From Soi Navin Little Green Books to Real Books


Liese O’Halloran Schwarz attended Bangkok Patana in her early years, from 1968 to 1970 when the school was located in Soi Navin.

Alumni Liese O’Halloran Schwarz attended Bangkok Patana in her early years, from 1968 to 1970 when the school was located in Soi Navin. Liese went to school in Washington DC after leaving Bangkok. She attended Harvard University and then medical school at the University of Virginia. She specialised in Emergency Medicine and published her first novel, Near Canaan while still in medical school. Liese practiced medicine after graduating, but her first love has always been books. She recently published the highly rated novel The Possible World.

“My favourite memory of Bangkok Patana, has to be playing with my friends. I remember my friends Brigitte, Lucinda and Robin. Also, writing stories; I still have some of them, in the little green books we used.”

What are the things that you learned/experienced at Bangkok Patana that you stilluse today? I believe my imagination was fed at Patana!

Current Position: Under a mountain of books, reading my way out 🙂