Jane Collins | 12 March, 2021


NEW! Stanley Johnson signs with The Black Spring Press Group again to release his 11th novel. This will be celebrated with a post-lockdown launch and book signing at Daunt Books in Marylebone this July

Following on from the huge success of his thrillers The Virus and The Warming, Stanley Johnson has signed again with The Black Spring Press Group to release From an Antique Land, a taut and tense gripping political thriller set in Cambodia.

The plot: Life in Washington DC is getting back to normal after the trauma of September 11, 2001 (9/11).  George W. Bush is President and Hillary Clinton, former First Lady and now Senator for New York, already has her eye on higher things.  One morning Su Soeung, who first came to the US as a child refugee from Cambodia and the horrors of Pol Pot, receives a job offer from SAVE, an international charity specializing in relief work in Cambodia. This is the beginning of an extraordinary trail of events. Su's efforts to discover the fate of her father, Hong Soeung, who 'disappeared' during Cambodia's Pol Pot nightmare, seem to be inextricably intertwined with politics at the highest level. Just how much did the US know about Pol Pot and his band of 'brothers'? What deals were done between Washington and Beijing?  And, in the end, was Hong Soeung, Su’s father, a hero or a villain? 

About the author: Stanley Johnson, 80, is a former MEP and author of 25 books, including 12 non-fiction works on environmental topics. He won the Greenpeace Prize and RSPCA’s Richard Martin Award in 1984 and the RSPB Medal and the WWF Leader in the Living Planet Award in 2015. He joined the Conservative Environmental Network (CEN) as International Ambassador in February of 2021 saying, ‘Having campaigned on wildlife conservation throughout my career I am also passionate about the need to halt and reverse biodiversity loss.’ He has appeared on I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here, Celebrity Mastermind and The Real Marigold Hotel.



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