet you again in the near future.

    Thank you so much for your time and effort.

    Warm regards,

    Judy Bird (Tutor)

  2. Paul Schellens says:

    Hello Michelle,
    Congrats on the Novel. I’ve read some great reviews. Ordered the book – my wife grabbed it and is loving it!
    I’m back into writing/producing myself and would love to get in touch. Please email me at
    Cheers, Paul.
    P.S. Remember Ground Floor?

  3. Jerome says:

    Hi Michelle,
    I also wanted to email to invite you to – as Rolf Potts will say on Wednesday – take a tour of Melbourne that looks behind the local tourism-slanted veneer. Our cultural laneway tour is a look at Melbourne at ground level that shows you the laneways, hidden spaces and how you need to approach the city like a nosey parker before it starts to really show itself off. Sydney is flashy and easier to understand while Melbourne like you to do some work first! I hope you can join us while at the conference.
    We also conduct a Flinders St Station walking tour – based on Jenny’s book and until she became busy with the design competition, she conducted tour for us. Now run by in-house guides, it also peels back the layers and you will see that it really is more than just a facade.

  4. Anna Paul says:

    Hi Michelle
    I was very interest to read your book The Monsoon Bride as I visited Burma in 2011. I found the atmosphere description very good but found the ending unrealistic. How can Winsome survive on her own in that time and age of the 1930’s.

    • Hi Anna

      Thanks for reading the book. Like you, I had very clear ideas about Burma and the 1930s before I began researching The Monsoon Bride. What I discovered was that women, often very young, poorly educated and unskilled, did have to fend for themselves. Winsome’s experience is based (loosely) on fact. We often say that hindsight is 20/20,in other words, pin-sharp and clear. My experience is that, when we look at ‘history’, we leave a lot of stories out. That was what made researching and writing the book so much fun.


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