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Circus shows temple tourists another side of Cambodia in The Nikkei Asian Review

Circus shows temple tourists another side of Cambodia – Creative training offers an alternative lifestyle for young performers SIEM REAP, Cambodia — It is a stiflingly hot Friday evening in Siem Reap, western Cambodia. The big top is packed, and there is an air of excitement as 300 or so spectators squeeze onto narrow wooden […]

Bangkok’s ‘motorcycle mamas’ roar into men’s world – in the Nikkei Asian Review

My latest article with Laure Siegel in the Nikkei Asian Review looks at how women enter the motorcycle taxi workforce in Bangkok, a traditionally male bastion. With fewer and fewer job opportunities for unskilled Thai women, riding a motorcycle taxi remains one profession that promises a degree of independence and freedom. Read Bangkok’s ‘motorcycle mamas’ […]

Saigon Dark, published by Crime Wave Press

Very pleased to be publishing SAIGON DARK by Elka Ray this month. The first novel by a female author published by Crime Wave Press (we are keen but more than 90% of the submissions we get are by men) had me on the edge of my seat throughout. Good and bad. Life and death. Some […]

Paul Brazill interviews The Man with the Golden Mind

Crime writer Paul Brazill interviews me about my current crime fiction projects including the republication of my 1960s CIA thriller The Man with the Golden Mind, featuring former war correspondent turned Detective Maier. The second Maier mystery is currently published by Crime Wave Press in ebook format. Julia Rendel asks Maier to investigate the twenty-five […]

Pangrok Sulap – The Ranau Art Collective in Borneo – in RISE TATTOO Magazine

Pangrok Sulap – The Ranau Art Collective in the shadow of Mount Kinabalu. Text by Laure Siegel, photos by me, for Rise Tattoo Magazine, part of the French publication’s coverage of tattoo culture in Borneo.  

Steven Seagal loves Sak Yant…and Sacred Skin

A copy of Sacred Skin has found its way into the hands of action actor and martial arts wizard Steven Seagal, via the incredible Sak Yant master Arjanneng Onnut Sakyant!

Vint Lawrence – CIA handler of General Vang Pao dies

I somehow missed the recent passing of Vint Lawrence, CIA handler of notorious Hmong General Vang Pao in Long Cheng, Laos, in the early 60s, who threw his secret agent career away to become a political cartoonist in Washington. Read an obituary and summary of Vint’s remarkable life here. Vint Lawrence is interviewed in the […]

Bangkok Noir: Crime Fiction in the City of Angels – Jonathan DeHart in The Diplomat

Jonathan DeHart writes an in-depth article on Bangkok crime fiction in The Diplomat today. Thailand’s capital is home to a vibrant community of writers exploring the city’s vast underbelly. Excellent overview of some the city’s literary forces. Great to be interviewed for this piece and wonderful to see Crime Wave Press being mentioned. Authors James […]

Balancing tradition and protest in Borneo – Nikkei Asian Review

I am very happy to have published a feature with Laure Siegel on the very brilliant anarchist art collective Pungrok Sulap in Ranau, Borneo in the Nikkei Asian Review this week. Read the full text here.

Moon Angkor Wat Reloaded – Second Edition out now

I have been busy promoting the new second edition of Moon Angkor Wat, published by Avalon Publishing in the US, which is out now. Some of my thoughts on community tourism, gay and lesbian travelers, volunteering and travel photography in Cambodiacan be found here.

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