Colin Cotterill

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Colin Cotterill,
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Colin Cotterill (born 2 October 1952) is a London-born teacher, crime writer and cartoonist. Cotterill has dual English and Australian citizenship; however, he currently lives in Southeast Asia, where he writes the award-winning Dr. Siri mystery series set in the People's Democratic Republic of Laos, and the Jimm Juree crime novels set in southern Thailand.


Colin Cotterill was born in London and trained as a teacher and set off on a world tour that didn't ever come to an end. He worked as a Physical Education instructor in Israel, a primary school teacher in Australia, a counselor for educationally handicapped adults in the US, and a university lecturer in Japan. But the greater part of his latter years has been spent in Southeast Asia. Colin has taught and trained teachers in Thailand and on the Burmese border. He spent several years in Laos, initially with UNESCO and wrote and produced a forty-programme language teaching series; English By Accident, for Thai national television.

Fifteen years ago, Cotterill became involved in child protection in the region and set up an NGO in Phuket which he ran for the first two years. After two more years of study in child abuse issues, and one more stint in Phuket, he moved on to ECPAT, an international organisation combating child prostitution and pornography. He established their training program for caregivers.

All the while, Cotterill continued with his two other passions; cartooning and writing. He contributed regular columns for the Bangkok Post but had little time to write. It wasn't until his work with trafficked children that he found himself sufficiently stimulated to put together his first novel, The Night Bastard (Suk's Editions. 2000). {Cotterill's website implies that he was never paid by the publisher for this book, listing Evil in the Land Without as "...the first novel I got paid for..."}

The reaction to that first attempt was so positive that Cotterill decided to take time off and write full-time. Since October 2001 he has written twelve more novels. Two of these are child-protection based: Evil in the Land Without (Asia Books December 2003), and Pool and Its Role in Asian Communism (Asia Books, Dec 2005). These were followed by The Coroner's Lunch (Soho Press. Dec 2004), Thirty Three Teeth (Aug 2005), Disco for the Departed (Aug 2006), Anarchy and Old Dogs (Aug 2007), and Curse of the Pogo Stick (Aug 2008), The Merry Misogynist (Aug 2009), Love Songs from a Shallow Grave (Aug 2010), "Slash and Burn" (2011) these last eight are set in Laos in the 1970s.

On 15 June 2009 Colin Cotterill received the Crime Writers' Association "Dagger in the Library" award for being "the author of crime fiction whose work is currently giving the greatest enjoyment to library users".[1]

When the Lao books gained in popularity, Cotterill set up a project to send books to Lao children and sponsor trainee teachers. The "Books for Laos" programme elicits support from fans of the books and is administered purely on a voluntary basis.[citation needed]

Since 1990, Cotterill has been a regular cartoonist for national publications. A Thai language translation of his cartoon scrapbook, Ethel and Joan Go to Phuket (Matichon May 2004) and weekly social cartoons in the Nation newspaper, set him back onto the cartoon trail in 2004. On 4 April 2004, an illustrated bilingual column cycle logical was launched in Matichon's popular weekly news magazine. These have been published in book form.

Colin Cotterill lives in a fishing community on the Gulf of Siam with an ever-expanding pack of dogs who do not like to go walking; he has also recently offered to provide one month's shelter to any would-be crime/thriller author who intends to produce a first draft of a first novel.[citation needed]


Dr. Siri Paiboun series[edit]

Soho Press, New York. ISBN 1-56947-376-5

Soho Press, New York. ISBN 1-56947-388-9

Soho Press, New York. ISBN 1-56947-464-8

Soho Press, New York. ISBN 1-56947-463-X

Soho Press, New York, ISBN 1-56947-485-0

Soho Press, New York. ISBN 1-56947-556-3
Quercus, UK. ISBN 1-84916-008-2

Soho Press, New York. ISBN 978-1-56947-627-7

Quercus Publishing Plc, London. ISBN 978-0-85738-198-9

Quercus Publishing Plc, London. ISBN 978-1-78087-832-4

Jimm Juree series[edit]

Minotaur Books, New York ISBN 978-0-312-56453-7

Minotaur Books, New York ISBN 978-0-312-56454-4

Minotaur Books, New York ISBN 9781250043368

Other publications[edit]

iUniverse, USA

Matichon Suth Supdah Magazine. Thailand.
Cyclelogical Collection in book form, (2006) (ขับช้าชิดซ้าย)
Matichon, Bangkok, ISBN 974-323-709-7

Asia Books, Thailand, ISBN 974-8303-76-4

Matichon Publishing House (Thai language), Thailand ISBN 974-323-236-2

Asia Books, Thailand ISBN 974-8303-70-5

Suk's Editions, Thailand ISBN 974-7457-24-5



  1. ^ a b "The Crime Writers Association: 2009 CWA Daggers". Retrieved 2012-01-26. 
  2. ^ "Stop, You're Killing Me! website, Dilys Award 1992-2011". Retrieved 2012-06-22. 
  3. ^ "crime fiction convention in Bristol, UK". Crimefest. Retrieved 2012-01-26. 
  4. ^ "Frances Fyfield wins the CWA Duncan Lawrie Dagger 2008". 2011-10-13. Retrieved 2012-01-26. 
  5. ^ [1][dead link]
  6. ^ "Stop, You're Killing Me! website, Dilys Award 1992-2011". Retrieved 2012-06-22. 
  7. ^ "Deadly Pleasures Mystery Magazine- Barry Awards". 2008-10-09. Retrieved 2012-01-26. 

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