Author Charmaine Craig’s mother, Louisa Benson, competes in a beauty pageant in Rangoon, in 1956. Picture: courtesy of Charmaine Craig

Miss Burma tells the troubled history of a little-known country from a new perspective

Charmaine Craig’s novel is a fictionalised account of her mother’s extraordinary life, from growing up in Burma during the Japanese occupation to winning the national beauty pageant and becoming an army commander’s wife

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Author Charmaine Craig’s mother, Louisa Benson, competes in a beauty pageant in Rangoon, in 1956. Picture: courtesy of Charmaine Craig
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