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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 his own penis, a woman dying slowly of dementia and a troupe of wise-cracking monkeys—these are just some of the surprising characters you will encounter in this third collection of short stories from Thailand-based author William Peskett.
Humour and melancholy, comfort and suspense, this collection possesses all of these qualities, sometimes within the same story. Most are set in Thailand and provide insights into the lives of the varied populations of that exotic land; others could have happened anywhere. But what marks them out is the diversity of the storylines, the quality of the writing, and engagement with interesting characters who have something to say.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Information from GoodreadsI have been a biology teacher and a journalist; and I have worked in marketing, design management and corporate relations. Through it all, I have maintained a love of writing. It began with poetry and I was lucky enough to be brought up in Northern Ireland in the 1970s and 80s when there was a lot of poetry about. During this time I published in magazines and newspapers, performed readings and broadcast. I wrote two volumes of poems, The Nightowl’s Dissection and Survivors, the first of which won an Eric Gregory Award. Amazingly, both are now back in print with Harvill Secker.
I read natural sciences at Cambridge University and spent my professional life in Suffolk and London. Now retired, I live in Pattaya, Thailand where I tend my jungle garden and, naturally, write. I've written three novels. My adopted country provides ample material: recent collections of essays and short stories deal with issues in a distinctly Thai setting.