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The Tom Vater Collection at the British Library to be digitally preserved

This recording is part of the Tom Vater Collection (C799) at the British Library. A longer extract has been published on The Moken: sea gypsies of the Andaman Sea (Topic Records TSCD919, 2001).  The full collection also includes recordings from India, Laos and Cambodia. It will be digitally preserved as part of the Unlocking our […]

Crime Wave Press publish first YA title – The Murder Boys by John B Bliss

Crime Wave Press have published their first Young Adult crime novel – The  Murder Boys. I had a lot of fun editing this gripping and touching story that took place during an English summer almost four decades ago. “It will stay with you for life boy. Either way you’ll pay for it in your soul, […]

British Library holds a significant collection of Lao material – including unpublished recordings of remote populations by Tom Vater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

Thailand: Murder in the Land of Smiles in The Diplomat

The country’s tourism sector is taking a hit following a high-profile murder case and a bungled police response. My report in last week’s The Diplomat.

RocknRoll Interlude – On Tour with The London Dirthole Company

I’ve been on tour with The London Dirthole Company, legendary London based noise creatives. The music made by The London Dirthole Company is a joyful ride into the world of the modern Outsider artist as a musical phenomena. As out of time and place and unreservedly important as The Fall, The Monks and The Velvet […]

The Man with the Golden Mind – Cover Preview….

The Man with the Golden Mind,  the second Detective Maier Mystery and follow-up to The Cambodian Book of the Dead is out in the US and UK with Exhibit A Books in April.

Burmese Light is #1 at Amazon UK!

Burmese Light is #1 at Amazon UK in books about Myanmar this week. We have had magnificent press coverage in The Daily Telegraph, The Guardian and on Yahoo News.

The Cambodian Book of the Dead Launch at The Big Green Bookshop in London

The London launch of my new thriller The Cambodian Book of the Dead went off beautifully, with lots of old friends and new readers showing up to my reading. Thanks to everyone who turned up! Commissioning editor Emlyn Rees from Exhibit A Books did the best introduction I’ve ever had and the Q&A was interesting. […]

Out today in the US…The Cambodian Book of the Dead

I am extremely delighted that Exhibit A Books have published my second novel THE CAMBODIAN BOOK OF THE DEAD in the US today. The UK edition is out in a couple of weeks. The novel featuring the German detective Maier has a long history which I recently discussed as a guest blogger with Keith Walters. […]

A is for Asia – Exhibit A Press Release for The Cambodian Book of the Dead

UK publisher Exhibit A, a new crime fiction imprint of Angry Robot, have just posted a PRESS RELEASE about signing my novel The Cambodian Book of the Dead and its sequel.

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