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Tamil Tigress

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In 1987, seventeen-year-old Niromi de Soyza shocked her middle-class Sri Lankan family by joining the Tamil Tigers. Equipped with a rifle and cyanide capsule she was one of the rebels' first female soldiers. Now married and living in suburban Sydney, this is her story of her time as a guerrilla.


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Niromi de Soyza speaks fluent Tamil and Sinhalese and writes vivid beautiful English. For many years she worked for the Red Cross in Sydney, where she still lives with her husband and two young children.


Tamil Tigress is a fascinating account of her radicalisation, stemming from the horrors she witnessed as a child and the losses that shattered her family and community. She captures a uniquely personal vision of Tamil Sri Lanka and the strangeness of childhood joys experienced amid bloodshed and family fracturing... This is a book about suffering, resilience and personal strength that I found ultimately unsettling and uniquely insightful. * Good Reading * De Soyza's beautifully written debut is a reflection on her journey from naive girl to woman. * Newcastle Herald * Beautifully written. * Sunday Herald Sun * De Soyza shines a light both on her personal experience and a political situation that is too little known * Saturday Age * More than a military memoir, this is a humanising account of the tragedy of war. * Courier Mail *

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