Thriller by T. Hunt Locke Bounces Between Bangkok and Boston

T. Hunt Locke has mixed two of his paramount pastimes – history and thrillers – into an intoxicating highball, writes Jim Algie. The prologue flashes back to the American War of Independence, the siege of Boston and the Suffolk Resolves, when we’re introduced to the...
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Suicide Notes on Anthony Bourdain, Chris Cornell, Kevin Hines and the Middle-Aged Plumber Down the Street

On the first anniversary of the passing of Anthony Bourdain, Jim Algie looks at the spiking suicide rate in the West and how a man who survived a leap from the Golden Gate Bridge is leading a revolution in suicide prevention and awareness. My brother and I were nine...
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Close Encounters with Rock Stars #2: Teenage Head

Jim Algie pays tribute to the hugely influential Teenage Head and recounts a humorous backstage encounter with the band’s bassist Steve Mahon in his latest book. As a teenager myself no Canadian band of that era was more important to me than Teenage Head....
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The Anti-Aging Guide to Travelling Gracefully

Travel as an anti-aging agent is a persistent theme in this absorbing memoir. Throughout her witty and adeptly written travel memoirs, Janet Brown has taken the adage that “life is a journey” to a multifaceted extreme. In previous books, she has led readers through...
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Different Drummers book review: The Offbeat Generation of Bangkok

Meet some of the expat authors, musicians and a painter who have helped to make Bangkok into an international hideaway for mavericks and outliers with a creative bent. Review by Jim Algie One of the first expats I met in Bangkok was a fellow teacher at my school. He...
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Jack & Jim of Many Writerly Trades
and Semi-Master of Some

On the Night Joey Ramone Died

To commemorate the 40th anniversary of punk in 2016, these tales riff on rock history, literature, and the author’s own experiences as a musician, in a book that’s also an obituary for the Ramones’ lead singer, a tribute to The Clash and Cannibal Corpse, a love story and cautionary tale about the rock ‘n’ roll high life, set in Bangkok, New York, Cambodia and Norway.

Thailand’s Sustainable Development Sourcebook

This 416-page hardback provides an incredible array of information, ideas and inspiration through more than 60 succinct articles, written by experts in the field, on subjects as diverse as energy and income inequality to education, corruption, organic restaurants, culture, Buddhism, female empowerment and climate change, in eye-catching layouts with many telltale photos and infographics.

The Phantom Lover

To travelers the world over Thailand is one of the most exotic places on earth – naturally lush, deeply spiritual, and hedonistic. In The Phantom Lover and Other Tales of Thailand award-winning author and longtime Thailand resident Jim Algie taps into the country’s fascinating culture in a way that Poe and Lovecraft fans will love.

Bizarre Thailand

A celebration of the country’s weirdest wonders, strangest museums, wackiest celebrities, sexiest ghosts, and nastiest serial killers, this non-fiction collection ventures off the well-trodden tourist trails and into the darkest and sexiest hinterlands.

Americans In Thailand

They arrived with printing presses and telescopes, religious fervor and guns. They advised monarchs and trained teachers and doctors. They paved roads and paid vast sums to expand their military operations for a controversial war. They brought new trade, training and theories to villages, classrooms and boardrooms, along with bottled water and pizza.

Thailand Travel Pack

In the first ever boutique traveller’s guide to Thailand, veteran author Jim Algie has condensed Thailand’s greatest experiences, sights, and dishes into the best of the best. Gone are the days of dragging a cinder block-sized guidebook around that could double as a dumbbell. Written in stylish prose and with much humour, this is all you need to come to grips with the kingdom’s intricacies.

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