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    A bright spark

    Life, Parisa Pichitmarn, Published on 18/05/2018

    » Upon first meeting, Prof Yongyuth Yuthavong comes across as the sort of intelligent, all-knowing grandfather we'd all like to have and it's no surprise that he's something of a superstar in the world of science.


    The enemy is them

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 06/10/2017

    » Yank seafarer and treasure hunter Clive Cussler is a prolific author of adventure stories, several co-authored. His series include Dirk Pitt, Sam and Remi Fargo, Isaac Bell, Kurt Austin and The Oregon Files. To his credit they are all popular. Dirk Pitt perhaps the most.


    Lowbrow reads

    Guru, Jarupat Buranastidporn, Published on 28/04/2017

    » In lieu of the opening of the Bangkok City Library (a four-story library that -- ironically -- is currently struggling to fill up its shelves with books), it's only fitting we celebrate the city's efforts to provide the public with something more useful than another condominium, shopping mall or public transport filled with new rail lines that don't interlink.


    The Chinese spy

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 10/02/2017

    » If the majority of cloak and dagger scriveners are to be believed, look no further than the CIA for enemy spies (or MI6 as the case may be). In their espionage thrillers, both top secret intelligence agencies are infested with foreign moles and domestic traitors, often in high positions.


    The gift of reading

    Life, Published on 12/12/2016

    » It's that time of year when we ask people in different fields to share one book they've read, loved and would recommend as a New Year pressie


    Take a flip trip

    Muse, Duangphat Sitthipat, Published on 02/05/2015

    » New York City, San Francisco, Paris, Barcelona, Tokyo. You might wonder what there possibly is in these cities that has yet to be explored. And you might also wonder why you need a travel guidebook for cities you may have visited countless times before.


    Say it with flowers

    Muse, Arusa Pisuthipan, Published on 23/08/2014

    » When ex-ballet dancer Stephen Wicks proposed an idea of opening a flower shop to his also ex-ballet dancer friend Mark Welford as their pre-retirement plan, Wicks said all they needed were "some buckets, a cold tap and a pair of scissors".


    A force of nature

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 28/09/2017

    » Lee Child was a passable British author when he decided to try his luck in the States. It was a fortuitous decision. While the US doesn't lack detective thriller writers, he proved better than most.


    Claire Keefe-Fox on the historical fiction she reads when she's not writing it

    Life, Parisa Pichitmarn, Published on 14/03/2016

    » French-American author Claire Keefe-Fox was recently in town to lead a historical-fiction writing workshop at Bangkok Edge and to launch her latest and first English-language novel, Siamese Tears (published in Thai last October). Having garnered popularity for her books about a Greek adventurer turned prime counsellor to King Narai -- Constantine Phaulkon -- her latest historical outing puts readers in the shoes of a young Brit-French belle who witnesses the intriguing games of colonial powerplay between the French and British in Siam in the late 1800s. Revolving around events that led to the Paknam Incident during the Franco-Siamese War, this book is a blend of fact and fiction that comes to life thanks to the author's scrupulous research in academic books, biographies and French diplomatic archives.  


    Mind over matter

    Life, Published on 08/06/2015

    » Not many Thai books address the issue of mental illness. But breaking the taboo came Reung Lao Jark Phoo Kao Nam Kaeng (Tales From The Tip Of An Iceberg), a memoir from Khaisri Wisutthipinetr based on her experience of being treated for bipolar disorder. She recovered from the illness five years ago, and her book won last year's Naiin Book Award in the non-fiction category. It still holds strong on the Thai-language best-selling list.

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