Holiday in Cambodia by Laura Jean McKay | Black Inc.

Holiday in Cambodia

Awards for Holiday in Cambodia

  • Shortlisted, Glenda Adams Award for new writing in the 2014 NSW Premier's Literary Awards
  • Shortlisted, Steele Rudd Award for a short story collection in the 2014 Queensland Literary Awards
  • Shortlisted, 2015 Asher Literary Award

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About the author

Laura Jean McKay

Laura Jean McKay is the author of Holiday in Cambodia, shortlisted for the NSW Premier’s Literary Award 2014. Laura’s writing has been published in The Best Australian Stories, The Big Issue, Meanjin, Going Down Swinging and The …

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Praise for Holiday in Cambodia

‘Each of these stories is like catching a snippet of a conversation or looking into a lit window in a dark night, and loitering longer than you should to hear and see what characters inadvertently reveal about themselves. Holiday in Cambodia shows the ugly side of post-colonial tourism as well as moments of great pathos and dignity; in a compelling and empathetic voice.’ —Alice Pung

‘Mckay’s artful balancing of strong themes with perceptive detail, even humour, allows Holiday in Cambodia to explore what many of its characters are only half-heartedly searching for: the real Cambodia, a country still trying to recover.’ —Australian Book Review


‘The range of perspectives offered across these stories works like word of mouth, building a picture of a country on trust.’ —Australian


‘A serious and impressive attempt to engage with Cambodia in all its pock-marked history.’ —Sunday Age


‘Polished, Hemingwayesque snapshots, vivid and atmospheric’ —Steven Carroll