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Falcon: At The Court of Siam by John Hoskin.
 
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Set toward the end of the seventeenth century, Falcon at the Court of Siam recounts the true story of Constantine Phaulkon, a Greek of low birth who spectacularly rose to fame, and infamy, as King Narai's favorite courtier and in effect, if not name, First Minister of Siam.
No other foreigner, before or since, has ever held such a position of power and influence in Siam.
Fleeing from his home on Cephalonia at the age of 11, the Greek became a seaman on English merchant ships for the next twenty years, and then enjoyed a meteoric rise to power in Siam, all the time walking a political tightrope between the ill fated wooing of English and then French allies, and his attempts to outwit dangerous enemies at the Siamese Court who were inflamed by jealousy and anger at his arrogance and ambition.
Against a backdrop of pageantry and peril, Phaulkon pursued a destiny of greatness that he believes was his.
Was he a man who would become king?
A loyal servant to King Narai? Or simply an arrogant, conniving foreigner bent on his own material gain?

 

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G/day Dave We have added the large sofa in the lounge and large armchair and recliner in the bedroom although the recliner can be moved anywhere, also a large Smart TV, its had a paint job a

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Son of a Grifter: The Twisted Tale of Sante and Kenny Kimes, the Most Notorious Con Artists in America: A Memoir by the Other Son
by Kent Walker, Mark Schone.
 
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Reader review;
Entertaining, shocking (in terms of her child abuse, mostly) and bizarre.
Walker's life is almost like a controlled psych experiment of the effects of criminal behavior on a child.
Luckily, he turned out ok but his brother didn't, the reader, like Walker, can't really understand or know how and why Kimes was so compulsively, insanely criminal.
We can guess that her impoverished unstable upbringing, which is mysterious given her compulsive lying, had much to do with it. Walker also credits a neighbor for intervening and giving him some stabilizing influence in his life when he needed it; the men in her life were too much under her sway to be good parents for Walker. Interesting that this neighbor's husband was a retired cop; this would be the perfect couple since she could be the mother figure and a cop could spot Kimes' pathology and not be taken in by her.
 
I won't give it away, but this new edition comes with an epilogue that is every bit as surprising as the rest of the book.
Needless to say, Kimes was a mystery and a shyster from a family of mysterious shysters, apparently.
 
My favorite scene involves Kimes attempting to beat a summons by having a friend dress up as her, as he put it, "identical twin snowbunnies" or some such weirdness, and show up claiming that the 'wrong' Sante had been served! Walker states this was the kind of insanity and boldness that Kimes not only would pull, but could suck other people into participating in.
 
Written in a down-to-earth style that moves along briskly.
Fun, if unnerving and weird. I'm amazed that Walker emerged as a decent person; what a testament to how intervening in the lives of youth at risk can pay off. Hats off to him for surviving this insanity.

 

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The Laws Of Our Fathers by Scott Turow.
 
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In Kindle County, a woman is killed in an apparent random drive by shooting.
The woman turns out to be the ex wife of a prominent state senator and an old acquaintance of Judge Sonia Klonsky, on whose desk the case lands.
As the pursuit of justice takes bizarre and unusual turns, Judge Klonsky is brought face to face with a host of extraordinary personalities and formidable enemies bent on her destruction.

 

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How to Cook Your Daughter: A Memoir by Jessica Hendra & Blake Morrison.
 
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Her dad wrote bestseller Father Joe, but left out a few things.
This is the poignant and ultimately hopeful memoir of a young girl's struggle to live a normal childhood in the '70's and to overcome sexual abuse by her famous father.
 
Jessica Hendra wanted the truth to be told about her father after the publication of his supposedly confessional book, Father Joe.
Her story about how he sexually abused her sent ripples of shock through the media.
 
Readers will see these days through the bewildered eyes of young Jessica and her sister, Kathy, who cowered while the parties went on and on, who couldn't believe that the white powder in the fridge was cocaine and not baking soda, who just wanted a normal life.
 
As a member of the inner circle of both the Monty Python group, an original editor of the National Lampoon, and the man who launched the careers of John Belushi and Chevy Chase, Tony Hendra was often surrounded by famous faces.
Hendra mentions many moments of comedy and humour from her unique childhood.
With insight, a sense of humour, and a beautifully earnest, sensitive voice, Hendra tells a story that too many readers can relate to, that of a young woman whose world spins out of control after someone she trusts sexually abuses her.

 

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The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett.
 
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Set in 12th-century England, Ken Follett The Pillars of the Earth chronicles the building of the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has known and the struggle between good and evil that will turn church against state, brother against brother.
 
Tells the story of Philip, prior of Kingsbridge, a devout and resourceful monk driven to build the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has known; of Tom, the mason who becomes his architect, a man divided in his soul; of the beautiful, elusive Lady Aliena, haunted by a secret shame; and of a struggle between good and evil.

 

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A Death In Tuscany by Michele Giuttari.
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Personal clashes with professional for Michele Ferrara in the second book in the series of compelling and authentic Italian police procedurals In the picturesque Tuscan hill town of Scandicci, the body of a girl is discovered, scantily dressed and lying by the edge of the woods.
After a week the local police investigating the case haven't even identified her, let alone gotten to the bottom of how she died. Frustrated by the lack of progress, Chief Superintendent Michele Ferrara, head of Florence's elite Squadra Mobile, decides to step in. Because toxins were discovered in the girl's body, many assumed that she died of a self-inflicted drugs overdose, but Ferrara quickly realizes that the truth is darker than that: he believes that the girl was murdered.
When he delves deeper, there are many aspects to the case that convince Ferrara that the girl's death is part of a sinister conspiracy
a conspiracy that has its roots in the very foundations of Tuscan society.

 

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SE-ED's Modern Thai-English Dictionary Desk Reference Edition.
 
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Dictionary Thailand - Thai - English edition is a collection of vocabulary words and their meanings in English by the terminology used in the present and in everyday use.
According to a study guide for students and all interested people. The book includes.
* Includes an estimated 30,000 to 80,000 over the English meaning. * Vocabulary modern disciplines.
That have been used in Thailand for example, computer terminology.
Words of Science and Technology Medical terminology, as well as foreign terminology used widely today.
* Beautifully illustrated more clearly than 100 images.
* Design a book with the letters A - Z directed all the pages to find them fast.
* How to use clear and easy to understand.
* Identify the type of The principle of the types of words in Thailand, mostly.
* Definition of terms Based on the type of words in the dictionary meaning Thailand and Thailand.
* Appendix Learning two languages. The words in categories as diverse as plants, animals, food, government elements of countries worldwide Proverbs to search easily and clearly illustrated vocabulary. Obvious
* Durable hardcover book is easy to read, easy to use.
The library and the book home.

 

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Clear Waters Rising: A Mountain Walk Across Europe
by Nicholas Crane.
 
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Nicholas Crane embarks on a journey on foot through some of the remotest parts of Europe, travelling along the chain of mountains that run from the Atlantic in Spain, to Istanbul in the East.
It's not just a story about travel, but also about the human condition, about growth and fulfillment.

 

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God: The Ultimate Autobiography. by Jeremy Pascall.
 
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In most autobiographies the subject starts at the beginning, but in My case that's tricky.
I have no beginning.
And, for that matter, I have no end.
I'm Infinite.

 

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Wit; by Des MacHale.
 
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So begins Wit, a collection of hilarious quotes from the famous and infamous by author Des MacHale.
MacHale has been collecting quotes over the past 20 years from books, magazines, newspapers, radio, television, film, and any other source imaginable.
His criteria for "quotable" quotes is stringent: They must be fresh, concise, and above all, funny!Categorized into 20 chapters such as Food; Politics; Religion; Social Behavior and Manners; Love, Sex, Marriage, Men, and Women; and Lawyers and other Professions, Wit is guaranteed to double up any reader with laughter.
The list of hundreds of celebrities' uproarious, provocative, and sometimes downright dim-witted words includes such quips as:o "For some reason, a glaze passes over people's faces when you say Canada." -Sondra Gottliebo "If it sells, it's art." -Frank Lloydo "I owe a lot to my parents-especially my mother and father." -Gary PlayerWit is refreshingly honest and funny and is sure to become a best-seller!

 

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The Traveller's Handbook; The definitive guide to Travel.
 
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From Planning to Business Travel, Complete and thinks of everything.

 

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The Book of Dreams (Saxon) by Tim Severin.
 
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A haunting premonition.
A deadly betrayal.
Frankia 780AD: Sigwulf, a minor Saxon prince, is saved from execution after his family is slaughtered by the ruthless King Offa of Mercia. Sigwulf is exiled to the Frankish court of King Carolus, the future Charlemagne.
 
He gains the friendship of some, Count Hroudland, Carolus's powerful and ambitious nephew but mysteriously, several attempts are made on Sigwulf’s life.
When he obtains a Book of Dreams, a rare text giving understanding to their meaning, he attracts the attention of Carolus himself.
But the Book proves to be a slippery guide in a world of treachery and double dealing.
Sent into Spain to spy on the Saracens, Sigwulf becomes caught between loyalties; either he honours his debt to new friends among the Saracens, or he serves his patron Count Hroudland in his quest for glory, gold and even the Grail itself . . .

 

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The Watchman, by Chris Ryan.
 
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SAS Captain Alex Temple is on an urgent mission.
Someone has been murdering MI5 officers and it looks as if the killer is an insider, one of the Regiment's own.
Alex's task is to track down and eliminate the killer, and to assist him he is assigned an MI5 liaison officer, the attractive but abrasive Dawn Harding.
 
The body count is mounting and a deadly and relentless manhunt begins.
Soon Alex will learn the bitter truth: in the shadowy battlegrounds of the Intelligence wars there is no good and no evil, only winners and losers.
 
This relentless unputdownable thriller helps establish Chris Ryan as the master of no holds barred action storytelling.
We have a huge selection of Chris Ryan books from 60 baht

 

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A Trail of Fire by Diana Gabaldon.
 
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Four extraordinary stories featuring characters from the bestselling OUTLANDER series.
In Lord John and the Plague of Zombies Lord John Grey is posted to Jamaica to assist the Governor as he faces a most unusual kind of uprising among the colony's slave population.
 
In The Space Between Jamie Fraser's step-daughter Joan is on her way to an abbey in Paris to become a nun, but when she meets the Comte St Germain, a wealthy French aristocrat rumoured to to deal in the occult, she discovers her destiny lies on a quite different path.
 
In The Custom of the Army Lord John Grey is summoned as a witness in a court martial in the wilds of Acadia, only to find himself playing a crucial role in the Battle of Quebec.
 
In A Leaf on the Wind of All Hallows a WW2 Spitfire pilot called Jerry MacKenzie crashes near a stone circle and wakes up in the eighteenth century.
Can the strange man he meets, who impossibly seems to know him help him return to his wife and baby son before a terrible fate overtakes them?

 

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Sword and Scimitar, by Simon Scarrow.
 
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1565, Malta: a vital outpost between the divided nations of Europe and the relentlessly expanding Ottoman Empire.
Faced with ferocious attack by a vast Turkish fleet, the knights of the Order of St John fear annihilation.
Amongst those called to assist is disgraced veteran Sir Thomas Barrett.
Loyalty and instinct compel him to put the Order above all other concerns, yet his allegiance is divided.
At Queen Elizabeth's command, he must search for a hidden scroll, guarded by the knights, that threatens her reign.
 
As Sir Thomas confronts the past that cost him his honour and a secret that has long lain buried, a vast enemy army arrives to lay siege to the island...

 

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The Murder House, by James Patterson & David Ellis.
 
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No. 7 Ocean Drive is a gorgeous, multi million dollar beachfront estate in the Hamptons, where money and privilege know no bounds.
But its beautiful gothic exterior hides a horrific past: it was the scene of a series of depraved killings that have never been solved. Neglected, empty, and rumored to be cursed, it's known as the Murder House, and locals keep their distance.
 
Detective Jenna Murphy used to consider herself a local, but she hasn't been back since she was a girl.
Trying to escape her troubled past and rehabilitate a career on the rocks, the former New York City cop hardly expects her lush and wealthy surroundings to be a hotbed of grisly depravity.
But when a Hollywood power broker and his mistress are found dead in the abandoned Murder House, the gruesome crime scene rivals anything Jenna experienced in Manhattan.
And what at first seems like an open and shut case turns out to have as many shocking Secrets as the Murder House itself, as Jenna quickly realizes that the mansion's history is much darker than even the town's most salacious gossips could have imagined. As more bodies surface, and the secret that Jenna has tried desperately to escape closes in on her, she must risk her own life to expose the truth before the Murder House claims another victim.
 
Full of the twists and turns that have made James Patterson the world's #1 bestselling writer, THE MURDER HOUSE is a chilling, page turning story of murder, money, and revenge.

 

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Complete Photography by Ailsa McWhinnie.
 
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Here's an easy to use guide to taking great pictures with any camera especially digital cameras and equipment.
This comprehensive, up to date manual presents information on both basic techniques and creative photography more clearly and completely than any other book available.

 

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Laugh on the Loo.
 
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A book of bog standard humour.

 

 

"bog standard humour"

 

No shit ? ! :rolleyes:

 

I am reminded that one should never poo-poo a poo-poo  ...  in the words of General Melchett  ..

 

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"bog standard humour"

 

No shit ? ! :rolleyes:

 

I am reminded that one should never poo-poo a poo-poo  ...  in the words of General Melchett  ..

 

We have a Niece here in Thailand named 'Poo' nice girl but smell a bit?

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Going Solo by Roald Dahl.
 
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The second part of Roald Dahl's remarkable life story, following on from Boy.
When he grew up, Roald Dahl left England for Africa and a series of dangerous adventures began.
From tales of plane crashes to surviving snake bites, this is Roald Dahl's extraordinary life before becoming the world's number one storyteller.

 

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Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China by Jung Chang.



 



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Reader review;



Wild Swans is a magnificent book, telling the story of a family over three generations from the Boxer Rebellion, to the People's Revolution and the Cultural Revolutions.



It can be said that China has a most colourful history, but this story is very very black in parts.



Wild Swans will bring you on a journey of love and hope, and it will also throw you into a pit of despair.



Jung Changs experiences through her own eyes and that of her family are brought to life in this book.



The imagery is vivid and the emotions will grab you and tie you down.



Whilst reading Wild Swans I felt anger and hatred at Mao and his minions, I found the events of the cultural revolution insane, Why?



I must have asked this a hundred times, yet Changs explains Mao's magnetism, his ability to manipulate the masses, and the fear he drove deep into the people's hearts.



With one hand he would offer hope and with the other he would bring suffering.



Wild Swans is a prime example of the fight of the human spirit, it is within us all and Changs has brought her family's spirit to life in this book.



If you are considering going to China read this book, it gives a great insight into the minds of the Chinese people.



All though times have changed, they are still a tough, hard worker and honest people who simply hope for a good life.

 


 

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Robert Ludlum's the Arctic Event.
 
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This is an absolutely superb book, just couldn't put it down. ,
Ludlum is an expert in his field, thoroughly researches the geographic areas where the story begins and ends.
I always feel so involved in the story.
So easy to visualize what is happening at all times.
Vivid detail.. One can learn a lot when reading Ludlum's novels chock full of scientific and technological information, government involvements/actions/operatives, what really goes on behind closed doors/other countries.

 

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Blood Count by Robert Goddard.
 
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There's no such thing as easy money.
As surgeon Edward Hammond is about to find out.
Thirteen years ago he performed a life saving operation on a Serbian gangster, Dragan Gazi.
Gazi is now standing trial for war crimes in the international court in The Hague, after his life was saved, his men went on to slaughter thousands in the Balkan civil wars.
Now Gazi's family want more from him: in exchange for keeping Hammond's dirty little secret, they want him to find for them the man who holds the key to all the money Gazi squirreled away before he was locked up.
But Italian financier, Marco Piravani, doesn't want to be found, not by Hammond, not by anyone.
No sooner has Hammond tracked him down, than Piravani has disappeared again.
His pursuit will take him first to the Hague, and then to Milan to find the Italian, and then finally back to the scene of his crime, Belgrade, where he must confront the decisions he once so easily took.
Only then will he be able to lay the past to rest.

 

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The Way of the Knife: The CIA, a Secret Army, and a War at the Ends of the Earth by Mark Mazzetti.
 
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A Pulitzer Prize winning reporter’s riveting account of the CIA’s transformation after 9/11 and the new American way of war
 
The most momentous change in American warfare over the past decade has taken place in the corners of the world where large armies can’t go.
The CIA, originally created as a Cold War espionage service, is now more than ever a paramilitary agency ordered by the White House to kill off America’s enemies.
In The Way of the Knife, Pulitzer Prize winning reporter Mark Mazzetti recounts the untold story of America’s shadow war, one that blurred the lines between soldiers and spies and lowered the bar for waging war across the globe.
This new approach, carried out by CIA operatives and special operations troops, has been embraced by Washington as a lower-risk and cost effective alternative to the messy wars of occupation, but as Mazzetti demonstrates in this revealing book, the way of the knife has created enemies just as it has killed them.

 

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