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Proglen is Thailand's oldest online bookstore. It specializes in English and other European language books published in Thailand. Thailand is fortunate to have so many publishers with good books covering the Southeast Asian region in both fiction and non-fiction. Dipping our toes into the eBooks explosion is our latest endeavour.

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Money Number One
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Series: Fool in Paradise. Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 61,550. Language: English. Published: May 13, 2013 by Proglen. Category: Nonfiction » Travel » By region
Enter Pattaya with your eyes wide open, not like a lamb to the slaughter. The original guide to Pattaya by Neil Hutchison, author of A Fool in Paradise.
Jasmine Nights
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Price: $9.95 USD. Words: 127,680. Language: English. Published: October 10, 2013 by Proglen. Category: Fiction » Drama » Asian
At twelve years old, Little Frog has a richly fantastic and sustaining inner life. It is 1963, his parents have disappeared, and he lives with his maiden aunts, known affectionately as the Three Fates, on a family estate in Bangkok. But, fed by a steam of books and accompanied by his pet chameleon, Little Frog refuses to accept that he is Thai; eats English food; speaks only English...
The Fool is Back
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Series: Fool in Paradise, Book 2. Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 73,500. Language: English. Published: June 21, 2013 by Proglen. Category: Nonfiction » Travel » By region
By the author of the Pattaya best seller Money Number One and the updated Money Still Number One, this the sequel to A Fool in Paradise, adding a further 32 stories to the colourful tapestry that is Pattaya, Thailand. In the opinion of many people including the author, Pattaya is the most wonderful place on the planet. As with A fool in Paradise, the stories are all true or based on true events.
Dragon's Fin Soup
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Price: $7.95 USD. Words: 70,100. Language: English. Published: October 18, 2013 by Proglen. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » General
Dragon's Fin Soup: And Other Modern Siamese Fables by World Fantasy Award Winner S.P. Somtow. Eight Rowdy Tales where East and West don't meet - they collide. Eight Frightening Ruminations where nothing is as it seems, and even the unreal is an illusion. Eight Delectable Servings that could only have sprung from the fevered mind of S.P. Somtow.
Ramonne: The Return of the Vampire of Siam
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Series: Vampire of Siam, Book 2. Price: $7.95 USD. Words: 51,690. Language: English. Published: January 11, 2014 by Proglen. Category: Fiction » Horror » Undead
The Vampire of Siam is back — with a vengeance Martin Larue’s blood-soaked encounter with a 175 year-old vampire has left him a changed man. For twelve months he donned the orange robes of the monk and studied the teachings of Buddha. His transcendent nirvana is shattered by a police lieutenant who seeks his help in tracking down a killer — a killer who drains the blood of his victims.
The Reckoning
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Series: Vampire of Siam, Book 3. Price: $7.95 USD. Words: 67,330. Language: English. Published: February 21, 2014 by Proglen. Category: Fiction » Horror » Undead
From Paris to Angkor Wat, Ancient Siam to modern-day Bangkok, the vampire seeks the secrets of his past. Ramonne Delacroix, 175-year-old French vampire once again crosses paths with Martin Larue while retracing the historical journey that he made in 1858 with Henri Mouhot to Indochina. Martin has founded an orphanage in Cambodia outside the gates of Angkor.
From Peasant Girls to Bangkok Masseuses
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Price: $3.95 USD. Words: 27,100. Language: English. Published: October 4, 2013 by Proglen. Category: Nonfiction » Social Science » Prostitution & sex trade
In the poorer parts of the north and north-east of Thailand, peasant girls are induced to go to Bangkok and become prostitutes earning their living as "masseuses". Their remittances enable their families to meet their basic housing, water and education needs. The author portrays the world of these girls and then traces its relationship with the pattern of rural and national development.
The Vampire of Siam
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Series: Vampire of Siam, Book 1. Price: $7.95 USD. Words: 48,490. Language: English. Published: October 21, 2013 by Proglen. Category: Fiction » Horror » Undead
Book one of the The Vampire of Siam trilogy. In The Vampire of Siam a nineteenth-century explorer, Ramonne Delacroix, encounters an ancient Chinese demon in the temples of Angkor Wat. His subsequent nocturnal transformation leads him to the capital of Siam, where he witnesses the coronation of kings and the city’s metamorphosis into the modern day sin-city of Bangkok.
Trafalgar & Josh
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Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 107,320. Language: English. Published: December 11, 2012 by Proglen. Category: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
It is spring in Sydney. Dr Trafalgar Trayson, a celebrated psychiatrist working overseas returns to Australia. After twenty years of marriage and three children, he sacrifices his career, marriage, and family by falling in love with Josh, a young Maltese man separated from his parents. It is a story of turmoil and love and heart-wrenching consequences: a love that has a devastating end.
Mango and Sticky Rice
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Series: Mango and Sticky Rice. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 50,910. Language: English. Published: January 17, 2014 by Proglen. Category: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
Mango and Sticky Rice and Other Stories by William Peskett A photographer hired to witness a murder, a colour-blind sperm donor, a ghost who misses his friends, a Canadian in Pattaya who pretends he’s from Latvia, and a woman sure her children’s will be the last human generation—these are just some of the fascinating characters with leading roles in this poignant collection of short stories.
Afghanistan: Lashkar Gah - Home of the Warriors Part I
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Series: Afghanistan: Lashkar Gah - Home of the Warriors, Book 1. Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 98,570. Language: English. Published: August 8, 2013 by Proglen. Category: Nonfiction » Politics and Current Affairs » World politics
From 2007 to 2008 an American served as an adviser to an Afghan-led counter-narcotics advisory team in the provincial capital of Lashkar Gah, Helmand Province. This was, and still is, the scene of half the world's opium poppy production and ground center zero of a raging Taliban-fueled insurgency. It is a microcosm of why U.S. efforts failed in Afghanistan - the damage was all self-inflicted.
Sweet Song of the Siren and Other Stories
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Series: Mango and Sticky Rice. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 51,330. Language: English. Published: February 21, 2014 by Proglen. Category: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
In his third collection of short stories, Thailand-based author William Peskett introduces us to a murderer who sees himself carved in stone, a writer whose dead wife returns to him through time, a robot community waiting for their saviour, a man who falls in love with part of his own body, a woman dying slowly of dementia and a troupe of wise-cracking monkeys.
Opus 50
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Price: $4.95 USD. Words: 103,060. Language: English. Published: November 24, 2013 by Proglen. Category: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
S.P.Somtow has assembled a collection of essays, poems, and fiction - and tells all about his first published poem from 1967, which earned a lengthy shelf life when it was used as the epigraph for a best-selling autobiography by Shirley MacLaine - to his first professional fiction sale in 1977 - to stories that won major awards like the World Fantasy Award.
Mist on the Jungle
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Series: Mango and Sticky Rice. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 50,970. Language: English. Published: January 17, 2014 by Proglen. Category: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
Mist on the Jungle and Other Stories by William Peskett A lascivious businessman who prefers lady-boys to ladies, a depressed captain who threatens to sink his own ferry, a woman who eats more than food, and a Thai widow finding her late husband’s roots in Crete—these are just some of the engaging characters who appear in this original collection of short stories.
Afghanistan: Lashkar Gah - Home of the Warriors Part II
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Series: Afghanistan: Lashkar Gah - Home of the Warriors, Book 2. Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 80,400. Language: English. Published: September 16, 2013 by Proglen. Category: Nonfiction » Politics and Current Affairs » World politics
Second and final part of this personal memoir of a year in Afghanistan. From 2007 to 2008 an American served as an adviser to an Afghan-led counter-narcotics advisory team in the provincial capital of Lashkar Gah, Helmand Province. This is the scene of half the world's opium poppy production and a raging Taliban insurgency. It is a microcosm of why U.S. efforts failed in Afghanistan.
Why Preah Vihear Should be Returned to Thailand
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 6,620. Language: English. Published: June 11, 2012 by Proglen. Category: Nonfiction » Politics and Current Affairs » World politics
Journalist Duncan Stearn takes a closer look at the International Court of Justice ruling on the border dispute between Thailand and Cambodia over the Preah Vihear temple ruins and changes his view on which country is in the right.
The Siamese Connection
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Series: Vampire of Siam, Book 4. Price: $7.95 USD. Words: 80,650. Language: English. Published: April 22, 2014 by Proglen. Category: Fiction » Horror » Undead
The fourth book in the popular Vampire of Siam series. The story begins in Bangkok 1948, shortly after the end of WWII and the Japanese occupation of Siam. The vampire, Ramonne Delacroix becomes involved in a quest for a mysterious artifact, - The Oracle - hidden during the war by the Japanese. He joins forces with the famous American Expat Jim Thompson and OSS agent.


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  • The Book of Answers on July 18, 2011

    Reviewer--Collin Piprell (www.collinpiprell.com). I had the pleasure of reading an early review copy of C.Y. Gopinath's debut novel. *The Book of Answers* promises even greater success than his globetrotting chronicle *Travels with the Fish( (HarperCollins India, 1999). Released just this month, also by HarperCollins India, *The Book of Answers* has already appeared on the bestseller list in that country. I’m going to don my “let’s pitch this book to a modern market” hat, something I find hard to do with my own books and hesitate to do with Gopinath’s debut novel for fear of doing it an injustice. Anyway, here goes: Think, an Indian Jonathan Swift turns to magical realism with a message for readers everywhere. Alternatively, we could describe the novel as a fabulist satire wherein a Clarke Kent hero represents the potential of Everyman to take a stand and fight against those absurd and often evil (often bureaucratic) forces that shape our lives. Readers in Thailand might almost believe that former and newly de facto PM Thaksin Shinawatra had seen the book in manuscript and used it as a manual for retaking power. The book is compulsively readable. I found myself reluctant to skim passages for fear of missing any of the gems scattered across every page. Gopinath sketches his hugely entertaining characters with sure and economical strokes. I enjoyed all of them, from the Convener and the godman to B Plus and the “doctor of venereal diseases,” with his very entertaining medical examination of Pat and Rose, the central characters. The author’s treatment of Indian English, meanwhile, is both warmly funny and minimalist, in no way obtrusive. In the course of one entertaining dialogue, for example, “codswallop” devolves by stages into “shit,” the speaker’s Anglophiliac try for elegance nicely derailed. “More banging for a buck,” in another conversation, is enough to comically conjure, without further ado, the voice Gopinath wanted. “Gourment” (see the extract, below) is how Indian bureaucrats pronounce “government,” and it includes connotations sorely missing in the conventional expression. The book is also a structural success. Among other features, it presents an excellent conclusion, something too many otherwise good novels lack. En route, Gopinath consistently leaves the reader hanging at the end of each chapter, wanting more, and introduces each successive chapter with a surprise. In the first chapter, the hero’s proto-obsessive compulsive negotiation of Mumbai's streets and his collision with the Fat Man is superbly realized. And what an idea is introduced shortly thereafter! A blind calligrapher of unknown provenance has inscribed wisdom for times not yet here in a mysterious tome known as The Book of Answers, recording details of the future produced by that calligrapher's lover, chief cook for a client's household. That’s followed hard upon by in introduction to “The Ministry of Errors and Regrets.” This venerable institution applies the principle of wringing every possible lesson from a mistake by repeating that error as often as possible. Gopinath adopts a wonderfully comic voice, kind of like Flann O'Brien describing a meeting chaired by the Mad Hatter, the agenda set by Kafka. (The latter individual would have appreciated a ministerial interview to determine whether Pat, the hero, and Rose, his companion, were rich or poor.) The story as a whole is a delightful tapestry woven from such threads as the eponymous Book of Answers itself; the Ministry for Errors and Regrets; Rose's scrapbook of omens; the dynamic between Pat, his friend Arindam, and Rose, who turns out to be Arindam's wife; Pat's comic love-life with Rose; and the rather moving development of Pat's relationship with his son Tippy, as Tippy himself is gradually revealed as much more than the klutz we first meet, the lad with “content-free eyes” tipped back in a chair chewing gum. Here’s just a taste from the hilariously barbed banquet: “We live in times of world ending. Kali yug, as we say in the scriptures. The Convener believes our country is in doldrums. Gourment is committed but man can only do so much. Shri Ishwar Prasad is facing challenges of lifetime, struggling with national problems such as upcoming elections, crime, literacy, terrorism, democracy, women's liberation, abortion, sexual slavery, judicial backlog, and a bankrupt treasury. While he is doing all this —” “We are not fooled,” said Rose. “Your boss heads a government in charge of pulling wool over people's eyes. The reality is that it’s a government of lies.” Her eyes blazed at the Convener’s Personal Assistant. “You make a good point,” Janki Ram continued reasonably. “But concept of pulling wool is rooted in Hindu philosophy and spirituality. Shri Ishwar Prasad says reality is overrated. It's a nice idea, of course, but it doesn't exist. The Convener’s only wants to make this acceptable to our struggling millions. He is not sidetracked by the facts. He is concerned with the truth.” Such ideas, expressed differently, figure prominently in another book I've just read. Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle, by Chris Hedges, is a bleak jeremiad that appears to leave little option other than fleeing the planet. I prefer the darkly comic recourse offered by The Book of Answers. www.collinpiprell.com