Emma Larkin

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Emma Larkin is the pseudonym[1] of an American journalist.

Early life and education[edit]

Larkin was born and raised in Asia, studied the Burmese language at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London


She covers Asia in her journalism from her base in Bangkok. She has been visiting Burma for close to ten years [1]. Here she covers the military dictatorship that rules the country.[2] She is famously known for her coverage of Burma and George Orwell's experience within it in her memoir, Finding George Orwell in Burma.


  • Everything is Broken: The Untold Story of Disaster Under Burma's Military Regime, 2010.
  • Secret Histories: Finding George Orwell in a Burmese Tea Shop, 2005.
    • Reviewed at Amazon [2], The New York Times [3], Powell's Books [4], Hackwriters.com [5]

Awards and honors[edit]

"Finding George" won the Borders Original Voices Award for Non-Fiction in 2005 and was short-listed for the Index on Censorship's Freedom of Expression Award 2005. In 2006, the same book won the Mainichi Shimbun's Asia Pacific Grand Prix Award.[3]