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Interview by Fiona McVie

I’ve been interviewed by Fiona McVie about my life as a writer. And here’s me with my friend and fellow Crime Wave Press owner Hans Kemp. Fiona: What book are you reading now? Just finished The Butterfly by James M Cain, about a man sleeping with his daughter. Not perhaps in the league as his […]

Tom Vater – Crime fiction writer, Journalist, Publisher – at Clippings.me

Here’s my new and very slick professional profile at Clippings.me. Thanks for taking a look. Sure beats LinkedIn.

A Day in the Life – Asia, mon Amour

Asia, mon amour. Every time I go out in the street in my adopted continent, I see something that, by the central European standards I grew up with, is outrageous, logic defying, irresponsible, shocking or at the very least unusual. Sometimes it is terrible, at other times beautiful. Sometimes it is trivial,sometimes sublime, at other […]

A Day in the Life – Photo Moments of a Territorial Agnostic

Where it all started – standing atop a sand dune in the Draa Valley around Zagora in southern Morrocco in 1992. It looked and was unbearably romantic. I can still smell the sand today. Zagora was to become one of the main locations for the shoot of Paul Bowles‘ incredible novel The Sheltering Sky which […]

Tom Vater, Author & Traveller

Tom Vater has a dream job: as a travel and guidebook writer, he constantly explores Asian roads to get the details right and inspire others to start their own adventures. Writer Marco Ferrarese, author of seminal punk rock novel Nazi Goreng, recently interviewed me about my early travel exploits in Asia. Read the full story […]

Conversation in the City of Angels

Shooting the breeze with my friend Cameron Cooper, editor of several Crime Wave Press titlees as well as my illustrated books Sacred Skin, Burmese Light and Cambodia, Journey through the Land of the Khmer, high above the Bangkok, City of Angels, a few nights ago. Photograph by Charlie Londs.,

A Life Lived On The Road

A slightly worn version of myself nicely captured by the inimitable Viraj Singh at Ta Prohm, Cambodia a couple of weeks ago. Been on the road for so long, 20 + years, that travel has become a permanent state of mind, all experiences are thankfully transient and most reflections turn into stories that continue to […]

British Library holds a significant collection of Lao material – including unpublished recordings of remote populations by Tom Vater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

Happy New Year and thanks to all my Readers

It’s a Hard Road to The Cambodian Book of the Dead!!!

Advanced reading copies from Exhibit A Books. Chuffed. Quite moved. Quite indescribable feeling… Detective Maier is on his way…. into hell and back….and a book shop near you!!!

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