The Lizard Cage
Winner of The Orange Broadband Prize for New Writers
Teza, a Burmese student, is seven years into a twenty-year sentence in solitary confinement. Cut off from his friends and family he endures the horrific conditions as best he can with resourcefulness, Buddhist patience and humour. But he desperately searches for news in every being and object that is grudgingly allowed into his cell.
Despite his isolation, Teza has a profound impact on a conscience-riddled senior jailer and a young orphan boy, 'Little Brother', who is growing up inside the prison walls and knows nothing of a world without pain or brutality. But when the boy is caught up in a cruel warden's attempt to frame Teza and lengthen his sentence, a desperate race for survival begins.