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Carrion floating by

by Chart Korbjitti

Trigger a car crash and you are fair game.

A laugh-aloud look at the workings of Thai society today when it comes to milking a sucker dry.

But when said sucker is into advertising, isn't it tit for tat?

By the...


Lord of the land

by Wimon Sainimnuan

 Against a background of frenzied land speculation

where all sorts of dirty tricks are par for the course,

who of Abbot Nian and Kharm the Medium

will emerge as the Lord of the Land?

The increasingly

heated...


Khoak Phranang

by Wimon Sainimnuan

 What happens to common country folk 

when they are caught in the jaws 

of wayward religion and superstition?

This is what happens, at Khoak Phranang, 

the epicentre of rural Thailand in the 1990s.

A short,...


The Medium

by Wimon Sainimnuan

  One way out of crippling poverty 

is by putting yourself at the service

of the spirits of the land

– folk credulity will do the rest.

Thus is born the Medium,

pitting himself against unethical Buddhist monks...


Wanlaya's love

by SEINEE SAOWAPHONG

Paris after the Second World War: 

the Left Bank, Montmartre and Picasso's dove. 

Wanlaya is a Thai music student 

with challenging ideas and challenged friends, 

all engaged in their own ways 

in a search...


The field of the great

by MALAI CHOOPHINIT

 This vivid chronicle of an upcountry district in the heart of Siam 

is told through the rise of Ruen, an aspiring timber trader 

who leads a small community of farmers in its fight against nature 

and against...


Snakes

by Wimon Sainimnuan

Monks, murder, money, miracles and mystifications. 

Snakes galore and sleazy slitherings 

intertwined with scandal, suicide and rape 

in the central Thai village of Khoak Phranang 

– the first of a celebrated...


Of time and tide

by ATSIRI THAMMACHOAT

Little people, simple lives, modest dreams,

traditional beliefs, petty fights, tragic accidents, 

and the dictates of the authorities: 

how fishermen alienate themselves from nature 

and lose their moorings...


Cobra

by WANIT JARUNKIT-ANAN

 A man, a woman (or two) and ... a snake.

The national bestseller of 1987.


Venom

by Saneh Sangsuk

 A crippled boy plays with his puppets and dreams of glory

until the female cobra he disturbs by his show rushes at him.

The life-and-death struggle that follows has but a predictable end

– or has it?

 

This...


Time in a bottle

by PRAPHATSORN SEIWIKUN

This national bestseller, emblematic of the 1970s student generation,

explores the generation gap between parents and children

in a Bangkok middle-class family,

the pains of growing up

and tug-of-war between...


The judgment

by Chart Korbjitti

This epoch-making novel, set in the rural central Thailand of the 1980s,

is a scathing satire and chilling endictment of modern society,

which makes heroes of 'fuckin' cheats'

and condemns upright citizens...


The History of Jemmy and Jenny Jessamy

by Eliza Haywood

The author of over eighty novels, plays, and volumes of poetry, Eliza Haywood is one of the most prolific and high-profile female authors of the eighteenth century. Her last novel, The History of Jemmy and Jenny...


Jane and the Canterbury Tale: Being A Jane Austen Mystery

Jane Austen #11

by Stephanie Barron

Three years after news of her scandalous husband’s death, Adelaide Fiske is at the altar again, her groom a soldier on the Marquis of Wellington’s staff. The prospects seem bright for one of the most notorious...


Blueprints for Building Better Girls: Fiction

by Elissa Schappell

Elissa Schappell’s Use Me introduced us to a writer of extraordinary talent, whose “sharp, beautiful, and off-kilter debut” (Jennifer Egan) garnered critical acclaim and captivated readers. In Blueprints...


Hav

by Jan Morris & Ursula K. Le Guin

A New York Review Books Original

Hav is like no place on earth. Rumored to be the site of Troy, captured during the crusades and recaptured by Saladin, visited by Tolstoy, Hitler, Grace Kelly, and Princess Diana,...


What's for Dinner?

by James Schuyler & James Mccourt

James Schuyler's utterly original What's for Dinner? features a cast of characters who appear to have escaped from a Norman Rockwell painting to run amok. In tones that are variously droll, deadpan, and lyrical,...


Restless

Costa Book Award for Best Novel 2006

by William Boyd

A masterful and thrilling espionage novel from one of the most talented authors of his generation. Full of tension and drama, emotion and history, this is storytelling at its finest.


The Line of Beauty

Man Booker Prize 2004

by Alan Hollinghurst

The National Bestseller, Winner of the 2004 Man Booker Prize for Fiction, and National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist.


JPod

by Douglas Coupland

The perfect vehicle for [Coupland's] funny and poignant evocations of near-term nostalgia...there is brilliance at work in JPod.-Los Angeles Times