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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

I think the book reviews, lodging and restaurant posts are a welcome part of this forum.  Appreciation to Daveo for posting them. 

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Edward Rutherfurd

Edward Rutherfurd was born in Salisbury, Wiltshire, and educated at Cambridge University and Stanford University in California. His first book,Sarum was based on the history of Salisbury. LondonRusska,The Forest, Dublin and Ireland Awakening all draw on finely researched details of social history. Edward Rutherford has spent much of the last 30 years living in New York and Conneticut. He has an American wife and two American educated children and has served on a New York co-op board.





Edward Rutherfurd's great Irish epic reveals the story of the people of Ireland through the focal point of the island's capital city. The epic begins in pre-Christian Ireland during the reign of the fierce and powerful High Kings at Tara, with the tale of two lovers, the princely Conall and the ravishing Deirdre, whose travails echo the ancient Celtic legend of Cuchulainn. From this stirring beginning, Rutherfurd takes the reader on a graphically realised journey through the centuries. Through the interlocking stories of a powerfully-imagined cast of characters - druids and chieftains, monks and smugglers, merchants and mercenaries, noblewomen, rebels and cowards - we see Ireland through the lens of its greatest city.




London has perhaps the most remarkable history of any city in the world. Now its story has a unique voice. In this epic novel Edward Rutherfurd takes the reader on a magnificent journey across sixteen centuries from the days of the Romans to the Victorian engineers of Tower Bridge and the era dockland development of today. Through the lives and adventures of his colourful cast of characters he brings all the richness of London's past unforgettably to life




Edward Rutherfurd tells the story of this great city as no other author could - from the epic, empty grandeur of the New World to the skyscrapers of the City that Never Sleeps, from the intimate detail of lives long forgotten to those lived today at breakneck speed.


The novel begins with a tiny Indian fishing village and the Dutch traders who first carved out their hopes amidst the splendour of the wilderness. The British settlers and merchants followed, with their aristocratic governors and unpopular taxation which led to rebellion, war, the burning of the city and the birth of the American Nation. Yet a country that had already rent itself asunder once did so again over slavery. As the country fought its bloody Civil War, the city was torn apart by deadly riots.


Hopes and dreams, greed and corruption - they have always been the companions of freedom and opportunity in the city's teeming streets. As the immigrant ships berthed next to Ellis Island in the shadow of the Statue of Liberty, they poured more and more Germans, Irish, Italians and Jews into the churning ethnic mix of the city. Deals were struck, politicians corrupted, men bought or assassinated, heiresses wooed, fortunes were speculated on Wall Street and men became rich beyond the dreams of avarice. The heady seesaw of wealth and poverty was seen in the Roaring Twenties and the Great Crash, the city's future symbolised by its buildings which literally touched the sky: the Empire State, the Chrysler Building, the Twin Towers.





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I WONDER if anyone bothers to read ALL this?



I WONDER if anyone bothers to read ALL this?

yes some of us do. if you don;t like dont open the thread

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 Good Daughter is a tale of cross-cultural intrigue and personal discovery.

Set in Thailand, it follows the journeys of six characters: two intelligent, imaginative Thai bar girls  a paranoid, well paid American ex-pat and his cynical, corrupting Australian mentor, a young American university graduate and an Isaan villager whose reoccurring presence borders on the mythical.

Combining entertaining and dramatic narrative with poignant psychological themes, this is a novel that challenges the reader to look beneath the surface in order to try to understand what influences the characters' behavior.

At the conclusion of the story we are shown that, by releasing ourselves from that which binds us, we are able to attain greater hope and, ultimately, freedom.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR Bjorn Turmann was born and raised in Vancouver and has made Southeast Asia his home for over twelve years.

A former Microsoft employee, Turmann is currently a writer, university lecturer, creative entrepreneur and independent filmmaker whose works have been screened at festivals in Australia and Thailand. He is a frequent guest speaker at international seminars and trade shows on topics ranging from independent film making to retail marketing. This is his first novel.

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Some of the large selection of Jeremy Clarkson books we have



Jeremy Charles Robert Clarkson (born 11 April 1960) is an English broadcaster, journalist and writer who specializes in motoring. He is best known for his role on the BBC TV show Top Gear along with co-presenters Richard Hammond and James May. He also writes weekly columns for The Sunday Times and The Sun.

From a career as a local journalist in Northern England, Clarkson rose to public prominence as a presenter of the original format of Top Gear in 1988. Since the mid-1990s, Clarkson has become a recognised public personality, regularly appearing on British television presenting his own shows and appearing as a guest on other shows. As well as motoring, Clarkson has produced programmes and books on subjects such as history and engineering. From 1998 to 2000 he also hosted his own chat show, Clarkson.

His opinionated but humorous tongue-in-cheek writing and presenting style has often generated much public reaction to his viewpoints. His actions both privately and as a Top Gear presenter have also sometimes resulted in criticism from the media, politicians, pressure groups and the public.

Despite the criticism levelled against him, he has also generated a significant following from the public at large, being credited as a major factor in the resurgence of Top Gear as one of the most popular shows on the BBC


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Have many of the popular Thai related books

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As well as many sports Bio's which are very popular.

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Some more interesting books in this week :GoldenSmile1: 
Undaunted My Struggle for Freedom and Survival in Burma
Author: Zoya Phan
Once a royal kingdom and then part of the British Empire, Burma long held sway in the Western imagination as a mythic place of great beauty. In recent times, Burma has been torn apart and isolated by one of the most brutal dictatorships in the world. Now, Zoya of the, a young member of the Karen tribe in Burma, bravely comes forward with her astonishingly vivid story of growing up in the idyllic green mansions of the jungle, and her violent displacement by the military junta that has controlled the country for almost a half century. This same cadre has also relentlessly hunted Zoya and her family across borders and continents. Undauntedtells of Zoya?s riveting adventures, from her unusual childhood in a fascinating remote culture, to her years on the run, to her emergence as an activist icon. Named for a courageous Russian freedom fighter of World War II, Zoya was fourteen when Burmese aircraft bombed her peaceful village, forcing her and her family to flee through the jungles to a refugee camp just over the border in Thailand. After being trapped in refugee camps for years in poverty and despair, her family scattered: as her father became more deeply involved in the struggle for freedom, Zoya and her sister left their mother in the camp to go to a college in Bangkok to which they had won scholarships. But even as she attended classes, Zoya, the girl from the jungle, had to dodge police and assume an urban disguise, as she was technically an illegal immigrant and subject to deportation. Although, following graduation, she obtained a comfortable job with a major communications company in Bangkok, Zoya felt called back to Burma to help her mother and her people, millions of whom still have to live on the run today in order to survive?in fact, more villages have been destroyed in eastern Burma than in Darfur, Sudan. After a plot to kill her was uncovered, in 2004 Zoya escaped to the United Kingdom, where she began speaking at political conferences and demonstrations?a mission made all the more vital by her father?s assassination in 2008 by agents of the Burmese regime. Like Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Zoya has become a powerful spokesperson against oppressors, undaunted by dangers posed to her life. Zoya?s love of her people, their land, and their way of life fuels her determination to survive, and in Undaunted she hauntingly brings to life a lost culture and world, putting faces to the stories of the numberless innocent victims of Burma?s military 
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Chapter One
The Fall of the Kingdom
The divinity most worshiped in Burma is precedence.
—Captain Henry Yule, Mission to the Court of Ava
Mandalay, October 1885
He was anxious for the health of his wife and their unborn child. More than a few of the old courtiers had already advised him to flee to the villages of his ancestors. Others told him to give in. But his generals, severe in their lacquered helmets and green and magenta velvet coats, promised they would do their best to hold back the advance of the enemy; some even voiced confidence of final victory. They reminded him of the imposing fortifications that had been built up and down the valley, and of the royal steamships and smaller boats that would soon be scuttled to make the passage upriver as difficult as possible. Even the underwater explosives his young engineers had been busy developing would soon be ready for use. Too many soldiers were tied down fighting renegade princes in the eastern hills, but there were still enough men to put up a good fight.
The high crenellated walls of the royal city of Mandalay had been built in the days of his father for exactly this situation. The vermilion ramparts formed a perfect square and were each over a mile long, backed by massive earthworks and preceded by a wide and deep moat. If the invading army could be drawn into a long siege, he could direct a guerrilla operation from beyond the forests to the north.
The rains had just ended, and in the brilliant sunshine he could see his cavalry practicing in the muddy fields not far from the Palace. But whatever his generals said, in his heart he knew that in the last analysis his little army was no match for the force assembling just three hundred miles to the south. But what was the alternative? Surrender? His more worldly ministers, men who had traveled to the West, told him to compromise, stall for time, open negotiations. He should avoid a military conflict at all costs and agree to all their demands if necessary. But did he trust them? There were rumors that the enemy would bring his elder half brother, now eight years in exile, and place him on the throne. The kingdom would become a protectorate. Perhaps this is what his noble advisers wanted.
His wife told him to stand firm and prepare for war.
Fort St. George
General Sir Harry North Dalrymple Prendergast was born in India in 1834 to an Anglo-Irish family long familiar with service on the subcontinent. His father, Thomas Prendergast, had been a magistrate in Madras and after a long spell in India had retired to Cheltenham, gone blind, and then made a small fortune writing a series of trend-setting handbooks entitled The Mastery of Languages or the Art of Speaking Foreign Tongues Idiomatically.
Harry Prendergast himself was a distinguished soldier. During the Indian Mutiny he had fought with the Malwa Field Force. Ten years later he had taken part in the putative invasion of Abyssinia and was present when Lord Napier and his combined British and Indian army stormed and then destroyed Emperor Theodore’s mountain fortress of Magdala. More recently he had become obsessed with the idea of himself commanding an invasion of Burma, personally leading reconnaissance runs near the long frontier. And now, after years of planning and bureaucratic scheming, his dream was coming true.
His Burma Field Force consisted of ten thousand troops. It included three infantry brigades, one from the Bengal Army, one from the Madras Army, and a third brigade under the command of fellow Irishman Brigadier George Stuart White. Sailing from Rangoon, Prendergast arrived in Madras toward the end of October, just as the various parts of his new army were busy getting ready along the glacis of Fort St. George. It was to be a textbook operation. Plans and preparations would follow the latest thinking in military science, and nothing was to be left to chance. Torrential rains swept across the docks, and hundreds of Indian coolies labored to load big wooden crates, each neatly packed with supplies for any eventuality, onto the tall ships moored off the Coromandel coast. On 2 November, as an enormous thunderstorm broke over the south Indian city, the governor of the Madras Presidency, the Honorable Grant Duff, hosted Prendergast and his senior officers to a lavish dinner in honor of the coming campaign. Everything was set.
Within days, Prendergast’s fleet was gliding swiftly over the blue-green waters of the Bay of Bengal, past the mangrove swamps and jungle hamlets of the Irrawaddy Delta, reaching the frontiers of the inland kingdom on 6 November. Anchored and waiting along the banks of the river, the flotilla stretched nearly five miles long. Forty shiny new Maxim guns, the world’s first machine guns, were lifted onto the steamship Kathleen. A few years ago their inventor, Hiram Maxim (later Sir Hiram), visited the Paris Electrical Exhibition and was told by a man he met there: “If you want to make a lot of money, invent something that will enable these Europeans to cut each other’s throats with greater facility.” He relocated to London and went to work, proudly unveiling his product earlier that year. The Maxim guns had a belt that could continually feed ammunition. They could fire five hundred rounds a minute. This was their debut. Not yet on the battlefields of Flanders but to be first tried and tested on the road to Mandalay.
On 13 November a steamer belonging to the Irrawaddy Flotilla Company crossed the border from Burmese territory with news that eight thousand of the king’s troops were massing at the Minhla fort just to the north. The same afternoon Prendergast received a telegram from the India Office in London: The Burmese reply to a British ultimatum had been unsatisfactory. Prendergast was ordered to invade at once.
Lord Randolph Churchill’s War
Burma’s watershed year, 1885, separating its past from its modern age, was also a year of considerable change and ferment around the world. For the first time in a long while, Great Britain was facing increasing competition overseas from other imperial and rising powers: the Germans, the French, the Russians, and even the Americans. The United States, then under the Bachelor president Grover Cleveland, had yet to acquire many territories overseas, but was well on the way toward unparalleled economic power. By 1885 American railways stretched westward to the beaches of California, and the relentless demand for steel and oil were creating fortunes for the Rockefellers and the Carnegies. It was in 1885 that the phonograph was invented, American Telephone and Telegraph welcomed its first customers, and all nine stories of the world’s first skyscraper were built in Chicago. It was also the year that the Statue of Liberty arrived in New York, together with tens of thousands of the country’s first immigrants from Central and Eastern Europe.
In February 1885 the Congress of Berlin formally parceled out the continent of Africa among half a dozen European powers in a sort of gala opening to an imperialist age that would lead to a fifth of the world’s landmass falling under colonial rule over the next thirty years. But this moment of uninhibited expansionist frenzy also contained within it the first seeds of imperialism’s eventual demise. In Bombay in the last few weeks of the year, seventy or so Indian lawyers, educators, and journalists came together to set up the Indian National Congress, the organization that one day, under the leadership of Mahatma Gandhi and Pandit Nehru, would help take Burma, as well as India, on the path to independence.
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Animal Farm
Burmese Days
A Clergyman's Daughter
Coming Up for Air
Keep the Aspidistra Flying
Nineteen Eighty-Four

Described by Anthony Burgess as 'the best-loved of all twentieth-century British writers', George Orwell still has as much power to move, amuse and provoke today.

His best-known novels, Animal Farm, describing a revolution that goes horribly wrong, and Nineteen Eighty-Four, portraying a world where human freedom has been crushed, are two of the most famous, well-quoted and influential political satires ever written. The other novels in this volume also tell stories of people at odds with repressive institutions: the corrupt imperialism of Burmese Days, disaffection with materialistic society in Keep the Aspidistra Flying, the perils of modern suburban living in Coming Up for Air and surviving on the streets in A Clergyman's Daughter.

All the novels brought together here display Orwell's humour, his understanding of human nature and his great compassion.

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Just started going through a few of the couple hundred books that I have acquired today, some old but interesting items.


Not many novels come so fraught with emotional, intellectual and historical drama as this continuation of Bosse's bestselling Asian saga, which began with The Warlord. The story is set mainly in 1948, year of Gandhi's assassination and Communist victory in China. Philip Embreeveteran of the recent war in Burma who 20 years previously was attached to the army of a brilliant Chinese general whom he betrayed for love of the general's Russian mistress, Veraleaves India, where he had gone to heal his spiritual wounds, for a journey of emotional stock-taking. He returns to Burma, to Thailand (where he rejoins Vera, whom he had deserted there) and finally to China, now in the last agony of civil war, in order to retrieve Vera's daughter Sonia (with whom he falls in love) and revisit the city where the general had been headquartered. Bosse has written a story of impressive richness and intensity that not only depicts with an expert's understanding an Asia caught in convulsive change, but does so through the private dramas of a half-dozen characters who are not easy to forget.

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This is by Gerald Sparrow, an author I collect, since I first discovered him in The Star Sapphires  a barely believable tale (the best kind) of fabulous gems and shady characters in Bangkok right after the war, where Sparrow had been interned by the Japanese, having been a British judge (though Siam was never colonized  there was a separate legal system for expatriates). He gets out of prison, finds an apartment, a girl, and a new job as a lawyer and night-club owner in almost no time at all. The Star Sapphires belonged to one of his more unlikely clients. (I rather fancy reading this book again sometime).


Sparrow rewrote his experiences in several different books, and I don't blame him, as he had a very interesting life. Looking on my shelf I see:The Golden Orchid about his night-club and a chanteuse called Nicole, who became the paramour of general Tanaka during the war; "Land of the Moonflower", more generally about Thailand, with some pictures of Sparrow and his girlfriend, also contains story of a gangster shootout;No other Elephant, about Pra Chorn, and his English master who fell in love with a Chieng Mai princess; "Not Wisely But Too Well", which I have not read yet, along with various titles like The great Defenders "The Great Deceivers", and "The Great Persecutors", obviously written to put bread on the table. He also wrote Opium venture the only title to make it to paperback (not yet read).

"Confessions of an Eccentric" starts when Sparrow turns 50, and decides to return to England. He marries his Thai girl Chaluey, I was glad to find out. (Chaluey thinks she has gone blind during a London Fog). He tells how he wrote his first books. He voices his familiar opinions about Eastern girls, and their superior way of treating a man! Then he describes running for Parliament, and several trips he made to the Near East, to write books about Jordan and Egypt. He gets a bit journalistic here (i.e. boring), and these are not countries that interest me specially. But it shows his versatility. The book he is proudest of is "Gordon: Mandarin and Pasha", apparently a very interesting incident of British imperial history about which I am completely ignorant. So that goes on the list. But I would not recommend "Confessions" unless you get hooked on some of the other tales first.

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I will be in to see you next week but advance warning.  Do you have any books in English on the snakes in Thailand?  I see snakes almost every day but only know for sure the names of some of them and I would love to be able to identify more.  I have looked before in your shop but never asked you as you were with company at the time.

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Really..........does anyone bother to read ALL this?

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Really..........does anyone bother to read ALL this?


I flick through until I find one that interests me then make a mental note.  Next time I am in Pattaya I go for a bit of breakfast, have a better look through the book and buy it using my PA discount card which gives 10% off.

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Well hardly cheap for a book,start from 180 baht .

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No not cheap for a secondhand book but not expensive either £3-4 for a book in English.  Has a large selection and it is a bit far for me to just pop into my local library.


Breakfast is good and there is even stuff that TGF likes and she is fussy :)

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Many of the recently published books are around 180 baht, many much less and many 60 baht etc, the Thai books tend to be more but because we buy new but still all lower than Asia Books and alike, what do Asia books offer you when you have finished the book, nothing, we offer 50% trade in on a cheaper price than them, we also offer credit for books from anywhere.

Just today Calico Joe by John Grisham, recently out in Paperback and 390baht from Asia books, our price 180baht plus you receive 50% credit when returned, we have the best choice in town.



A surprising and moving novel of fathers and sons, forgiveness and redemption, set in the world of Major League Baseball…

Whatever happened to Calico Joe?

It began quietly enough with a pulled hamstring. The first baseman for the Cubs AAA affiliate in Wichita went down as he rounded third and headed for home. The next day, Jim Hickman, the first baseman for the Cubs, injured his back. The team suddenly needed someone to play first, so they reached down to their AA club in Midland, Texas, and called up a twenty-one-year-old named Joe Castle. He was the hottest player in AA and creating a buzz.

In the summer of 1973 Joe Castle was the boy wonder of baseball, the greatest rookie anyone had ever seen. The kid from Calico Rock, Arkansas dazzled Cub fans as he hit home run after home run, politely tipping his hat to the crowd as he shattered all rookie records.

Calico Joe quickly became the idol of every baseball fan in America, including Paul Tracey, the young son of a hard-partying and hard-throwing Mets pitcher. On the day that Warren Tracey finally faced Calico Joe, Paul was in the stands, rooting for his idol but also for his Dad. Then Warren threw a fastball that would change their lives forever…

In John Grisham’s new novel the baseball is thrilling, but it’s what happens off the field that makes CALICO JOE a classic.


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oh geez ................not again...................

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you don't have anything else other than books?


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well ..........................I suppose

breakfast is not toooooooooo bad..........  breakfast books and boys..............that's all really,...


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Of course one can only listen so many times about someones supposedly "wealth".......a 7 million baht house ....which of course could be swapped for  a car parking space in most cities.

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Breakfast books boys and Billy the bandit, Billy what does an out of work ticket collector make in Aus, do you get the sicky benefit of sell your botty, if you so well of why dont you change your shirt once in awhile.

Billy I will take you serious with your bitching when you have a business here in LOS, and not just Talk about it.

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