The Ghost Locust
"Many authors wear their research on their sleeves,
but Stroud manages to evoke the raw beauty of Vietnam and relay
historical detail by using tight dialogue and believable characterisation. This not only places the tale in
context, but also takes readers beyond narrative into a deeper level
South China Morning Post
"Heather Stroud's novel
humanizes the Vietnam era in surprising ways. It is not a war novel,
though the war is central. It is a novel about people, but
international politics, human rights....This is a
fine, compassionate book, a model of mature story telling,
interweaving character and politics, custom and individual narrative."
author of Coming Ashore Far From Home,
winner of the Quarterly Review of Literature's
International Poetry Competition
Stroud's strong desire to travel saw her leaving home in England at
nineteen and taking up a job as an au pair in Turkey. She has since
lived in the USA, the Soviet Union, Hong Kong and Brazil. With a
degree in psychology and philosophy she has spent most of her working
life in the human services professions.
Hong Kong she worked in the Vietnamese Asylum-Seeker Detention Centres
for Freedom Magazine, and was spokesperson for Refugee Concern
HK. After six years of challenging the Hong Kong government and the
UNHCR over the legitimate claims of a group of asylum-seekers,
persecuted in both China and Vietnam, she succeeded in getting them
recognised as refugees. She has travelled widely in Vietnam but,
because of her advocacy of returnees, now finds herself unable to get
a visa to make further visits.
She is presently working on a second novel,
October Chill, which follows the story of an Estonian family who
escaped from their homeland after the Russian invasion in 1940.