The acclaimed TV documentary series From my first day of walking the streets of Bangkok I was amazed by what I saw. Beautiful Ladyboy prostitutes, monks in saffron robes, shrines to Buddha and Ganesh, the smell of cooking and incense everywhere. This is my journey so far. From a naïve tourist falling in love with the wrong kind of girl to turning my back on Thailand’s night-life, discovering Thai culture and finding a ladyboy I could trust. Together, Annie and I featured in ‘Ladyboys’, Sky Living Television’s acclaimed documentary series. What happened behind the scenes and how it confirmed my life choices as well as shedding light on the transgender community in Thailand makes up a part of the story. Read more about what Annie and I are doing now and everything you need to know about Thai Ladyboys at: www.davidbonnie.com
Author: Pornchai Sereemongkonpol , Susan Aldous
Publisher: Maverick House
This extraordinary book is an intimate portrait of Thailand’s ladyboys: the men who have chosen to become women. Funny, passionate, angry and provocative, Ladyboys is a no-holds-barred look at the secret lives of Thailand’s transsexual men. The book offers intimate details of the lives that they’ve never publicly revealed. They talk about the choices they’ve made, their relationships, families, frustrations and hopes. The stories include those of an exotic cabaret performer, a sex worker and even a Muay Thai boxing champion. Ladyboys will leave you amused, saddened, and entertained.
Into The Night Life
Author: Crazy Horse
Bangkok, Singapore, Jakarta, Shanghai, Pattaya Crazy Horse returns to Asia with his follow up to A Year in the ‘Kok. “Every dissatisfied man in a western country should read this book.” “Funny and empowering. Reminds me why I moved to Thailand in the first place.” “Don’t visit Bangkok without reading this book first.” “Excellent.”
My Ladyboy Date
Author: Heinz Duthel
Publisher: BoD – Books on Demand
My Ladyboy Date Give love a chance The World history of transgender or transsexual people Theorist Anne Fausto-Sterling, in a 1993 article, argued that if people ought to be classified in sexes, at least five sexes, rather than two, would be needed. There is a huge variety of terms and names for transsexual women. If you've been using dating sites for a while, you noticed that they have a variety of terms which leads many men to confusion. Even trans women themselves are uncertain of the meaning of some terms. In the Philippines, a lot of trans women wrongly call themselves gay. In Thailand, the term Ladyboy is the most popular. Let's explain these terms the best we can. Hopefully, you'll have a better understanding of what they mean after you read this guide. Transgender A transgender person is a person whose gender identity doesn't align with the role society is expecting of them. To better understand the transgender term, you have to be aware that society only recognises two genders; male or female. To make it worse, it is expected to be your gender depending on what your assigned sex was from birth. If you are born with a penis, you are expected to be a man, if you are born with a vagina, you are expected to be a girl. Transgender people do not identify themselves with the gender they were born. Transgender is actually a general term that encapsulates many other labels such as: transsexuals, transvestites, genderqueers, drag queens and drag kings.
Don't Stop Believin'
Author: Brian Raftery
Publisher: Da Capo Press
Armed with a keen eye and a terrible singing voice, writer Brian Raftery sets out across the globe, tracing karaoke's evolution from cult fad to multi-million dollar phenomenon. In Japan, he meets Daisuke Inoue, the godfather of karaoke; in Thailand, he follows a group of Americans hoping to win the Karaoke World Championships; and in New York City, he hangs out backstage with the world's longest-running heavy-metal karaoke band. Along the way, Raftery chronicles his own time as an obsessive karaoke fan, recalling a life's worth of noisy relationships and poor song choices, and analyzing the karaoke-bar merits of such artists as Prince, Bob Dylan and Fugazi. Part cultural history, part memoir, Don't Stop Believin': How Karaoke Conquered the World and Changed My Life is a hilarious and densely reported look at the liberating effects of a good sing-along.
My Thai Girl and I
Author: Andrew Hicks
Publisher: Monsoon Books
This is about how Andrew Hicks met Cat, a ‘Thai girl’ half his age and how they set up home together in her village out in the rice fields of North Eastern Thailand. He'll tell you of toads in the toilet, of ants' eggs for breakfast, how they took up frog farming and how he got married without really meaning to. It's also a book about the countryside, of the old Thailand where the rhythm of the seasons and belief in the spirits and Buddhism remain strong. Though how could Andrew, a greying English lawyer, ever fit into the lives of a Thai rice farming family? Can Cat and Andrew with their many differences really be compatible?
Author: Benjamin Law
Publisher: Cleis Press
A gay Asian-Australian man wonders what his life would be like if he grew up in Asia, so he travels to several Asian countries and investigates gay culture in Indonesia, Thailand, China, Japan, Malaysia, Myanmar, and India.
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Edward Warren, twenty-four, has been living in Thailand for five years, a prodigal son who left his family after an irreparable fight with his father, Luke. But he gets a frantic phone call: His dad lies comatose, gravely injured in the same accident that has also injured his younger sister Cara. With her father's chances for recovery dwindling, Cara wants to wait for a miracle. But Edward wants to terminate life support and donate his father's organs. Is he motivated by altruism, or revenge? And to what lengths will his sister go to stop him from making an irrevocable decision? Lone Wolf explores the notion of family, and the love, protection and strength it's meant to offer. But what if the hope that should sustain it, is the very thing that pulls it apart? Another tour de force from Jodi Picoult, Lone Wolf examines the wild and lonely terrain upon which love battles reason.
The Naked Tourist
Author: Lawrence Osborne
Publisher: North Point Press
From the theme resorts of Dubai to the jungles of Papua New Guinea, a disturbing but hilarious tour of the exotic east—and of the tour itself Sick of producing the bromides of the professional travel writer, Lawrence Osborne decided to explore the psychological underpinnings of tourism itself. He took a six-month journey across the so-called Asian Highway—a swathe of Southeast Asia that, since the Victorian era, has seduced generations of tourists with its manufactured dreams of the exotic Orient. And like many a lost soul on this same route, he ended up in the harrowing forests of Papua, searching for a people who have never seen a tourist. What, Osborne asks, are millions of affluent itinerants looking for in these endless resorts, hotels, cosmetic-surgery packages, spas, spiritual retreats, sex clubs, and "back to nature" trips? What does tourism, the world's single largest business, have to sell? A travelogue into that heart of darkness known as the Western mind, The Naked Tourist is the most mordant and ambitious work to date from the author of The Accidental Connoisseur, praised by The New York Times Book Review as "smart, generous, perceptive, funny, sensible."
The Thai Dragon
Author: Guy Lilburne
A beautiful young woman is found murdered in a luxury apartment on the tropical holiday island of Phuket. She has been butchered. She has a top security pass for the British embassy. Exhibits have gone missing and the crime scene has been tampered with. Dublin born Detective Sgt Danny O’Brien has been an alcoholic for the last ten years, when the British Ambassador in Bangkok requests assistance from Scotland Yard for this ‘No hoper’ of a case. Danny is packed off to Thailand to see out the last six months before his retirement. He is met at the airport by the beautiful, but brand newly promoted Thai Detective ‘Ying’ who is assigned to him because she is the only Thai Detective who is fluent in English. They both have secrets and sorrows from their pasts and issues with each other and with the case. Can they overcome a cultural difference that puts them worlds apart long enough to solve an unsolvable case?
Author: Guy Lilburne
Gary Sloan and the rest of the boys from the Sloan Square gang are back by popular demand. With the Sloan Square Bar making big money from an army of fans and the sale of tee-shirts going through the roof, it was time for a change. The boys from the bar had become celebrities and although they loved meeting their fans, signing autographs, playing dominos and having their photos taken, a new challenge lay ahead. Sloany and the boys had the opportunity to buy and run a holiday resort near the beautiful village of Bang Saray in Thailand. With Gary Sloan running the business what could possibly go wrong! The ‘Band of Brothers’ pull together once again to make their new life in the Land of Smiles a success. If you liked meeting the boys in the first book ‘Living the Dream’, you will love catching up with them again in ‘Loving Life’. The boys are well and truly back in town in this unmissable book.
Author: Paul Theroux
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
“Suave and accomplished . . . [The stories] are unsettling, resistant to tidy denouement and faintly misanthropic.” — Washington Post “Beneath the deceptive elegance of these stories, land mines lurk, and Theroux detonates them with gusto.” — O, the Oprah Magazine A family watches their patriarch transform into the singing, wisecracking lead of an old-timey minstrel show. An art collector publicly destroys his most valuable pieces. Two boys stand by as their father wages war on the raccoons living under their house. In this new collection, acclaimed author Paul Theroux shows us humanity possessed, consumed by compulsive desire, always with his carefully honed eye for detail and the subtle idiosyncrasies that bring his characters to life. Searing, dark, and sure to unsettle, Mr. Bones is a stunning display of Theroux’s “fluent, faintly sinister powers of vision and imagination” (The New Yorker). “Fans of Theroux’s fiction will be pleased to observe, in the twenty stories collected in Mr. Bones, clear evidence of how little he has mellowed over time . . . Mr. Bones is a series of characteristically dark and sharply focused snapshots from the world that Paul Theroux has observed—and invented.” — Francine Prose, New York Times Book Review
Author: Ryan Humphreys
Teachers College didn't prepare him for this!Stung by a scorpion, coerced into singing an 80's Karaoke love duet with his tearful boss - twice, performing military drills under the guise of teacher development and living in a desolate, eerie house surrounded by swamp and jungle are a sample of Ryan Humphreys' amazing but true experiences during his first year of teaching in a Thai school, traveling throughout Thailand and adapting to life in a new and exotic country.This good life abroad story is filled with suspense, travel, romance, and most importantly, lots of humor. Join Ryan on his stimulating journey through exotic Thailand as he reveals a side of this fascinating country and its people you have never seen.
The Third Sex
Author: Richard Totman
Publisher: Souvenir Press Ltd
The Kathoey, Thailand's Ladyboys, have long been part of Thailand's cultural landscape. Richard Totman introduces three ladyboys, and follows their development towards becoming fully fledged kathoey. Placing their lives in the context of the cultural, historical, religious, biological and psychological aspects of trans-gender. The kathoey serve as part of a wider discussion on trans-gender, and the presence of 'third-sex' groups in many ancient communities, originating in beliefs that pre-date doctrinaire religion. If the existence of a 'third sex' is a universal norm, is Western society repressed while the Thais represent a norm in nature?
Just Another Number
Author: Maggie Young