I'm always looking for new forms for my writing. Over the years I've published fiction long and short, essays, poems and light verse and enjoyed working with every medium. If there's one thing that I hope these books have in common, it's humour. I hope you have as good a time reading my books as I had when writing them.
If You Can't Stand The Fun,
New! Topical sonnets for our age
In this collection of 36 new sonnets, I've tried to contrast the ‘innocence’ of pre-industrial man, living in balance with nature, with the ‘experience’ of our modern condition.
We have over-populated our little Earth, pushing other species to the margins or to extinction, wasting resources and polluting our very own habitat with our waste. Without a radical change in direction, the future looks bleak for mankind.
The inspiration for this book comes from Songs of Innocence and Experience by poet and illustrator William Blake (1757-1827). Though Blake’s concept of ‘the Fall of Man’ was more spiritual than practical, in keeping with the perspective of his age, the contrast with my premise is not as stark as you might expect. Despite his visionary insights, Blake had no conception of how far we would fall 200 years after his death, taking mankind to the brink not only of spiritual, but existential, disaster. More>> Buy ebook or paperback >> Samples>>
The Thailand Sonnets
What could be more unusual, and more alluring, than a collection of 38 sonnets all about modern life in Thailand?
Most people, including me, think of the sonnet as a rather dry form of verse, but in fact the rhythm and rhyme a sonnet requires make it proceed at a rollicking pace and the discipline of getting your point across in only 14 lines cuts the waffle and encourages economy of expression.
If you want to know about making merit, ladyboys, elephants, bar ladies, Songkhran, the jungle and all the other things that go with living in one of the most fascinating countries in Asia, then you may well enjoy this book. Reviews>> More>> En francais>> Samples>>
Selected Short Stories of Thailand
SamplesThis new book is a personal selection of short stories about Thailand made by my old friend and noted literary editor Robert Johnstone. The eighteen stories are drawn from all four of my story collections. In his introduction, Johnstone writes: "these stories examine many different aspects (not just that of intermarriage) of the various forms of love affair that spring up between Thailand, its people, its culture and its environment, and those who have come to know it." More>> Reviews>> Samples>>
Return To The Go-Go
This is the second collection of Khun Pobaan's amusing and insightful outpourings about life in Pattaya, essays first published in the blog on this very site. For those with a genuine interest in all things Pattayan, Return to the Go-Go is the only guide you really need. Khun Pobaan’s precise and sometimes painful observations of life are the only true public record of the unique form of civilisation to be found on the Thai eastern seaboard. More>> Reviews>>
Sweet Song of the Siren
With Thailand as the exotic backdrop for many of these eleven tales, we meet a wide range of intriguing characters: men and women, foreigners and Thais, humans and... well, others. There's a murderer who sees himself in stone, an old woman dying of dementia, a troupe of argumentative monkeys, a man who finds a stash of love letters to his wife, some guy who falls in love with a body-part, and Kress, Thailand's most urbane private investigator, who has to cope with two lost boys. Humour and tragedy, plots with a twist, and always something to make you think. More>> Aussi en français>> Reviews>>