The author critics once dubbed the ‘Master Craftsman of Thailand Short Stories’ is back with 16 new tales featuring characters as diverse as thieving lady-men, Essex wide-boys, fortune-telling spirit doctors and psychotic, axe-wielding grandmothers. Set in locations from the rural hill-tribe villages of Northern Thailand to the neon-lit bar-strips of Pattaya, they are all based on true events and revolve around the concept of karma in Thailand and the rewards and dangers of accruing both good and bad merit in life.
True to form Jaggs’ latest offering pulls no punches and as usual contains blunt, non-P.C material that will amuse, upset and in some cases, very likely offend. Whether you love or hate the author’s work it is undeniable he does provide an insight into life in Thailand like few writers ever have. There will not be many readers who finish this book without sneaking a quick, backward glance over their shoulders at the karma they may have earned during their own lives.
Peter Jaggs is from Essex in England and has spent the best part of the past twenty five years in Thailand since he was in his early twenties and has visited every province in the country. Peter has always believed that real work is a necessary evil and should only be undertaken when funds are required for the extended bouts of bar-hopping, fishing and hanging out on beaches he much prefers.However, he does enjoy writing about his beloved second home and has had articles, stories and poems published in several newspapers and magazines. Although Peter loves women – especially of the Thai variety – he is not married because he feels that a wife would be as much of a hindrance to his freedom and irresponsible lifestyle as a regular job. Besides this, no female on God’s earth could put up with him for any length of time apart from his mother.Peter is currently based between Devon, England and Pattaya City and spends an equal amount of time in each of his two homes with frequent excursions to other favourite venues in Asia. Peter also wrote the first ever book in the English language published on freshwater fishing in Thailand.