voice from the grassroots
Sudham was born in a small remote village in Esarn, Northeast Thailand.
He spent his early years in the rice fields helping his parents and
tending a herd of buffaloes until he went to Bangkok to be a servant to
Buddhist monks in a temple where he was admitted to a school. To support
himself, he sold souvenirs to tourists in the streets of Bangkok until
he won a scholarship from the New Zealand Government to study English
language and literature at Auckland University and Victoria University.
In New Zealand he began writing short stories in English which were
published in Landfall, a leading literary quarterly and in various
publications in Australia and U.S.A.
His first book, Siamese Drama, a collection of short stories, was
published in 1983, followed by People of Esarn in 1987.
He has lived for over ten years in Hong Kong, Australia and in England
where he wrote his novel, Monsoon Country. Now he divides his
time between living in England and in Bangkok and a village life in a
district of Napo, where he was born.
・A farmer and his wife
・A food vendor
and a taxi driver
・A Thai woman in
・A hired gunman
◆An Esarn Notebook
・Wanted dead or
・The Child Trade
・The Dying Rivers
・The Dying Earth
・A New Leg for
・Paddy Fields for
・Food from the