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    Start a new chapter at the 47th Book Fair

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 28/03/2019

    » Time to get more shelf space as the 47th National Book Fair and Bangkok International Book Fair 2019 begins on Thursday. Splurge on good deals at Queen Sirikit National Convention Center from now until April 7. The book fair has always been popular for its staggering amount of titles and publishers that always fill the halls. From lesser-known independent publishers to big names, visitors can experience the vast literary landscape of Thailand right in one place.

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    Turning cheeks and pages

    Life, Chris Baker, Published on 06/09/2018

    » Egyptian mummies who come to life as sexy nymphets. Thai princes driving fast cars. A Thai superwoman who casually murders several husbands. Starlets touting breast-enhancement techniques. For a book about "nationalism and identity in modern Thai literature", this volume has a few surprises.

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    Of royals and carnivores

    Life, Published on 27/07/2018

    » The past, Julian Barnes once wrote, has a way of behaving like a piglet, greased up and let loose in a room. It makes a lot of noise. People make fools of themselves trying to capture it. Invariably, it slips away.

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    The Shakespeare brothers

    Life, Published on 06/04/2018

    » Unlike many historical fiction writers, Brit Bernard Cornwell doesn't specialise in a particular period. Rather, his interests encompass virtually the lot. And when he chooses a popular age, it's because he finds something in his research that his colleagues have missed.

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    The Dark Ages

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 08/09/2017

    » I was taught that the Roman Empire fell to the barbarians in 476 AD. My next grade teacher was vague. There were the Dark Ages, Medieval times and Middle Ages. I heard the word Byzantine only once, when the Turks captured Constantinople in 1455 AD. The Crusades took place halfway between.

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    Pulling it all together

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 21/07/2017

    » What I learned from years of backpacking is that there's no single pattern of development. Every country I've been to has had its unique history, which is why the prospect of globalisation is incongruous and why mother countries couldn't hold on to their colonies.

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    Respected Southeast Asian history scholar, Michael Vickery, dies

    Life, Chris Baker, Published on 07/07/2017

    » With the death of Michael Vickery in Battambang, Cambodia last Thursday, Southeast Asian history lost a giant.

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    Open season on IS

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 27/04/2017

    » Though the president of the United States is a character in more than a few novels, he is a product of the authors' imaginations and bears little if any resemblance to the actual incumbents. In some stories he's idealised, in others vilified.

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    Be wary of your spouse

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 16/05/2016

    » It's said that men marry for sex, women for security. An oversimplification yet consistent with the undeniable fact that each party enters matrimony with expectations. Before exchanging vows, they've probably discussed and agreed on children, one or two jobs, family relations, domicile, time with friends.

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    The business of shared Indonesian and Thai history

    Life, Published on 05/10/2015

    » The story of the life and times of Liem Sioe Liong (1917-2012), one of the most powerful overseas Chinese tycoons of Southeast Asia in the 1980s and 1990s, is a fascinating tale of an impoverished Fujian immigrant who arrived in Indonesia in his twenties. Over the next half century, he rose to achieve extraordinary wealth in Suharto's Indonesia and went on to play pivotal role in supporting Suharto's economic development programme.

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