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    Ace hitchhiker

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 02/03/2018

    » British expatriate Lee Child has become perhaps the most respected thriller novelist in the US. His blurbs for colleagues' books send sales soaring. Jack Reacher, his literary creation, is a household name. Tom Cruise has played him in two successful movies.

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    Dissecting a nation

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 19/06/2017

    » Pasuk Phongpaichit's and Chris Baker's house is a verdant abode at the end of a maze in an Ekamai sub-soi. The garden at the back has tall trees and a small, tea-coloured pond. The whole area used to be a swamp, said Baker. The couple, both highly respected scholars in Thai studies, have been living there since 1987, or in their lexicon, "just before the boom" -- the high-flying economic expansion whose seismic shifts forever transformed Thailand in the early 1990s. Had they wanted to purchase the plot slightly later than they actually did -- after the boom had set in -- they wouldn't have been able to. "We came just before the high-rises."

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    Reinventing oneself

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 20/06/2016

    » It isn't uncommon for people to reinvent themselves when they move to another country. Doing so in their homeland is difficult, as they may well be recognised, even of they undergo cosmetic surgery. Yours truly had an interview column for a while, and more than a few subjects (farangs) made up lies about themselves as they went along.

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    Casting off the evils of apartheid

    Life, Published on 19/01/2015

    » The story of Zelda la Grange, Nelson Mandela's personal secretary, is about personal growth and social change. Her story begins with institutionalised racism.

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    The illegal amendment

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 13/07/2015

    » Like his previous books, The Patriot Threat is historical fiction with real and imaginary characters. Where it differs is in its economics emphasis. There are lots of facts and figures and jumps in American history, from the 18th century to the present.

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    Textbook Thailand: Truth & Fiction

    Life, Published on 20/10/2014

    » 'I want to be a farmer," says a little girl character in a primary school textbook from the series "Tales With A Hundred Lines". "But my social class doesn't allow it. My mother has asked me to stay home, so she no longer has to worry about taking care of the household."

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    Minority of one

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 28/04/2014

    » I don’t know if it is so in real life, but literary sleuths — male and female — abound. Cops and private eyes, doctors and lawyers, government, military, old biddies, archaeologists. Thriller writers base their stories on actual and imaginary crimes. In either case, readers want them to be interesting.

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    The confidant of kings

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 07/04/2014

    » He was the sole tutor of two Thai monarchs — King Ananda Mahidol, Rama VIII, and HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej. In Switzerland in 1936, Cleon Seraidaris, a lawyer, started guiding the young King Rama VIII and Prince Bhumibol towards their educational goals. Up until his death in 1997, his close ties and devotion to HM the King and the royal family of Thailand remained strong.

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    Economic answers

    Life, Published on 16/12/2013

    » Ample space is needed to describe the eclectic roles of Decharut Sukkamnoed, a lecturer on economics at Kasetsart University. The man has many hats and wears them becomingly. He's an expert on renewable energy and public policy, an activist, a published writer and a do-it-yourself dad who has turned his home into a laboratory for his family's project on energy consumption and self-sufficient lifestyles. This, consequently, is the subject of his latest book, Ban Nee DIY (DIY House), co-written with his wife Roongthip and winner of this year's Luk Lok Si Keow (Green Globe Award) literary prize.

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    Do rights matter in Thailand?

    Life, Chris Baker, Published on 30/09/2013

    » Fifteen years ago, "M.56" was spray-painted all over sites of environmental protest like a spell to ward off evil. The clause in the 1997 Constitution that guaranteed the rights of local communities over natural resources bore the number 56. This clause and the formation of the National Human Rights Commission raised great expectations that the authorities would no longer be able to use "development" and "national security" as justification for riding roughshod over local communities. That hope turned out to be somewhat forlorn.

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