The following article by Claire Woods from the Travellers Bookstore appeared in the Travel section of The Age on Saturday 14 October, entitled ‘Take a novel approach’:
“We travellers enjoy reading guide books and travel literature and also novels set in the faraway places we have visited or would like to visit. And for those of us devotees of crime fiction, novels set in our favourite cities evoke a sense of place we cannot ordinarily get from a guide book.
“Ian Rankin’s Edinburgh comes to mind, as does Sara Paretsky’s Chicago. Their fictional characters take us deep into the psyche of their respective cities, making us want to visit them if we haven’t already, or adding a new dimension if we have.
“Melbourne-born writer Angela Savage has achieved this with her debut detective novel Behind the night bazaar, set in Thailand. Her protagonist Jayne Keeney is an Australian in her 30s, living and working in Bangkok. She heads north to Chiang Mai to visit friends and finishes up embroiled in a brutal murder case, up against corrupt police and thuggish expatriates profiting from the seedy sex industry.
“Savage’s descriptions of her surroundings display a deep understanding of Thailand and its customs. Her PI Jayne Keeney is a resourceful and thoroughly likeable character who transports us into a seamier side of Thai life we would not expect to encounter on a tourist visit.
“For those of us who may be frightened by it, Savage stresses that it is a fiction and not at all as dangerous for us as it is for Jayne Keeney.”
At the invitation of the Travellers Bookstore, on Thurs 26 October I will be speaking about travel in Thailand and my novel Behind the Night Bazaar. The Travellers Bookstore is located at 294 Smith St, Collingwood, and the evening of food, drinks and discussion kicks off at 6pm. For more information call 9417 4179 or email firstname.lastname@example.org Warning: there will be a brief slideshow!