About the Author
is an Englishman who has lived most of his life in Asia. He speaks Thai, Lao, French, Malay and Indonesian. Awarded a doctorate for his studies among the Hmong of Thailand, he lectured in anthropology at the University of Singapore before joining the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Taking a very early retirement from the UN, he joined the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office in 2000 as Head of the British Trade Office in the Lao People's Democratic Republic. In 2006, he opened Book-Café Vientiane, the largest second-hand book outlet in the Lao PDR, where he continues to live and write. Dr Cooper has written widely on Thailand and the region, including the well-known 'CultureShock! Thailand' and 'Thais Mean Business'. Under the name Robert Fox, he has published two novels and is working on a third.