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Beach Reads – December 2012

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Few things are better than getting a tan with your favorite book in hand. Here are some of the books you may want to bring on your holidays. You can buy them at local bookstores.

THE CASUAL VACANCY

By J.K. Rowling

Synopsis: When Barry Fairbrother dies in his early 40s, the town of Pagford is left in shock. Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty fa?ade is a town at war. Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils…Pagford is not what it first seems. And the empty seat left by Barry on the parish council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen. Who will triumph in an election fraught with passion, duplicity, and unexpected revelations? A big novel about a small town, “The Casual Vacancy” is J. K. Rowling’s first novel for adults. It is the work of a storyteller like no other.

Price: Bt680 (US$22.06) // Available in Asia Books / Bookazine

FIFTY SHADES OF GREY

By E.L. James

Synopsis: Romantic, liberating and totally addictive, “Fifty Shades of Grey” is a novel that will obsess you, possess you, and stay with you forever. When literature student Anastasia Steele interviews successful entrepreneur Christian Grey, she finds him very attractive and deeply intimidating. Convinced that their meeting went badly, she tries to put him out of her mind – until he turns up at the store where she works part-time, and invites her out. Unworldly and innocent, Ana is shocked to find she wants this man. And, when he warns her to keep her distance, it only makes her want him more. But Grey is tormented by inner demons, and consumed by the need to control. As they embark on a passionate love affair, Ana discovers more about her own desires, as well as the dark secrets Grey keeps hidden away from public view…

Price: Bt.355 (US$11.52) // Available in Asia Books / Bookazine

THAILAND AT RANDOM

By Chungsiriwat & Grossman

Synopsis: An illustrated collection of Thailand trivia, Thailand at Random is filled with anecdotes, statistics, quotes, historical asides, facts, folklore and other unusual and useful tidbits.

Price: Bt585 (US$18.98) // Available in Asia Books / Bookazine

THE GRAPES OF WRATH

By John Steinbeck

Synopsis: ‘To the red country and part of the gray country of Oklahoma, the last rains came gently, and they did not cut the scarred earth’. Drought and economic depression are driving thousands from Oklahoma. As their land becomes just another strip in the dust bowl, the Joads, a family of sharecroppers, decide they have no choice but to follow. They head west, towards California, where they hope to find work and a future for their family. But while the journey to this promised land will take its inevitable toll, there remains uncertainty about what awaits their arrival …Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, “The Grapes of Wrath” is an epic human drama. Of this novel, Steinbeck himself said: ‘I’ve done my damndest to rip a reader’s nerves to rags, I don’t want him satisfied’.

Price: Bt.405 (US$13.14) // Available in Asia Books / Bookazine