Steven-John Tait

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I was born in Aberdeen, Scotland and live between Aberdeenshire, London and the Algarve.

I love adding friends with similar taste in books. I'm always looking for new stuff to read, and to gain a different perspective on what I've read already. Please feel free to add me.

I wrote Vagabundo

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Vagabundo

4.20 avg rating — 20 ratings — published 2019 — 2 editions
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Thailand the Last Domino by Richard West

Thailand, The Last Domino Thailand, The Last Domino by Richard West

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


This book was published in 1991. Richard West presents a round picture of Thailand's past and present and covers all of its four geographical corners.

The book introduced me to people and events I'd never heard of - Jim Thompson the silk man, Charles Sobhraj the serial killer, and presented different views on stuff I had heard of Read more of this blog post »
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“From the moment I start a new novel, life’s just one endless torture. The first few chapters may go fairly well and I may feel there’s still a chance to prove my worth, but that feeling soon disappears and every day I feel less and less satisfied. I begin to say the book’s no good, far inferior to my earlier ones, until I’ve wrung torture out of every page, every sentence, every word, and the very commas begin to look excruciatingly ugly. Then, when it’s finished, what a relief! Not the blissful delight of the gentleman who goes into ecstasies over his own production, but the resentful relief of a porter dropping a burden that’s nearly broken his back . . . Then it starts all over again, and it’ll go on starting all over again till it grinds the life out of me, and I shall end my days furious with myself for lacking talent, for not leaving behind a more finished work, a bigger pile of books, and lie on my death-bed filled with awful doubts about the task I’ve done, wondering whether it was as it ought to have been, whether I ought not to have done this or that, expressing my last dying breath the wish that I might do it all over again!”
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