Ann Bennett writes historical fiction mainly about the second world war in South East Asia. Her writing was originally inspired by researching her father's experience as a prisoner of war on the Thai-Burma Railway. Her first book, a Daughter's Quest (originally titled Bamboo Heart) won the Asian Books Blog book of the year award for fiction. She has also written Bamboo Island, Bamboo Road and The Foundling's Daughter. A Daughter's Promise is her fifth book.