Wednesday, 5 June 2019

New Arrivals at The Penang Bookshelf in June 2019

New Arrivals at The Penang Bookshelf


June 2019

(Last Updated 17-6-19)

This is a list of new arrivals advertised at The Penang Bookshelf for this month. Please note: -

  • Each book advertised below includes a brief description of its contents and condition as well as the price in Malaysian Ringgit. If you want a fuller description of a used book's condition, to look at the scanned contents page, if any, and or to find out the price in USD, please click on the link in blue for the relevant book. 
  • If you click on a link after the current month and find nothing, the book's been sold.  
  • Of course, if you want to buy anything you see here, you can either do so from the site or contact me at 
  • This page will be updated constantly until the end of the month.
  • The prices shown here hold good for at least this month, but for out of print books, the prices may change in subsequent months.
  • All prices include free postage to anywhere in Malaysia.

Malaysia & Singapore - Architecture 

In this book, the Sabah section of Pertubuhan Akitek Malaysia, The Malaysian Architects'' Association, showcase the state's architectural achievements over the previous half century. There is little evidence of conservation architecture, but plenty of commercial and a few domestic buildings. 102 pages with many black and white and a few colour photographs For further details, please see the scanned contents page. New Hardback. First Edition

Malaysia & Singapore - The Arts

Chen Wen Hsi Retrospective 1982 - National Museum Art Gallery, Singapore   RM200

Before Chen Wen Hsi left his native China in 1947, he had been identified by at least one English art magazine as one of the ten most important contemporary artists of the country. He settled in Singapore where he developed his art, often a fusion of Chinese and Western styles, and taught art in the city. This is a catalogue of a retrospective exhibition of his work held in 1982. He died less than a decade later in Singapore. Unpaginated. Approximately 65 pages with colour reproductions of his works mentioned in the scanned contents page. Very Good Paperback First Edition

Contemporary Paintings of Malaysia - Syed Ahmad Jamal & David Kamansky  RM60

A catalogue prepared on the occasion of an exhibition of contemporary Malaysian art at the Pacific Asia Museum in Pasadena, California in 1988/9 with a 23 page essay by Syed Ahmad Jamal, the then Director of the National Art Gallery, on the subject and 42 colour plates. New Paperback. First Edition 

Power and Gold: Jewelry from Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines - Susan Rodgers   RM200

A weighty catalogue of the jewellery collection held at the Barbier - Muller Museum  Geneva in 1985. The subject is gold jewellery, mainly from the indigenous peoples of the area. There is an extensive introduction by Rogers, a senior anthropologist with experience of working with tribal people in the archipelago and a wealth of black and white and colour photographs. 369 pages. For further details, please see the scanned contents page. Near Fine Paperback. First Edition.

Rhapsodies Beyond the Silk Road – Calvin Chua  RM150

An exhibition catalogue  accompanying an exhibition of Chua's work inspired by a visit to Central Asia and China. The exhibition consisted of ten large paintings and a collection of sketches. The work represents a more dynamic abstract style compared to his previous work. 42 pages with colour plates of the works exhibited, an interview with the artist and some colour photos of his journey. New Paperback. First Edition

Early Views of Penang & Malacca, 1660-1880 -Laurence Loh Kwong Yu & Ooi Keat Jin  SOLD

Malaysia & Singapore - Biography & Memoirs

Growing up with Ghosts - Bernice Chauly   RM150

The author is the daughter of a Punjabi father and Chinese mother, who despite family opposition, married in 1966. The book really tells us how they got to that point and what happened afterwards as Chauly reveals the results of burrowings through generations of family history with which many other children of the Chinese and Indian Diaspora can identify. It's also part of the people's history of Malaysia, i.e. how cultures endured and changed and then contributed  to a new Malaysian culture. Fortunately the author's ancestors left behind lots of written and photographic material to enable her to bring this fascinating story to us. New Paperback First Edition 335 pages with photographs, maps and a family tree.


Among Primitive Peoples in Borneo - Ivor H. N Evans   RM400

Evans was a pioneering ethnographer and archaeologist in North Borneo and on the Malay Peninsula. This book is an enthusiastic account of his experiences and findings in the place he was happiest, present day Sabah. The book is not full of dry academic detail as Evans was an enchanting writer. 313 pages with 21 black and white plates and a pull out map. Very Good Hardback. First Edition

Colonial Townships in Sabah: Kudat and Its Northern Settlements - Richard Nelson Sokial  RM230

This book sets out to capture the fascinating early colonial architecture of the Kudat district in Sabah some of which has already disappeared or may well do so due to the ravages of  World War II and 'development.' The simple architecture of the shop houses and buildings in an area which was one of the first in the state to be settled by Chinese immigrants, are examined in some detail. New Hardback. The author is an architect.  First Edition 100 pages For further details, please see the scanned contents page

Colonial Townships in Sabah: West Coast - Richard Nelson Sokial   SOLD

Stranger in the Forest: On Foot Across Borneo - Eric Hansen  RM80

Hansen decided in 1982 to venture into the Borneo rain forest with little more than a bed sheet, a change of clothes and a rattan backpack with items to barter. His trek took him four months over 1,500 miles as he lived with the Penan, the main inhabitants of the forest. At the end of his journey, he turned around and walked another 800 miles to Kuching. A real modern adventure story. 287 pages. Good Paperback Reprint 

Sarawak in the Museum - Betty Scanlon  RM100

A guide to the Sarawak Museum in Kuching as it was in the early 1960s. 23 pages with a map and line drawings interspersed within the text. For further details, please see the scanned contents page. Very Good Paperback. First Edition.

Malaysia & Singapore - Cooking & Food

YWCA International Cookery Book of Malaya - AE Llewellyn (ed)   RM200

As one might expect from an organisation representing the busy mems of Malaya in the late 1940s, this is a no nonsense cookery book packed with lots of tips and tried recipes for the tropics. The book is in English except for a chapter on Methods of Cooking where there is a Malay translation as well. Most of the recipes are Western ones, but there are also chapters of Chinese, Indian, Indonesian and Malay dishes. 257 pages with an index. For further details, please see the scanned contents pages. Good Board Book. Fifth Edition 

Malaysia & Singapore - Fiction

Biggles in Borneo - WE Johns   RM100

The dashing fighter pilot, the hero of many a British schoolboy, finds himself in Borneo teaming up with Dayak headhunters to take on the Japanese. Now not considered quite politically correct because of horrendous racial stereotypes, but typical of the genre. Good Hardback in a Good Dust Jacket. Good Hardback Reprint. Originally Published in 1943 185 pages. 

There Be Monsters - Julya Oui  RM80

A collection of well reviewed horror stories. First edition. New Paperback. 275 pages. 

Malaysia & Singapore - Folklore

Animal tales of Sabah: A cultural heritage of North Borneo - PS Shim   RM50

This lovely collection of Sabah folklore was made by the author during his travels around the state as a forestry officer and later while working with the World Wildlife Fund. The 40 stories are simply told and charmingly illustrated. 77 pages including a glossary. Very Good Paperback. First Edition. 

Orang Asli Animal Tales - Lim Boo Liat   RM50

A retelling of animal folk tales which are part of the tradition on various orang asli tribes, the indigenous peoples of the Malaysian peninsula. The stories are not only entertaining, but also often have moral messages and give the reader into the narrator's unique culture. New Paperback Reprint. Originally published in 1981. 204 pages.

Malaysia & Singapore - Health & Medicine

Therapeutic Exercises for Stiff Joints and Muscles Ache - Mah Chai Soon   RM60

Another in the ambitious contribution to the University of Malaya project on the culture of healing in Malaysia. The author, an experienced practitioner in Wu Chu Chuan Wu Chi Chuan and therapeutic exercises, concentrates here in nine chapters on  a range of remedies for problems with the main joints of the body from the jaw to the feet.  The tenth chapter has recommended exercises for the healthy. The author is also a professional artist, so the exercises are well illustrated with line drawings. 175 pages. New Paperback. First Edition.

Malaysia & Singapore - History

A History of Malaya - RO Winstedt   RM130

Winstedt, a former civil servant and Malay scholar,  takes the reader from prehistoric times through to the early 1950s in one of the 20th century classic histories of the country.  Good Hardback. Revised Edition. 288 pages with five black and white plates, a bibliography, an index and eight appendices including four genealogies of Malay royal houses. 

Historical Origins of Malaysian States - Zakiah Hanum   RM80

The author, a former Director General of the Malaysian National Archives, has collected together in this book a variety of factual and folklore information about the origins of all of Malaysia's states. The book is neither academic nor systematic, so is useful either as the briefest of introductions to the varied histories of the states or to supplement the reader's existing knowledge. The book helpfully contains a varied bibliography which give pointers for further enquiry as well as brief biographies of historians on whom the author has relied to compile this work. New Paperback First Edition

Old Singapore - Donald Davies  RM270

The author has collected a variety of portraits of the characters who came to the new British outpost to make their living and lay the foundations for a successful commercial hub for the area. Very Good Paperback. First Edition. 52 pages with several black and white plates. For further details, please see the scanned contents page

Malaysia & Singapore - History (20th Century)

From Malayan Union to Singapore Separation: Political Unification in the Malaysia Region, 1946-1965 - Mohamed Noordin Sopiee    RM250

In the recent history of Malaya, prior to the British intervention in the late 19th century, the country had been fragmented. In various ways, the British tried to herd the different bits into a more unified whole. In this book the author traces both the attempts of the British, politicians of Malaya, Singapore and British Borneo to unify these separate entities and also efforts to keep them apart. 353 pages. For further details, please see the scanned contents page. Good Paperback. Second Printing.

Mutiny in Singapore - Sho Kuwajima   SOLD


The Kingdom of Johor, 1641-1728: Economic and Political Developments - Leonard Y Andaya   RM1,000

The state of Johor really came into its own after the fall of Malacca to the Portuguese, when it became the most powerful state in the peninsula. With the help of Dutch East India Company and Malay records, Andaya traces the history of this period from Johor's glory days before the assassination of Sultan Mahmud Syah, through the turmoil that followed, up to the Bugis and Minangkabau interventions that introduced a whole new power structure. 394 pages For further details, please see the scanned contents page. Very Good Paperback First Edition.


Islam and Politics in a Malay State - Kelantan 1838-1969 - Clive S.Kessler   RM240

The author carried out field work in Jelawat, Kelantan, between 1967 and 1969 in an attempt to get an anthropological grip on the community and to study its history. The area was undergoing some upheaval at the time because the Pan- Malayan Islamic Party (PMIP) had wrested power from more traditional parties supported by the state's nobility. One of the key themes of the book is the 20th century transformation of the relationship between former rulers and the  peasantry. 311 pages. The contents include chapters on - Malaysia, Kelantan and the Islamic Party, Kelantan before 1886, The Years of Foreign Intervention, Jelawat under Colonial Rule, Agriculture and Class in Jelawat, The Origins of Party Politics in Town and Country, The Impact of Party Politics in the Countryside, Land, Peasants and Parties, Party Politics and the Administration of Islam, Religious Ideas and Social Reality. There are also three appendices, a glossary, bibliography and index as well as 4 maps, 15 black and white illustrations, diagrams and tables. Good Hardback in a Good Dust Jacket. First Edition 

Malaysia & Singapore - Language & Linguistics

A Baba Malay Dictionary - William Gwee Thian Hock    RM120

One of the great joys of spoken language is the clues the language gives to the speakers' way of life. Baba Malay, the language spoken by by descendants of early Chinese immigrants to the Malay peninsula who intermarried with Malays, is no exception. Both the immigrants and the Malays they met hadn't had the benefit of a classroom, so 'bazaar' Malay and colloquial Hokkien went into the melting pot to produce this lively and gutsy language. The author helps us through our occasional bits of puzzlement  in this  Baba Malay - English dictionary by giving us the original Hokkien or Malay derivations of words that baffle. 223 pages ending with a glossary of cherki, the Straits Chinese card game, and illustrations of the cards. New Paperback First Edition

A Practical Malay Grammar - A Practical Malay Grammar  RM180

Shellabear, one of the foremost British scholars in Malay language and culture in the early 20th century, and, although a missionary, was unusual in that he both respected and appreciated Islam and promoted the Malay language in education. This is his popular Malay grammar for English speakers with exercises, originally published at the turn of the century, but revised in subsequent editions. Good Hardback. Third Edition. 83 pages.

Malay Idioms - Hasan Muhammad Ali   RM100

This book highlights the important role that idioms play in the Malay language. The author selects 300 well known idioms, explaining when they are most likely to be used and providing English translations. Near Fine Paperback. First edition. 146 pages

Malaysia & Singapore - Laws & Constitution

Malaysia Federal Constitution - Government of Malaysia   RM60

A copy of the Federal Constitution of Malaysia with amendments up to 15th May 1981. 305 pages with an index. Very Good Paperback

Malaysia & Singapore - Nature & Wildlife

Mamalia Malaysia - Kiew BH & Ruth Kiew    RM60

A well illustrated colour guide for children to the mammals of Malaysia  The book is in Bahasa Malaysia. 42 pages. Very Good Paperback

Mountains of Malaysia: A Practical Guide and Manual - John Briggs  SOLD

Wayside Trees of Malaya (Two Volumes) - EJH Corner    RM1500

The classic work on the trees of Malaya completed by Corner while he was Assistant Director of the Botanical gardens, Singapore between 1929 and 1945. This first edition was published almost as the Japanese were arriving on the peninsula. The first volume is divided into four parts. Part I - Is a general description of the different types of trees to be found in Malaya, Descriptive terms, the different types of vegetation to be found and trees more common in particular states, Part II - Keys to Identification of Trees, Part III Descriptions of Families, Genera and Species & Part IV - Indices to English names, Malay Names, Botanical Names and to Botanical and Descriptive Terms. 772 pages. There are numerous line drawings interspersed within the text of the first volume. The second volume contains 228 black and white plates and an index of the plates. Very Good Hardback First Edition


The E&O Hotel: Pearl of Penang - Ilsa Sharp    RM400

With the co-operation of the hotel management, Isla Sharp has been able to produce a history not only of the structure of hotel, but of the people who have worked there and visitors who have enjoyed the luxuries oft one of the grand Eastern hotels since its foundation in the 1890s until the present day. The book has all the illustrations and well researched text one needs to bring to life what the hotel used to be like at various times in its history and what it is like now. The contents of this 192 page book include 1 - Seeding the Pearl - the history of Penang before the hotel was founded, 2 - Who Were the Sarkies? - the story of the Armenian Brothers who founded the hotel, 3 - Pride Before the Fall - the hotel's expansion and ruin during World War II, 4 - Business Not Quite as Usual - the hotel's attempts at recovery 5 - New Beginnings - The restoration of the hotel in 1981 to its former glory. There is also an extensive bibliography.        New Hardback in a New Dust Jacket. First Edition 

Malaysia & Singapore - Photography

Fine Art Views of Straits Settlements and Federated Malay States - John Little & Co Ltd   RM800

This was probably published in the 1920s or 1930s as a complimentary copy for customers of John Little & Co.,General Merchants of London, Singapore, Penang, Kuala Lumpur and Ipoh. There is no text, but 37 black and white plates of which 18 are of Singapore, 8 of Kuala Lumpur, 5 of Penang and the remainder of Ipoh,Melaka & Seremban Good Board Book. 28 pages 

Malaysia & Singapore - Poetry

From the Belly of the Carp: Singapore River Voices - Roger Vaughan Jenkins   RM120

A collection of poems evoking Singapore's history through the imagined voices of a range of frequenters of the Singapore River from merchant adventurers to coolies and travellers. Winner of the Singapore Literature Prize 1995. Very Good Paperback. Reprint. Signed. 122 pages

Malaysia & Singapore - Politics

Democracy Without Consensus: Communalism and Political Stability in Malaysia - Karl von Vorys   RM200

The newly independent countries that emerged from colonial rule after World War II were usually established on the the premise that a Western democratic system was going to 'successfully manage human conflict and...would assure the viability of the political system,' as the author says in his introduction. Of course, that hardly ever happened. Here the author looks at how the transition was made in Malaysia and how it those democratic ideals fared in the first two decades after independence. 443 pages with an index. Very Good Hardback in a Very Good Dust Jacket. First Edition.

The Reluctant Politician - Ooi Kee Beng    RM120

Although the subject of this biography never became Prime Minister he was the right hand man to the first two prime ministers of Malaysia who had to guide the country through the nation's birth difficulties. The author has had the benefit of being able to use Ismail's private papers to show us how Ismail's integrity and sureness provided unrivalled support to those running the country at this time. The Contents of the 311 pages include 1 - The Acting Prime Minister Dies, 2 - Life Before Politics, 3 - Umno and the Road to Merdeka, 4 - Positioning of Malaya in the World, 5 - The Making and Partitioning of Malaysia, 6 - Forced from Retirement, 7 - A Lack of Time & 8 - Nailing Things into Place.    New Paperback First Edition 

The Sociology of Corruption - Syed Hussein Alatas   RM200

What's interesting about this book is that weighty intellectual minds were worried about corruption in Malaysia more than 50 years ago. However Alatas does not come at the problem waving the red flag of the campaigner, but rather as a concerned academic who tries to see the issue from both sides while making recommendations for the practice to be severely reduced, if not stopped. 87 pages including a bibliography. Good Hardback in a Good Dust Jacket. First Edition

Malaysia & Singapore - Race Relations

13 May 1969: The Darkest Day in Malaysian History - Leon Comber  RM150

Comber, a former member of the British Malayan police turned academic, picks his way sensitively through the events that transformed Malaysian society and politics. The causes and what actually happened are still a matter of controversy today. The author does his best to make sense of it all. 134 pages. Please see the scan of the contents page for further details. This book was originally published in 1983 as "13 May 1969: A Historical Survey of Sino-Malay Relations"  New Paperback Reprint

Malaysia & Singapore - World War II

Singapore Repulsed - Ian Hay   RM100

The sinking of the battleship HMS Repulse by the Japanese was one of the worst reverses suffered by the British in World War II. This is a memoir of an ordinary seaman who survived the attack. His account confirms that the disaster was unnecessary and mainly the fault of bad decision making in London. 230 pages. Very Good Paperback. First Edition. Signed 


The Cult, the Triad & Inspector King - Timothy Web King  RM120

The author, a former policeman in Hong Kong, draws on his experience to bring to life Inspector King, who, although a teenager, possessed tremendous mental and physical power. He would need every ounce of it to outwit a dangerous cult and a ruthless Hong Kong triad.  379 pages. Very Good Paperback. First edition.


Raja Bongsu of Sulu: A Brunei Hero in His Times - Robert Nicholl   RM70

An account of the adventurous and tempestuous life of Sultan Muwallil Wasit, otherwise known as Raja Bongsu of Sulu. He was the son of a Sultan of Brunei and reigned between 1610 and 1650. 76 pages. New Hardback Reprint  Please see the scan of the contents page for further details.


The Chinese Way to a Long and Healthy Life  RM50

A collection of Chinese remedies that can apparently fix just about anything. The authors are consultants and staff at the People's Medical Publishing House in Beijing. Good Paperback. 303 pages. with a glossary. 


The Real War: The Classic Reporting on the Vietnam War - Jonathan Schell  RM50

A collection of three long articles, written by the author, a US reporter of the Vietnam war. The articles give an overview of the war and its legacy, an account of the destruction of a village by US forces and the subsequent history of the displaced villagers and finally a first hand account of bombing raids that destroyed two Vietnamese provinces. Good Paperback. Reprint 300 pages

Sunday, 12 May 2019

New Arrivals at The Penang Bookshelf in May 2019

New Arrivals at The Penang Bookshelf


May 2019

(Last Updated 28-5-19)

This is a list of new arrivals advertised at The Penang Bookshelf for this month. Please note: -

  • Each book advertised below includes a brief description of its contents and condition as well as the price in Malaysian Ringgit. If you want a fuller description of a used book's condition, to look at the scanned contents page, if any, and or to find out the price in USD, please click on the link in blue for the relevant book. 
  • If you click on a link after the current month and find nothing, the book's been sold.  
  • Of course, if you want to buy anything you see here, you can either do so from the site or contact me at 
  • This page will be updated constantly until the end of the month.
  • The prices shown here hold good for at least this month, but for out of print books, the prices may change in subsequent months.
  • All prices include free postage to anywhere in Malaysia.

Malaysia & Singapore - Biography & Memoirs

Daim Zainuddin: Malaysia's Revolutionary and Troubleshooter - Michael Backman  RM80

An important biography of one of the more significant players in Malaysian politics who came to prominence during Mahathir's first premiership and now plays an important role in Mahathir's second bout of running the country. The book ends just before the election that returned Mahathir to power. The book is based on many interviews with Daim himself and with those who have worked with him. New Paperback. First Edition 230 pages. For further details, please see the scanned contents page

Our Man in Malaya - Margaret Shennan   RM50

The troubled history of the last few years of Malaya as a colony, both of the British and Japanese and the first few years of independence are reflected in the biography of John Davis. As a member of the Police Special Branch, he escaped from Singapore on the Japanese arrival and, after 35 days in a fishing boat, arrived in Ceylon where he prepared for his return as an operative behind enemy lines. He worked closely with Chin Peng, who has written an afterword, and Spencer Chapman. After the war he stayed on to face Chin Peng during the 'Emergency' where, amongst other things, he was involved in abortive peace talks with Chin Peng in 1955. 386 pages.


Handcraft in North Borneo - Elizabeth and John Alman  SOLD

Labuan Story - The Story of a Small Island Near The Coast of Borneo - Maxwell Hall   RM400

Hall, was a British colonial officer who saw fifty years' service with the North Borneo Chartered Company and wrote several books on Borneo's past. Here he turns his attention to the history of a strategic island off the island of Borneo which was wrested from the Brunei Sultanate by the the British in the mid 19th century. After passing between the British Government and various colonial proxies, it is now a Federal Territory of Malaysia. Good Paperback. First Edition. 271 pages. For further details, please see the scanned contents page

The Dusun: A North Borneo Society - Thomas Rhys Williams  RM60

The author originally went to Borneo in the late 1950s to research the methods by which the Dusun teach their children customary behaviour. He returned in 1962 to validate and extend  his research. In this book he provides the reader with a succinct, yet comprehensive review of Dusun society at the time. First Edition. Good Paperback  100 pages including black and white illustrations, a glossary and a bibliography. The book's chapters include - 1. The Background of Customary Dusun Behaviour, 2 - Conceptions of the Natural World, 3- Religious Belief and Behaviour, 4 - Omens, Luck and Chance 5 - Sickness and Death, 6 - Social Relations, 7 - Property, Order and Authority, 8 - Subsistence and Economy, 9 - Life Experience and World View. 

Malaysia & Singapore - Business, Economics & Labour

PKFZ: A Nation's Trust Betrayed - Lee Hwa Beng & Lee Siew Lian   RM80

Although the 1MDB scandal catapulted Malaysia into the world headlines, the authors of this book claim that Government corruption has a solid pedigree in the country. One of the authors was a former Chairman of the Port Klang Authority and details in this book how he attempted to bring to book the culprits who benefitted from the mysterious quadrupling of the budget for the Port Klang Free Zone. (PKFZ) To date no one has been convicted for the crimes described in this book. New Paperback. Reprint. 218 pages with a few colour photographs

Real Estate in Malaysia : Challenges, Insights and Issues - Mani Usilappan  RM60

This is a collection of previously published articles by a former Director General of Valuation and Property Services in Malaysia. Distilled into this selection is the author's 35 year experience as a valuer, lecturer, researcher and regulator covering most issues that one is likely to come across when dealing with Malaysian real estate. New Paperback. First Edition. 304 pages with an index.

Malaysia & Singapore - Chinese Community & Culture

The Chinese Dilemma - Ye Lin-Sheng   RM350

After a few decades of The New Economic Policy (NEP) designed to improve the financial standing of Malays through affirmative action, Ye examines its effects generally and on the Chinese community in Malaysia in particular. The book is partly in response to Mahathir's The Malay Dilemma, which inspired the NEP. However it mainly seeks to examine and often dispute various Chinese community grouses about life after the NEP, which the author generally supports. Well written and cogently argued. 197 pages with an index and a bibliography. Chapters include  Political Backdrop, Seeds of Discord, The Malay Dilemma Revisited, Chinese Grievances, The American Dilemma, Affirmative Action: American and Malaysian Experiences, Criticisms of Affirmative Action, Immigrant Chinese Society, The Ugly Chinaman, Minority Experiences Compared, Cultural Crossing, Striking a Balance, The New Economic Policy a Recapitulation. Very Good Paperback. First Edition

Malaysia & Singapore - Cooking & Food

Irene's Peranakan Recipes - Irene & Elaine Yeo  RM100

A collection of recipes made famous by the Peranakan/Straits Chinese, a mixed race culture arising from the intermarriage of Chinese and Malays in Southeast Asia over several centuries. The book was compiled by Elaine Yeo from her mother's repertoire. Irene Yeo's recipes became famous in her lifetime through the numerous cooking classes that she conducted in Singapore. New Soft cover. First Edition. 160 pages. For further details, please see the scanned contents page.

Original Penang Favourites - Methodist Girls' School Ex-Pupils' Association Penang  RM50

Penang food, both in the home and on the street, manages to achieve its distinctive reputation both because of the island's multicultural mix that makes it unique and because of its residents' preoccupation with consuming it. In this book a group of local residents share recipes of some favourites. New Paperback. First Edition 48 pages. For further details, please see the scanned contents page.

Penang “Ho Liao” Recipes - Methodist Girls' School Ex-Pupils' Association Penang  RM60

Following on from the popular success of their first two recipe books, The Methodist Girls' School Ex-Pupils' Association Penang are back with another 74 examples of why Penang food has an international reputation. New Paperback. First Edition 118 pages. For further details, please see the scanned contents pages.

Malaysia & Singapore - Dance, Drama & Music

Boria: From Passion Play to Malay-Jawi Peranakan Parody - Wazir Jahan Karim   RM80

This is probably the most comprehensive book written on Boria to date as it traces the origins of this form of street theatre from Persia, through India up to its current existence in Penang today. However this books takes us even further, arguing as to how Boria, "a modern day vaudeville", could to be built into Penang's vibrant street culture today. New Paperback. First Edition. 299 pages. For further details, please see the scanned contents page.

Malaysia & Singapore - Fiction

Beyond The Sea - P Singaram   RM60

This book, which has been described as 'the one great Tamil novel of Penang,' follows the story of a young moneylender, who hopes to marry his boss's daughter. World War II and his joining the Japanese sponsored Indian National Army disrupts his plans and on his return he discovers that much has changed. This novel has been translated from the original Tamil into English. New Paperback Reprint. 

Four Strangers in Sungei Tujoh - Addison Jones   RM120

A school text book chronicling the adventures of the adventures of Ahmad, Shaida and Meng very much in the style of Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island, but in a Malayan context. The book is part of a trilogy published in the Malayan Children's Bookshelf Series. Very Good Board Book in a Good Dust Jacket. First Edition. 73 pages

Malaysia & Singapore - Folklore

Hikayat Inderaputera  RM200

A pre-18th century Malay tale of the adventures of Prince Inderaputera. The book is in Bahasa Malaysia. Very Good Hardback in a Very Good Dust Jacket. 342 pages. For further details, please see the scanned contents page.

Malaysia & Singapore - Health & Medicine

Oh, I Thought I Was The Only One - Kopi Soh   RM50

A self-help book intended to enable readers to realise that personal problems are not unique and that there are solutions. The author is a qualified psychotherapist. New Paperback. First Edition. 178 pages

Malaysia & Singapore - History

Singapore: A 700-Year History - From Emporium to World City - Kwa Chong Guan, Derek Heng & Tan Tai Yong  RM400

The authors, a group of respected historians, seek to show that Singapore was far from a 'sleepy fishing village' before the arrival of Stamford Raffles, but was instead a thriving port which was of significance from at least the 14th century onwards. They then follow the island's history through British and Japanese times, independence and separation right up to its place as a 'Global City' today. Very Good Paperback. First Edition. 220 pages with an index and several black and white and colour illustrations. 


Bujang Valley: The Wonder That Was Ancient Kedah - V Nadarajan  RM90

Most histories of Malaysia begin with the Sultanate of Melaka founded in the 15th century, despite the fact that it is fairly obvious to any student of Asian history that the country has had the benefit of a strong Indian influence in the past. Ironically even the term 'bumiputera' coined to denote indigenous peoples, rather than immigrants, is easily recognised as being derived entirely from Sanskrit. This book provides part of the answer, as the author, a native of the state of Kedah, known to its early inhabitants as Kadaram, demonstrates that an Indianised civilisation existed in the north of the peninsula no later than the 5th century AD. With a foreword by  Khoo Kay Kim New Paperback Reprint 135 pages. For further details, please see the scanned contents page.

Malaysia & Singapore - Malay Community & Culture

Two Malay Worlds: Interaction in Urban and Rural Settings - Roland Provencher  RM150

A fascinating study of two Malay communities, one on the outskirts, in the 1960s, of Kuala Lumpur and the other in a more rural setting about twenty miles away. The purpose of the study was to discover the extent to which, if at all, interactions between community members changed because of their different settings within the same region. Very Good Paperback. First Edition.  211 pages with figures, tables, maps, four line drawings and a bibliography.

Malaysia & Singapore - Nature & Wildlife

The island of Borneo is host to about 500 different species of wild fruits, nuts and seeds that have formed a part of the indigenous people's diet for centuries. 30% of them are endemic and it is believed that more species are yet to be identified. In this book, the author, a recognised authority of Borneo plant life, introduces 109 of the better known species with some rare of little-known ones as well. Each species included is illustrated and has informative text as to its use and distribution. New Paperback. First Edition 311 pages.

Hardback   RM150

Frontiers of Fear - Peter Boomgaard  RM70

Boomgaard traces the relationship between tigers and their human neighbours during the 350 year colonial period of the Malay Peninsula and Indonesian archipelago. He not only unearths accounts of encounters between both, but also examines the myths attributed to tigers during this period. 306 pages. Like New Hardback. First Edition. For further details, please see the scanned contents page.

Preferred Check-List of Sabah Trees - Y.F. Lee  RM50

Now in its third edition, this book remains the most popular reference for the wide variety of trees throughout the Malaysian state of Sabah, formerly North Borneo. New Paperback. Third edition. 130 pages.


Penang Past and Present, 1786-1963   RM150

This 148 page book sets out to be an 'objective' history of the city and a record of its achievements on its first centenary as a municipality To achieve this, the book is crammed with facts on the city's administration, buildings and services as well as about forty historical black and white photos. The book ends with a series of 20 street maps of George Town and its environs in 1966 followed by three pullout maps of the city at various stages of its development in the 19th century. Good Hardback in a Good Dust Jacket First Edition For further details, please see the scanned contents page.

Penang Then & Now: A Century of Change in Pictures - Marcus Langdon & Keith Hockton  RM100

Like most cities in Asia, Penang has seen a fair amount of development in the last century or so. Some of it has, for good or ill, obliterated the past, but occasionally the developers have made attempts to tip toe around what was there before. This book takes 115 sites in Penang and for each site shows comparative photographs of what it looked like about a hundred years ago and what it looks like today. The result? Mixed feelings, probably. New Laminated Soft cover. First Edition. 256 pages For further details, please see the scanned contents page

Malaysia & Singapore - Peranakan/Straits Chinese

The Baba of Melaka are probably the descendants of the first Chinese to settle on the peninsula and intermarry with the Malay population. The result, as Tan contends in 'this first comprehensive study of the ethnic identity of the Baba in Melaka', is a community that is basically Chinese, but which is heavily influenced by Malay culture and speak Malay, rather than Chinese, amongst themselves. Based on extensive field work in the community, the author captures the essence  of a small, but influential, group keen to preserve its individual identity amidst the swirl of  the more strident identities of the Chinese and Malay communities in post-independence Malaysia. 297 pages with an index, 76 black and white plates, a bibliography and various figures and tables. Near Fine Paperback First Edition 


Papers Relating to Trengganu - MC ff Sheppard, AH Hill & CA Gibson-Hill   RM180

Published as Volume XXII, part 3, June 1949 of the Journal of the Malayan Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society. 125 pages. Please see the scan of the contents page for further details. Very Good Reprint Paperback

Malaysia & Singapore - Transport

Singapore: A History of Its Trams Trolleybuses and Buses: 1880's to 1960's v. 1 - FW York & A.R Phillips  RM120

It was not until 1886 that Singapore had the benefit of the beginnings of a tram system, powered by steam, although there probably were a few buses before this. In this book a couple of enthusiasts have compiled what must be the most comprehensive account of public transport on the island during this period. 256 pages . Very Good Hardback. First Edition For further details, please see the scanned contents page. 

Malaysia & Singapore - World War II

Doris van der Stratten: The Australian Mistress of the Japanese Commander of Kuala Lumpur - Andrew Barber  RM60

Barber, an author of several books on Malaysia's colonial past, in the course of his researches unearthed this little known subplot of the Japanese occupation of Malaya. Doris van der Stratten did not manage to escape at the time of the Japanese invasion, became a civilian detainee and eventually the mistress of Colonel Koda, the commander of the main Japanese garrison on the peninsula. Very Good Hardback in a Very Good Dust Jacket. First Edition 152 pages with a bibliography


Malesian Orchid Journal Vol 22 (2018) - Andre Schuiteman (ed)   RM110

For details of the subjects covered in this issue, please see the scanned contents page New Paperback. First Edition  116 pages

Malesian Orchid Journal Vol 23 (2019) - Andre Schuiteman (ed)  RM110

For details of the subjects covered in this issue, please see the scanned contents page New Paperback. First Edition  124 pages 


Buddhist and Freudian Psychology - Padmasiri De Silva  RM100

A classic comparative study of the nature of instinct of sexuality, ego instinct and death instinct as expounded by Freud, where the author sees parallels in the discourses of the Buddha. This edition also probes certain dilemmas, from a Buddhist perspective, in the teachings of Freud. Like New Paperback. Third Edition. 223 pages with appendices, a bibliography and an index.

Fascinating Insects of Southeast Asia - L.E.O. Braack   RM80

A lay person's guide to the most diverse and abundant group of organisms on the planet. In this introduction the author limits himself to the more common species that are pollinate and destroy the world of Southeast Asia. With over 100 colour photographs. 130 pages. New Paperback Reprint Please see the scan of the contents page for further details.

Musical Instruments of South-East Asia - Eric Taylor  RM70

Taylor, a Music Professor at the University of Durham at the time of writing this book, seeks to introduce the reader to the variety of Southeast Asian music by concentrating on the instruments played in the region. By emphasising each instrument's significance in the context of its musical function and the attendant history, beliefs and customs, he manages to avoid the more technical aspects of the art. Very Good Hardback. Reprint. 84 pages with 16 coloured plates and a few other black and white ones For further details, please see the scanned contents page.


Forests and Trees of Brunei Darussalam - KM Wong & AS Kamariah (Eds)   RM60

Although  Brunei is the smallest political entity on the island of Borneo, it is host to almost 3500 species of indigenous seed plants. A few are extremely rare and endemic to the area. Of the species recorded so far, more than half of the total 1900 are trees. New Paperback First Edition 109 pages with many colour illustrations, a bibliography and an index. 


A Field Guide to Aquatic Plants of Myanmar - Nobuyuki Tanaka (ed)   RM60

A collection of articles by Mu Mu Aung, Nobuyuki Tanaka, Norio Tanaka and  Yu Ito exploring the rich variety of aquatic plants, both in fresh water and in coastal waters, in Myanmar. Plants found in the major lakes of Indawgyi and Inle are included together with the rich variety of sea grasses in the Tanintharyi Region and the Mergui Archipelago. 112 pages


Indonesia's Secret War The Guerrilla Struggle in Irian Jaya - Robin Osborne  RM80

This is an account of the origins and conduct of a struggle for independence of Papuan guerrillas in Papua and West Papua on the island of New Guinea. The area was under Dutch administration until handed over to the Indonesian Government at the end of World War II. The author has travelled in the area and held government posts in neighbouring Papua New Guinea. Very Good Paperback. First Edition. 213 pages with an index

Resilience and the Localisation of Trauma in Aceh, Indonesia - Catherine Smith   RM110

There is too often a tendency of well meaning carers, trained in Western psychology, to believe that their established models will fit other cultures. In this book, Smith examines what happens when there is an attempt to incorporate global psychological norms with traditional methods of coping with trauma when working with survivors of conflict in Aceh.  New Paperback. First Edition. 178 pages with a bibliography and an index.

The Drums of Tonkin: An Adventure in Indonesia - Helen & Frank Schreider  RM50

This is the extraordinary account of a couple who travelled by amphibious jeep from Java to East Timor through Indonesia's 3,000 island archipelago. In between both drinking in the beautiful scenery and negotiating a variety of hazards, they also had the opportunity to note the wide variety of cultures and practices in the archipelago. Good Hardback in a Good Dust Jacket. 


Changing Lives in Laos: Society, Politics and Culture in a Post-Socialist State - Vanina Boute & Vatthana Pholsena (eds)   RM120

A group of contributors, historians, anthropologists, geographers and political scientists, examine the changes that have taken place in Laos since 2000. A huge influx of foreign investment in the country has brought both improvement to and disruption of old established ways throughout the country.  The authors' fresh insights are based on fieldwork and unpublished sources. New Paperback. First Edition. 457 pages with a bibliography and an index.

Sri Lanka

Archaeology of Tissamaharama: Report on Archaeological Discoveries at Tissamaharama, 1884 - Henry Parker   RM150

This is another example of how some colonial officers managed to find the time to learn more about the countries to which they were posted and then publish their findings to further wider knowledge. In this case Parker, an irrigation officer, set himself the task of delving into the past of Magama, the capital of Ruhuna, a principality of ancient Ceylon. His findings, originally published in 1884, are reprinted in this facsimile edition. Very Good Hardback. Reprint.  82 pages. For further details, please see the scan of the contents page

Being a Tamil and Sri Lankan - Karthigesu Sivathamby  RM150

A collection of previously published articles by a Sri Lankan academic, who has held senior posts both inside and outside the country. In his specialisation of Tamil History and Culture, he was the author of more than 40 books and monographs on the subject at the time this book was published. These articles cover his views on the conflict, the peace process, Tamil Music, Cinema and Theatre, Tamil Artists, Education and the Media. Good Paperback. First Edition. 325 pages

Sixty-four Years in Ceylon : Reminiscences of Life and Adventure - Frederick Lewis  RM130

Originally published in 1926, this is the account of a British expatriate from his early years, after being born in Kandy, up to his retirement at 65. He started his career in the coffee plantations, but after the leaf disease outbreak, moved into government service as a forestry officer. The book contains vivid descriptions of his own life, the countryside and peoples, both British and Ceylonese, whom in came across in the South, Central and Eastern parts of the island. Good Hardback in a Good Dust Jacket. Reprint. 506 pages with 14 black and white plates.

Sri Lanka's Mythology - R. Weerakoon  RM100

A comprehensive study of the mythology of Sri Lanka from before the arrival of Buddhism in the country up to how it influenced 20th century beliefs and rituals in the country. There appears to be only a slight reference to the mythology surrounding the life of Prince Vijaya in Sri Lanka and Buddha's visits there. First Edition. Good Paperback. 177 pages with 8 pages of plates. For further details, please see the scanned contents page.

The Buddhist Revival in Sri Lanka - George D. Bond  RM80

Buddhism, although it has flourished for centuries in Sri Lanka, only regained its central role in the country due to a revival at the end of the British colonial period. In this book, the author examines the various strands of this revival from the time of Angarika Dharmapala through to the establishing of the Sarvodaya Shramadana movement. Good Hardback in a similar dust jacket. Reprint. 322 pages. For further details, please see the scanned contents page.

The Most Dangerous Moment: The Japanese Assault on Ceylon 1942 - Michael Tomlinson   RM120

The book's title comes from Lester Pearson's report that Winston Churchill considered the news of the Japanese Fleet's progress towards Ceylon as being 'the most dangerous moment of the war.' This book is an account of how that threat was averted. Although originally published in the UK in 1976, this edition has been updated by the author. Good Paperback. Revised Third Edition. 173 pages. For further details, please see the scanned contents page.