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The Devil’s Road to Kathmandu – Review at The Dorset Book Detective

A brand new and very kind review of my first novel, The Devil’s Road to Kathmandu, at The Dorset Book Detective. Thanks! A snappy thriller with strong characterisation and witty dialogue, The Devil’s Road to Kathmandu is an entertaining read with as many plot twists as it has droll one liners.   Tom Vater’s novel […]

My catalogue of field recordings from Asia at The British Library.

Between 1995 and 2004 I recorded several hundred hours of music and sounds from Asia for The British Library’s National Sound Archive – material from Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, The Philippines, Indonesia, Vietnam, Pakistan, India and Nepal. I recorded mostly the music of minorities and musicians in remote rural locations. I released several CD collections of […]

British Library holds a significant collection of Lao material – including unpublished recordings of remote populations by Tom Vater

Hmong Lao Khaen player in Vientiane 2001 The British Library holds a small but significant collection of Lao material, consisting of manuscripts, rare printed books, periodicals and post cards, mainly acquired after 1973. However, the oldest items in Lao language date back to the 19th century. The earliest book about Laos is in Italian and […]

The Devil’s Road to Kathmandu reviewed at The Crime Segments

“There are plenty of unique, crazy and offbeat characters that fill this novel, and the author has a keen eye for detail.  The part of this story that took place in the Blue Parrot is one of my favorites, and is an excellent example of how the author sets a scene that sucks the reader […]

The Kalash – My 1998 trip to Pakistan as The British Library researcher

In 1998 I traveled from Kathmandu to Istanbul overland. At the time I was recording indigenous music across Asia in collaboration with The British Library’s National Sound Archive/International Music Collection. I recorded street musicians, folk musicians, religious performers and street corner drunks. I worked in Nepal, India, The Philippines, Thailand, Iran and Pakistan. In Pakistan, […]

Tom Vater interviewed by Pat Bertram

I have been interviewed about my first novel, The Devil’s Road to Kathmandu, out now with Crime Wave Press,  on Pat Bertram’s literary blog.

The Devil’s Road to Kathmandu goes Kindle on amazon UK

First published in 2006, this new edition of The Devil’s Road to Kathmandu, my first novel, has been called a better backpacker novel than The Beach by The Bangkok Post and is now available as a Kindle ebook on amazon UK, published by Crime Wave Press. What’s inside: In 1976, four friends, Dan, Fred, Tim […]

Marc Eberle – Cutting Edge Films on Asia

Check out the new website of German film director Marc Eberle, a long time collaborator who specializes in directing cutting-edge documentaries on Asian subjects. Marc has covered human trafficking on the Indian subcontinent (Nepal’s Sold Out Daughters, 2001), the world’s greatest gathering of human beings, the Maha Kumbh Mela in Allahabad, India (The Greatest Show […]

The Devil’s Road to Kathmandu – A novel by Tom Vater

When Dan, Tim and Fred, three naive hippies, set off from London to Kathmandu with few funds and a dodgy bus, a drug deal in Pakistan seems like the most common sense way to make the journey pay. But the mountains of the Hindu Kush, a mysterious Frenchman, a set of Iranian Siamese Twins cum nightclub singers, […]

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