Good news this week from the Publicity, Marketing and Sales Manager at Text Publishing: Thailand’s largest book seller, Asia Books, has ordered 70 copies of Behind the Night Bazaar, due to be dispatched to Bangkok within days.
Needless to say, I am thrilled by this development, and very keen to from hear Thai readers about what they/you think of the novel. So if there are any Thai people reading this, the first person to write in this website with a review–positive, negative or neutral–of my novel Behind the Night Bazaar will have a character in my next novel named after them. That’s a promise.
Of course, if it’s a negative review, the character will be a ‘baddie’.
In other news, I’ll be at the Ascot Vale Library on Thursday 7 June 2007 to give a talk–see the blurb on the Moonee Valley City Council website for details. The site also lists my five favourite books. Feel free to send yours in–as some of my friends and family members have already done–and just see if you can stick to five.
In honour of Behind the Night Bazaar being (almost) on it’s way to Asia Books, here are my Top Five Books Set in Thailand:
People of Esarn, Monsoon Country and Tales of Thailand by Pira Sudham – it might seem like cheating to name three books by the same author, but for people like me who can’t read Thai, Sudham’s evocative stories offer unique insights into the lives of rural Thai communities.
Jasmine Nights by S P Somtow – though comparisons with J D Sallinger are disputed by some readers, Somtow’s coming-of-age novel is witty, sexy and lush, lingering like the scent of frangipani in humid weather.
Bangkok 8 by John Burdett – faster paced than Bangkok traffic on the toll roads, this thrilling crime novel introduces police detective and living Buddhist saint Sonchai Jitpleecheep on the path to solving some imaginatively executed, well, executions. (Unfortunately the sequel, Bangkok Tattoo, was a disappointment).