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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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Number One: The Funeral Photographer
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 6,710. Language: English. Published: September 16, 2017 by Proglen. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Mystery & detective » International crime
The Funeral Photographer is the first in a new series of Colin Cotterill short stories featuring his female news reporter and detective, Jimm Juree. Fans of Jimm know her from the four novels where, with the help of the members of her strange family, she usually solves the crime. Move over Miss Marple, Jimm Juree does it for the 21st Century.
Soi Shanties Volume 1
Series: Soi Shanties, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 15,120. Language: English. Published: February 8, 2011 by Proglen. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
These short stories by Bangkok writer Les Abbey were published in the Pattaya Trader magazine in 2010. They refer to an earlier long gone time. The period was between the end of the war in Vietnam in 1975 and the arrival of cheap airfares to Bangkok in the late 1980s. Most are set in Soi Cowboy, a bar and nightlife area, then inhabited by oil workers and bar girls.
A Fool in Paradise
Series: Fool in Paradise, Book 1. Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 77,220. Language: English. Published: February 18, 2011 by Proglen. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » By region
Following hot the heels of his best seller, Money Number One, Neil Hutchison continues his in-depth investigation into the tourist playground of Pattaya, Thailand.
How to Survive Pattaya and its Nightlife
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 10,000. Language: English. Published: October 30, 2012 by Proglen. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » By region, Nonfiction » Sex and Relationships  » Prostitution
How to Survive Pattaya and its Nightlife is advice to do just that from the leading Pattaya nightlife writer, Australian journalist Duncan Stearn.
Money Number One
Series: Fool in Paradise. Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 61,550. Language: English. Published: May 13, 2013 by Proglen. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » By region, 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
Price: $9.95 USD. Words: 127,680. Language: English. Published: October 10, 2013 by Proglen. Categories: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » Asian, Fiction » Cultural & ethnic themes » Asian American
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...
Dragon's Fin Soup
Price: $7.95 USD. Words: 70,100. Language: English. Published: October 18, 2013 by Proglen. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Cultural & ethnic themes » Asian American
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.
The Amok Runners
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 65,320. Language: English. Published: June 15, 2016 by Proglen. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » International crime, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
A detective crime novel set in Thailand featuring Jimm Juree, Colin Cotterill's fictional detective.
Going Places, Letting Go
Price: $5.95 USD. Words: 193,490. Language: English. Published: August 22, 2017 by Proglen. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Cultural & ethnic themes » Cultural interest, general
Exploring the main themes of communication (or the lack of it) in today’s world; creating Art for its own sake; confronting a terminal disease; embracing Life as it is; work-place abuse by incompetent bosses; unrequited love for one’s spouse; searching for one’s true identity and place in society; and embarking on a mind-expanding spiritual journey – this novel has them all!

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  • The Book of Answers on July 18, 2011

    Reviewer--Collin Piprell ( 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.