John Hoskin is a professional writer who has been based in Bangkok for the past 35 years. After completing a BA degree in History and a Masters in Cultural Studies at the University of Birmingham, England, he began his career in London. Subsequently, he lived and worked in Sydney, Amsterdam and Hong Kong before moving to Bangkok in 1979. He is the author of more than 25 books on travel, art, culture and history in Thailand and Southeast Asia, including Ten Contemporary Thai Artists, The Mekong, Bangkok By Design, Cambodia – A Portrait, The Supernatural in Thai Life and This is Thailand, as well as the historical novel Falcon. He also regularly contributes feature articles to various regional and international publications.
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Falcon at the Court of Siam
by John Hoskin
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 favourite courtier - in effect, if not in name, First Minister of Siam. No other foreigner, before or since, has ever held such a position of power and influence in Siam.
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