Barbara Bisco is the author of two novels, both of which are set in Asia where she spent the last thirty years, much of it in Thailand and Indonesia. Whilst in Asia, Barbara worked for the National Museums in both Bangkok and Jakarta. She also worked with orangutans and tigers at the zoo in Jakarta. Her daughter was born in Indonesia and the whole family thinks of it as a second home. Although London is now her first home, Barbara is originally from New York and has a bachelor's degree from Harvard as well as a Ph. D. from Cornell. Her short stories were published in the book 'Short Stories of Bangkok and Beyond'.
A dual-time feast for the senses from the author of A Taste of Green Tangerines. It begins in Java 1200 years ago and at the end even peeks into the future. It centres around the relationships formed by an archaeologist as she searches for a lost palace. The binding elements are the ever present volcano, and of course the mysterious wild beauty of tigers, a beauty which could symbolise the island of Java itself. Romance, danger, history and mystery blend together into a charmingly readable tale about a truly fascinating place.
An intriguing, involving and at times surprising family saga of two cousins over many turbulent years. Set mostly in Thailand and taking in the dreadful Boxing Day tsunami, I personally felt hungry for more cultural detail but loved the eventful story. This is the second novel from Barbara Bisco and I would highly recommend her first, A Taste for Green Tangerines. Click here to find out more about this book.
Disillusioned with her London Life, anthropologist Bethany Parker accepts an offer to work with an international team of environmentalists on an eco-tourism project in the Indonesian rainforest. Thrust into a lush and sometimes brutal world of tribal traditions and erotic tensions, she learns about herself in the most unexpected of places.