Colin Cotterill

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


Colin Cotterill was born in London and trained as a teacher. 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. More recently, Colin 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.

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.

During this time, Cotterill contributed regular columns for the Bangkok Post. His first novel, The Night Bastard, was published by Suk's Editions in 2000. The positive reaction to his novel prompted Cotterill to write full-time. His subsequent books include Evil in the Land Without (Asia Books December 2003), Pool and Its Role in Asian Communism (Asia Books, Dec 2005), 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), Curse of the Pogo Stick (Aug 2008), The Merry Misogynist (Aug 2009), Love Songs from a Shallow Grave (Aug 2010), and Slash and Burn (2011).

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]

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. In 2016, he was directing his efforts toward the not-for-profit publishing project in Laos, Big Brother Mouse, founded by Sasha Alyson.[2][better source 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 was published by Matichon in May 2004. On 4 April 2004, an illustrated bilingual column cycle logical was launched in the Matichon Weekly news magazine. These have been published in book form.


  • 2010 Finalist, Dilys Award for "Love Songs from a Shallow Grave"[3]
  • 2009 CWA "Dagger in The Library" award for The Dr. Siri Series[1]
  • 2009 Short-listed for Crimefest "Last Laugh Award" for Anarchy and Old Dogs[4]
  • 2008 Short-listed for "CWA Dagger" for The Coroner's Lunch[5]
  • 2007 Prix SNCF Du Polar for Le Dejeuner du Coroner (The Coroner's Lunch)[6]
  • 2006 Dilys Award for Thirty Three Teeth[7]
  • 2005 Nominee for Barry Award "Best First Novel" for The Coroner's Lunch[8]


Dr. Siri Paiboun series[edit]

  • The Coroner's Lunch (2004) - Soho Press, New York. ISBN 1-56947-376-5
  • Thirty-Three Teeth (August 2005) - Soho Press, New York. ISBN 1-56947-388-9
  • Disco For the Departed (August 2006) - Soho Press, New York. ISBN 1-56947-464-8
  • Anarchy and Old Dogs (August 2007) - Soho Press, New York. ISBN 1-56947-463-X
  • Curse of the Pogo Stick (August 2008) - Soho Press, New York, ISBN 1-56947-485-0
  • The Merry Misogynist (August 2009) -
  • Love Songs from a Shallow Grave (August 2010) - Soho Press, New York. ISBN 978-1-56947-627-7
  • Slash and Burn (October 2011) - Quercus Publishing Plc, London. ISBN 978-0-85738-198-9
  • The Woman Who Wouldn't Die (January 2013) - Quercus Publishing Plc, London. ISBN 978-1-78087-832-4
  • Six and a Half Deadly Sins (June 2015) - Soho Crime, New York. ISBN 978-1-61695-5588
  • I Shot the Buddha (August 2016) - Soho Crime, New York. ISBN 978-1-61695-722-3
  • The Rat Catchers' Olympics (August 2017) - Soho Crime, New York. ISBN 978-1-61695-825-1
  • Don't Eat Me (August 2018) - Soho Crime, New York. ISBN 978-1-61695-940-1

Jimm Juree series[edit]

Other publications[edit]

  • Bleeding in Black and White (April 2015) - CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform ISBN 978-1511671293
  • Ageing Disgracefully (October 2009) - iUniverse, USA
  • Cyclelogical.
    • Weekly column - Matichon Suth Supdah Magazine. Thailand.
    • Cyclelogical Collection in book form, (2006) (ขับช้าชิดซ้าย) - Matichon, Bangkok, ISBN 974-323-709-7
  • Pool and its Role in Asian Communism (2005) - CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, ISBN 978-1500750404
  • Ethel and Joan Go to Phuket (2004) (ภูเก็ตพังแน่ แม่แม่กำลังมา) - Matichon Publishing House (Thai language), Thailand ISBN 974-323-236-2
  • Evil in the Land Without (2003) - CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform ISBN 978-1500994914
  • The Night Bastard (2000) - Suk's Editions, Thailand ISBN 974-7457-24-5


  1. ^ a b "2009 CWA Daggers". The Crime Writers' Association. Retrieved 8 September 2016.
  2. ^ "Books for Laos". Colin Cotterill. Retrieved 8 September 2016. details
  3. ^ "Stop, You're Killing Me! website, Dilys Award 1992-2011". Retrieved 22 June 2012.
  4. ^ "crime fiction convention in Bristol, UK". Crimefest. Retrieved 26 January 2012.
  5. ^ "Frances Fyfield wins the CWA Duncan Lawrie Dagger 2008". 13 October 2011. Archived from the original on 11 January 2012. Retrieved 2012-01-26.
  6. ^ [1][dead link]
  7. ^ "Stop, You're Killing Me! website, Dilys Award 1992-2011". Retrieved 22 June 2012.
  8. ^ "Deadly Pleasures Mystery Magazine- Barry Awards". 9 October 2008. Archived from the original on 23 April 2012. Retrieved 26 January 2012.

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