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Book: Luang Sorasak - Tiger King of Siam by Robert Andrew Smith

categories: Book, History, Ayutthaya, Mixed Martial Arts, Muay Thai, Siam, Thailand, Boxing, Fighting, James Figg, Bare Knuckle Fighting, London, Heavyweight Boxing, Luang Sorasak

Robert Andrew Smith

Author Robert Andrew Smithabout this book: England 1713

A ship docks in London. On board is Luang Sorasak. A fighter and a king. Set in the seedy underbelly of a London rarely described he makes his way with the only skill he understands. The fast-moving story follows his rise to the top in this violent world, culminating in his long-anticipated fight with James Figg, the first champion fighter.

The story derives from my novel "The Kings of Ayutthaya" due to be published later this year by Silkworm Books. "The kings" takes you on a journey through Thai history and what a history it is! Thirty-three kings plus two from the kingdom of Sukhothai, the cradle of the Thai nation. Of all the kings of Ayutthaya Luang Sorasak, King Suriyenthrathibodi, was one of the nastiest. History records he took to drink and died. This is not the Luang Sorasak I wrote about. He was a fighter and a survivor. This is his story.

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A Tale of Muay Thai v Bare Knuckle Boxing in Eighteenth-Century London
By Adrian Pearson on 6 Dec. 2016

A very enjoyable romp through the world of bare knuckle boxing in the early eighteenth century. Spice is added to the story through the central character of the exiled King of Thailand (then Siam) who pitted his Thai boxing skills against the London fighters. The contrast in fighting styles is a major theme throughout the story. History is accurately portrayed with the other central character of James Figg, known as the Father of the Ring , who opened a boxing academy in London in 1719 in Tottenham Court Road. The plot also involves the characters with events leading to the Jacobean rising and enriches the story throughout. The pace never flags and the reader is kept interested throughout. The reader will gain an understanding of how the noble art of boxing started and may be surprised to learn of the rounds of combat using weapons such as the cudgel and sword prior to the climactic round of fist fighting. The no holds barred approach was far from the gentlemanly sport we know today. All those interested in Thai martial arts will be engaged by the clash between two cultures and their approaches to the fighting arts. A thoroughly enjoyable yarn throughout.


Check out my other books:

King Naresuan the Great. The story of Thailand's national hero set in the late 1500's. A tale that needed telling.

1809; The Year They Freed the Slaves. Under my pen name Jack Lourens, the story chronicles the events that led to Thomas Jefferson freeing the slaves in 1809 (and I know he was only president until 1808 but you will have to read the book to find out.

The Georgia Secession. The sequel to 1809. A fast-moving political thriller set against the backdrop of the war of 1812.

The Annunaki. This Science Fiction come History novel starts 14.2 million years ago. A series of ten short stories tell of mankind's past and it's future.

The Pastor, The Atheist and the Unbeliever. Three people collide against the looming 2032 U.S. presidential election.A tale of politics, crime and religion.

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