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. 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-program language teaching series; English By Accident,
for Thai national television.
while, Colin continued with his two other passions; cartooning and
writing. He contributed regular columns for the Bangkok Post.
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). The reaction to that first attempt
was so positive that Colin decided to take time off and write full-time.
1990, Colin has been a regular cartoonist for national publications.
A Thai language translation of his cartoon scrapbook, Ethel and
Joan Go to Phuket and weekly social cartoons in The Nation
newspaper. In 2004, an illustrated bilingual column ‘cycle logical’
was launched in Matichon Weekly magazine. Later, both comic strips
have been published in book form.
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.”
Orwell Brigade will coming out in November 2012.