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Colin Cotterill was born in London in 1952. He trained as a teacher and worked in Israel, Australia, the US, and Japan before training teachers in Thailand and on the Burmese border. He spent several years in Laos, initially with UNESCO and wrote and produced a forty-programme language teaching series; English By Accident, for Thai national television. Ten years ago, Colin became involved in child protection in the region. He is still involved in social projects and has recently set up a book and scholarship programme for his beloved Laos (
All the while, Colin continues with his two other passions; cartooning and writing. .His work with trafficked children stimulated him to put together his first novel, The Night Bastard (Suk's Editions. 2000). Since October 2001 he has written nine more books: Evil in the Land Without (Asia Books December 03), The Role of Pool in Asian Communism (Asia Books, Dec 05), The Coroner’s Lunch (Soho Press. Jan 05), Thirty Three Teeth (Soho Aug 05) Disco for the Departed (Aug 06), Anarchy and Old Dogs (Aug 07) these last four set in Laos in the 1970’s. The fifth book in the Dr. Siri series, Curse of the Pogo Stick , has just been completed.
Since 1990, Colin has been a regular cartoonist for national publications and produced a Thai language translation of his cartoon scrapbook, Ethel and Joan Go to Phuket (Matichon May 04) and an anthology of his bilingual magazine column ‘Cycle Logical’ (Matichon 06). Colin is married and lives in Chumphon in the south of Thailand where he decapitates coconuts and rides his bicycle along the coast.
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Books And Authors I Like:
Usually non-fiction. Most anything by Paul Theroux and Bill Bryson, and any old travel books. My favourite of these is A Dragon Apparent by Norman Lewis
Movies And TV Shows I Like:
I don't have 'favourites' as the shows and movies i like change with the seasons. i recently got addicted to The West Wing (pirated edition). Movies usually hit the spot once then get old in a hurry.

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Move Over F Word

I am, I confess, a reluctant blogger. I was recently nudged into the squally surf of it by a large international publishing conglomerate who shall remain unnamed. With only moderate spluttering, I put together a piece of between 250 and 300 words (I weighed in at 299). It referred to my fate at the hands of censors. Here it is in its entirety. The punchline comes in the post script.

How the Devil lost its Vagina

You’d imagine, as I did, that the title of a story, like the paint… Continue

Posted on August 22, 2007 at 3:11am — 3 Comments

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At 1:24am on September 26, 2008, Linda Brown said…
There's an old joke here in the States, maybe you know it: "I'm from the government and I'm here to help; the check's in the mail; and..."
At 2:57am on September 25, 2008, Linda Brown said…
Oh, Colin -- you have to come back to L.A. -- people are positively whining about it! Pogo is jumping off the shelves, but it would jump higher if you were here to sign it and charm everyone... Linda at The Mystery Bookstore
At 12:53am on April 24, 2008, colin cotterill said…
hello lj
i guess that's why we can never aspire to be marketers. so, how did you get away with the sex club? cc
At 12:45am on April 24, 2008, L.J. Sellers said…
Hi Colin
Your work and travels are admirable. Too bad about the title. I like explicit. But sadly, the marketers are usually right.
At 4:33am on January 2, 2008, Darren Laws said…
g'day to you too and a very happy 2008!
At 10:33am on October 24, 2007, Lyn LeJeune said…
Greetings: Just to let you know that my New Orleans noir mystery, The
Beatitudes, has received 5 starred reviews! I am donating all royalties to the New Orleans Public Library Foundation to help rebuild the public libraries. I have posted Chapter I on my blog Please read and if you like it, help rebuild a library for NOLA. Thank you Lyn LeJeune
At 5:05am on August 22, 2007, Donna Moore said…
Sadly no - much as I would like to, I won't be in the vicinity of Thailand any time soon. Hope to see you at either Crimefest or Harrogate next year maybe. If you're over doing a booktour in the UK let me know (especially if your tour takes in Scotland!)
At 4:55am on August 22, 2007, Donna Moore said…
Hiya - the button thing worked - you did good :o) That was a good evening, wasn't it? David and McKenna are lovely hosts. Hope to see you again at a bookstore or convention. Don't suppose you'll be at Bouchercon in Alaska will you?
At 2:59am on August 14, 2007, gracebrophy said…
Hi Colin--did you ever get to Italy?
At 1:23am on August 9, 2007, Lyn LeJeune said…
Okay, whose the guy with you in the picture? What's the state of libraries in Thailand? My book, The Beatitudes, is a paranormal thriller set in New Orleans. It will be out in the fall and I am donating all royalties directly to the New Orleans Public Library Foundation. Libraries support the infrastructure of a great city, so I have started The Beatitudes Network to promote awareness of the importance of public libraries in NOLA.
The blogsite describes the Network, has excerpts from The Beatitudes, recipes, and more. Merci mille fois. Lyn Lejeune.

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