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Diaries written during a fifteen week stay in Phuket and Bangkok, Thailand in 2008

How did ’15 WEEKS’ become an Amazon No.1 best seller in ONE day?

15 WEEKS  has been republished and is NOW available as a FREE eBook. The 2017 edition was only released today and it is already topping rankings at Amazon.

Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,523 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
#1 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Nonfiction > Travel > Asia > Thailand
#4 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Nonfiction > Travel > Specialty Travel > Budget Travel

I am using Pronoun to  publish the 2017 editions of Thailand Diaries – 3 eBooks.

 They are now all FREE and can be found at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, Apple iBooks and Google play. If you click where you see the link underlined you will be transported to my book page where you can choose your favourite retailer.


15 WEEKS my first book, was originally written in 2008 as a series of blog posts for a business colleague in South Africa. It seems raw and dated to me now but as it reflects my mood and view of Thailand at the time I refrained from re-writing it, although I have to admit I was tempted. It contains typically British humour, is recommended for travelers, would be ex-pats and those who enjoy light reading and a good laugh. Between Jun and Sep 2008 I stayed for fifteen weeks on the tropical island of Phuket where I formed first impressions of Thailand. I learned a little of what it would be like to live in Thailand permanently and diarised my activities, observations and some unusual incidents which took place during the sojourn. At the time I had no intention of settling in Thailand permanently but did glean valuable information which I have developed in the years since. Although I write from a male perspective I recognise that there are many female ex-pats grappling with the complexities of life in Thailand. So you will find many things that apply equally to women as they do to men. Further research, first-hand experience and some rather testing personal struggles enabled me to write more extensively about Thailand in Volume 2 and Volume 3 which can be pre-ordered now in advance of release.


Driving Thailand pre-release date stands on Amazon Best Sellers Rank:


Thailand in Perspective pre-release date stands on Amazon Best Sellers Rank:

Coming Soon

Following the republished diaries I intend producing 2 more FREE publications. The first will be a collection of 20 of my favourite poems, some of which you will find here on my blog, the others are unpublished. This will be followed by a short story as yet unpublished. Details of these publications will be posted here on my blog and on social media.

Debut Novel

My debut novel is targeted for publication this year and you’ll be the first to know.

So to make sure you are notified click FREE – Blog updates in the left sidebar.

In the meantime enjoy 15 WEEKS and pre-order Volume 2 and Volume 3 if you wish.

15 Weeks – Republished 2017 – FREE

15 WEEKS  has been republished and is available on 16th February.

As I move towards the final stages of completing the first draft of my novel I needed to take a little time out to start developing my Facebook author page and re-publish my Thailand Diaries which has been on my mind for some time. The repub is now done and the three ebooks, published by Pronoun, are now all FREE. They can be found at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, Apple iBooks and Google play. If you click where you see the link underlined you will be transported to my book page where you can choose your favourite retailer. Continue reading 15 Weeks – Republished 2017 – FREE

‘Thailand in Perspective’ – Thailand Diaries – Volume 3 – Available from Amazon NOW

Over the past few months I have posted 10 excerpts of Volume 3 of Thailand Diaries – THAILAND IN PERSPECTIVE on ‘’.

Thailand in Perspective - Paperback
Thailand in Perspective – Paperback

If you have read any of the posts I hope you have enjoyed them.

If you haven’t managed to read them or you have only read a few excerpts the good news is that THAILAND IN PERSPECTIVE is published by ‘Amazon’ in Paperback and Kindle e-book.

This is a book for anyone who wants to be entertained and wishes to learn more about Thailand in the process. It is definitely not a travel book in the accepted sense but can easily be categorised as such.

Part 1 gives a potted history of Thailand from the first century.

Part 2 is a critical memoir of my observations of the people and culture of Thailand; a Country, monopolised by superstition, ancient cultural values and old religious beliefs, struggling to come to terms with modernity and the 21st century; people who have, as yet, travelled little.

Over a period of 10 years, first visiting then living, in Thailand I have come to the conclusion thatThais are just like everyone else; vibrant, intelligent and adorable people.

And Thailand is, in a word, irresistible.

But be ready for the culture shock and to find out the things you need to know.

Welcome to this captivating and enthralling land. Contradiction, controversy, confusion, frustration, weird language, cultural barriers and mystery will haunt you. When you eventually get over the early shocks, which may actually take years, and you realise that you cannot fix a ‘dysfunctional’ nation without a modicum of help from above you can begin your bumpy journey.

I present my views objectively although, in setting out the ‘pros and cons’ of life in and the mysteries of Thailand, some of my arguments may be viewed as polemic which ‘was absolutely intentional’. I believe there should be, and usually is, a balance to be found in every society and that most cultures and religions may have syncretic elements to their beliefs, to a greater or lesser degree and we are all ostensibly the same if we look behind the mask.

Volumes 1 an 2 are available as e-books only but are FREE.

Volume 1 – 15 Weeks (FREE) DOWNLOAD NOW


FREE – 15 WEEKS – e-book Now available

So the serialisation of Volume 1 of Thailand Diaries – 15 WEEKS on jamoroki is now complete, after four months, following the posting of the final and 33rd episode. If you have been reading the posts over the last few months I hope you enjoyed them.

If you haven’t managed to read them or you have only read a few episodes the good news is that 15 WEEKS is now available as an ebook with ‘Smashwords’

Download your copy now COMPLETELY FREE.

During 2014 and 2015 this will be followed up with the publication of 2 more volumes of Thailand Diaries.

Here is a summary of the publications. Continue reading FREE – 15 WEEKS – e-book Now available



 “There’s a fine line between fishing and just standing on the shore like an idiot”. (Steven Wright 1955 – )

Don’t Mosquitos bite?

My back is very much on the mend and I’m feeling almost normal again. Back pain has a depressing effect on me as I believe it does on most people who suffer from time to time. I spent a long time at my desk again and at five pm took a short walk to 7eleven to get some airtime for my cell phone. I didn’t get back to my room until eight thirty! You may wonder why when the walk to 7eleven takes just five minutes.

I was enticed into a bar by a bunch of girls who shout and scream every time I go past. It was very hot so I thought a nice cold beer would go down well. It did and so did the many others I ended up drinking. The owner, whose name sounded like ‘Mosquito’, was entertaining a group of female friends who were far too old for my liking but good fun nevertheless. They asked, or rather told, me to join them at a big table. In retrospect that might have been a mistake and a contributory factor to drinking far more than I would normally have done. To cut a long story short, I was just about to leave when ‘Mosquito’ stood up and called across the table to me.

“I think you should sleep with me tonight”. Continue reading 15 WEEKS – THAILAND DIARIES – EPISODE 33