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Friday, 2 November 2012

New Arrivals in November - Offers!

New Arrivals in November
As of 30th November 2012

Listed below are books which have arrived at The Penang Bookshelf recently.  (All prices are post free within Malaysia. Books are also sent post free to Singapore when part of an order in excess of 2 kilos. Otherwise please ask for a quote for postage.)

Prices are shown in Malaysian Ringgit in blue. Sometimes The Penang Bookshelf can offer some of the titles at a reduced price if they are ordered and paid for while they remain on the list. (If they disappear, it's because the book is now advertised generally on The Penang Bookshelf's websites.)  In such cases the discounted price is indiciated in red.  Books sold will be so marked. So if you want to order any of them or want further details of any of the books before you make up your mind, do contact me at

Books whose titles are in bold are already on the main Penang Bookshelf website. In such cases please click on the title to be taken to the relevant page of the website for more details.

We're also experimenting with a new scheme - Buy From The Blog. You can buy any item on The Penang Bookshelf Blog by sending us an email with your name and address and naming the books you want. You'll get a quick reply with The Penang Bookshelf's bank details to enable you to complete the transaction. If you wish to pay by PayPal or by card, just email us with details of the books you want and we'll send you a PayPal invoice to enable you to pay.

The books are all used unless indicated otherwise. Abbreviations used are A = Acceptable, DJ = Dust Jacket, EL = Ex-library, F = Fine/AsNew, G = Good,  HB = Hardback, LB = Leatherbound, N = New, NF = Near Fine, PB = Paperback, SG = Author Signed Copy and VG = Very Good

  • A Dictionary of Malayan Medicine - John D Gimlette & HW Thomson (Oxford University Press, 1939) VG HB DJ RM700 SOLD
  • A Geography of Heritage: Power, Culture & Economy - Brian Graham & Others (Arnold Publishers, 2000/2 ISBN: 9780340677780)  N PB RM70
  • A History of Classical Malay Literature - Richard Winstedt (Malayan Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society, 1961) VG HB RM200
  • A Linguistic Primer for Malaysians - Loga Mahesan Baskaran  (Univeristy of Malaya Press, 2005 ISBN: 9789831003077) N PB RM30
  • A Malaysian English Primer: Aspects of Malaysian English Features - Loga Mahesan Baskaran (Univeristy of Malaya Press, 2005 ISBN: 9789831003084) N PB RM30
  • An Inordinate Fondness for Beetles (Campfire Conversations with Alfred Russel Wallace on People and Nature Based on Common Travel in the Malay Archipelago) - Paul Sochaczewski (Editions Didier Millet, Singapore ISBN: 9789814385206) N PB  RM50/RM40
  • Archaeology in Sarawak - Cheng Te-K'Un (Heffer and Sons, 1969) VG HB DJ RM100/RM90
  • Archibald and the Blue Blood Conspiracy - Shermay Loh (Epigram, 2011) N PB RM30
  • Blindly - Claudio Magris (Yale University Press, 2012) N PB RM60
  • British Colonial Rule and the Resistance of the Malay Peasantry, 1900 - 1957  - D.M. Nonini (Yale University Press, 1992) F PB RM100
  • Absent History: The Untold Story of Special Operations in Singapore, 1915-1942 - Ban Kah Choon (Horizon Books, Singapore, 2002 ISBN: 9789810447885)VG PB RM250
  • Between Tongues: Translation and/of/in Performance in Asia - Jennifer Lindsay (ed) (National University of Singapore Press, 2006 ISBN: 9789971693398) N PB RM100 
  • Bilingualism: Its Relationship with Intelligence and Academic Achievement - Nor Azmi Mostafa (University of Malaya Press, 2004 ISBN: 9789831001837) N PB RM30
  • British Settlements in The Straits of Malacca (Two Volumes) - TJ Newbold (Oxford University Press, 1971 Facsimile reprint of 1839 edition) VG HB DJ  RM450
  • Chinese Epigraphic Materials in Malaysia (3 vols) - Wolfgang Franke & Chen Tieh Fan (University of Malaya Press, 1982, 1985 & 1987) VG PB RM300/RM250
  • Chinese Loan-Words in Malay and Indonesian: A Bakcground Study - Russell Jones (University of Malaya Press, 2009 ISBN: 9789831000749) (CD included) N PB RM70
  • Compulsory Happiness - Norman Manea  (Yale University Press, 2012) N PB RM60
  • Cousin June - Zheng Shuying (SNP International Publishing, 2004 ISBN: 9789812480217) N PB RM30  
  • Critical Voices from Malaysia: Perspectives on English Literature - Agnes Yeow  & Others (Univeristy of Malaya Press, 2006 ISBN: 9789831003241) N PB RM30
  • Diary - Witold Gombrowicz (Yale University Press, 2012) N PB RM80 SOLD
  • Eight Plays - Ovida Yu (Epigram, 2011) N PB RM70
  • English as a Lingua Franca in Asean: A Multilingual Model - Andy Kirkpatrick (National University of Singapore Press, 2010 ISBN: 9789971695422) N PB RM80
  • English in A Globalised Environment: Investigating an Emerging Variety of English -   Zuraidah Mohd Don (ed) (University of Malaya Press, 2006 ISBN: 9789831003824) N PB RM40
  • English in Multicultural Malaysia: Pedagogy and Applied Research - Zuraidah Mohd Don (ed) (University of Malaya Press, 2012 ISBN: 9789831005361) N PB RM30
  • English in Singapore: Modernity and Management - Lisa Lim & Others (eds)  (National University of Singapore Press, 2010 ISBN: 9789971695361) N PB RM80
  • English in Southeast Asia: Prospects, Perspectives and Possibilities - Azirah Hashim & Norizah Hassan (eds) (University of Malaya Press, 2006 ISBN: 9789831003190) N PB RM40
  • Everything But The Brain: A Play - Jean Tay (Epigram, 2010) N PB RM40
  • Fridays with Philip - Philip Lee (Epigram, 2008) N PB RM30
  • Four Plays -  Chong Tze Chien (Epigram, 2011) N PB RM60
  • Glass Cathedral -  Andrew Koh (Epigram, 2011) N PB RM50
  • I To Myself: An Annotated Selection from the Journal of Henry D. Thoreau - Jeffrey S Cramer (ed) (Yale University Press, 2012) N PB RM90
  • In the Company of Women: Selected Plays - Verena Tay (SNP International Publishing, 2004 ISBN: 9789812480781) N PB RM40  


  • If We Dream Too Long - Goh Poh Seng (National University of Singapore Press, 2010 ISBN: 9789971694456) N PB RM50 
  • Indians in Malaysia and Singapore - Sinnappah Arasaratnam (Oxford University Press, Kuala Lumpur, 1980 ISBN 19218184X) EL PB G RM150 
  • Intimating the Sacred: Religion in English Language Malaysian Fiction - Andrew Hock Soon Ng  (National University of Singapore Press, 2011 ISBN: 9789971695972) N PB RM60
  • John Keats - Nicholas Roe (Yale University Press) N HB DJ RM130
  • Jungle Nemesis: A Factual Story of the Japanese Invasion of Malaya - Peter Baillie (Edwin Self) G PB RM100
  • Kamus A Aden A Tuladan Ian Kamus Bergambar: Iranun-Bahasa Malaysia-English - Jim & Karla Smith (Sabah Museum, Kota Kinabalu, 2005 ISBN: 976-9638-25-4) VG PB RM100/RM80
  • Kamus Akay Gambar/Kamus Bergambar/Picture Dictionary - Begak-Bahasa Malaysia-English -  (Jabatan Muzium Sabah, 1998. ISBN: 983-9638-18-1) NF PB RM60
  • Language Testing: The Construction and Validation - Hassan Basri Awang Mat Dahan (University of Malaya Press, 2012 ISBN:9789831005460) N PB RM60
  • Learn to Speak Bukan Murut - Akira Doi & Keiko Doi  (Sabah Museum, Kota Kinabalu, 2005 ISBN: 983-9638-23-8) NF PB RM120/RM100
  • Linguistic Journey of a Bilingual Child - Kuang Ching Hei (University of Malaya Press, 2010 ISBN:9789831005330) N PB RM50
  • Love and the Law in Cervantes - Roberto Gonzalez Echevarria (Yale University Press, 2012) N PB RM100
  • Malay Myths and Legends - Jan Knappert (Heinemann, Kuala Lumpur, 1980) EL VG PB RM160/RM140 
  • Malay Pantuns - AW Hamilton (Australasian Publishing Co, 1944) VG HB RM110
  • Malaya - Victor Purcell ( Thomas Nelson & Sons, 1948) G HB DJ RM60
  • Malaya: Communist or Free? - Victor Purcell (Stanford University Press, 1954) VG HB DJ RM60
  • Malayan Botany - Anne Johnson (Eastern Universities Press Ltd, Singapore, 1965) G HB
  • Malayan Federalism, 1945-1963: A Study of Federal Problems in a Plural Society - B. Simandjuntak (Oxford University Press, 1969) RM100
  • Malaysia Bagus -  Sharon Cheah (Epigram, 2012) N PB RM50
  • Malaysian Historical Sources: A Series of Essays on Historical Material Mainly in Malaysia on Malaysia - KG Tregonning (ed) (University of Singapore, 1962) EL G HB RM120
  • Malaysian Tamil Novels After Independence - Sababathy Venugopal (University of Malaya Press, 1996 ISBN:9789831000014) N PB RM50
  • Malaysian Tamil Novels Before Independence - Sababathy Venugopal (University of Malaya Press, 1999 ISBN:9789831000717) N PB RM40
  • Mandarin Spread in Malaysia - Wang Xiaomei (University of Malaya Press, 2012 ISBN:9789831005552) N PB RM50
  • Menelusuri Peristilahan Bahasa Melayu - Puteri Roslina Abdul Wahid (University of Malaya Press, 2012 ISBN:9789831005279) N PB RM50
  • Modernist America: Art, Music, Movies & The Globalization of American Culture - Richard Pells (Yale University Press, 2011.) N PB RM90
  • New Light Shine - Shannon Murdoch (Yale University Press, 2012.)  RM70
  • My Dear Governess: The Letters of Edith Wharton to Anna Bahlmann -  Irene Goldman-Price (ed) (Yale University Press, 2012) N HB DJ RM120
  • Natives of Sarawak: Survival in Borneo's Vanishing Forests - Evelyn Hong (Institut Masyarakat, 1987) G PB RM60
  • Monsoon History: Selected Poems - Shirley Geok-lin Lim (Skoob Books, 1994) NF PB RM30
  • Novel-novel  Anwar Ridhwan - Hajijah Jais (University of Malaya Press, 2006 ISBN:9789831003633) N PB RM30
  • Old Kuala Lumpur - JM Gullick (Oxford University Press, 1994) NF PB RM90
  • Only a Sandpiper: Appreciating Classical Chinese Poetry - Li Lien Fung (SNP International, 2003) N PB RM60
  • Panorama Bahasa Melayu Sepanjang Zaman - Nik Safiah Karim (University of Malaya Press, 2010 ISBN:9789831005002) N PB RM50
  • Pemikiran Politik dalam Novel Ahmad Boestamann - Zabidin Haji Ismail (University of Malaya Press, 2012 ISBN:9789831004395) N PB RM40
  • Peradaban dan Perkauman di Malaysia: Hubungan Etnik Melayu-Cina - Wan Norhasinah Wan Husin (University of Malaya Press, 2012 ISBN:9789831005491) N PB RM70
  • Persoalan Dendam dalam Sastera Melayu - Amida Abdulhamid (University of Malaya Press, 2004 ISBN:9789831002308) N PB RM30
  • Politik dalam Novel - Jeniri Amir (University of Malaya Press, 2005 ISBN:9789831002926) N PB RM30
  • Prince and Premier: A Biography of Tunku Abdul Rahman - Harry Miller (George Harrap & Co, 1959) EL VG HB DJ RM100
  • Promiscuous: Portnoy's Complaint and Our Doomed Pursuit of Happiness -  Bernard Avishai (Yale University Press, 2012) N HB DJ RM100
  • Raffles and the Golden Opportunity - Victoria Glendinning (Profile Books, 2012 ISBN:9781781250259) N PB RM60
  • Rajahs and Rebels: The Ibans of Sarawak under Brooke Rule, 1841-1941 - Robert Pringle ( Cornell University Press, 1970) EL VG HB RM100
  • Randai Dance of Minangkabau Sumatra with Labanotation Scores - Mohd Anis Md Nor (University of Malaya Press, 1986 ISBN:9679940136) G HB RM150/RM130
  • Reclaiming Adat: Contemporary Malaysian Film and Literature - KhooGaik Cheng (National University of Singapore Press, 2006 ISBN: 9789971693381) N PB RM40 
  • Reduplicating Nouns and Verbs in Malay: A Conceptual Analysis - Jyh Wee Sew  (University of Malaya Press, 2007 ISBN:9789831004456) N PB RM50
  • Ricky Star - Lim Thean Soo (Epigram 2012) RM50
  • Sabah: A General Geography - Godfrey A Chatfield (Eastern Universities Press, 1972) G PB RM60 
  • Sastera Baru Indonesia - A.Teeuw (University of Malaya Press, 1986 ) VG PB RM150/RM130

  • Scorpion Orchid - Lloyd Fernando (Epigram Books, Singapore, 2011 ISBN: 9789810899332) N PB RM50 
  • Sejarah Kerajaan Perlis, 1841-1957 - Julie Tang Su Chin (Malaysian Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society) N HB RM60
  • Sejarah Kritikan Puisi Melayu Moden 1949-1979 - Mohamad Mokhtar Hassan (University of Malaya Press, 1995 ISBN:9789679940848) F PB RM40
  • Singapore Classics Box Set - Andrew Koh's 'Glass Cathedral, Lloyd Fernando's 'Scorpion Orchid, Robert Yeo's 'The Adventures of Holden Heng', Goh Poh Seng's 'The Immolation' and Stella Kon's 'The Scholar and The Dragon' (Epigram Books) N PB RM200
  • Six Plays - Tan Tarn How (Epigram, 2011) N PB RM70
  • Slow Lightning - Eduardo Corral (Yale University Press, 2012) N PB RM70
  • Spider Boys - Ming Cher (Epigram 2012) N PB RM50
  • Switch On, Switch Off: Mass Media Audiences in Malaysia - Newell Grenfell (Oxford University Press, 1979 ISBN: 0195804074) VG LB HB  RM100
  • Tainted Glory - Ho Thean Fook (University of Malaya Press, 2000 ISBN:9789831000724) F PB RM40
  • Tales from the South China Seas - Charles Allen (ed) (Futura, 1984) G PB RM40
  • Tangerine - Colin Cheong (SNP International Publishing, 2005) VG PB RM20  
  • The British Acquisition of Siamese Malaya (1896-1909) - Tom Marks (White Lotus, 1997)
  • The Adventures of Holden Heng - Robert Yeo (Epigram, 2011) N PB RM50
  • The Art of Robert Frost - Tim Kendall (Yale University Press, 2012) N HB DJ RM140
  • The Best of Kirpal Singh - (Epigram, 2012) N PB RM60
  • The Diary of Amos Lee: Girls, Guts and Glory - Adeline Foo (Epigram, 2010) RM30
  • The Diary of Amos Lee: Your DIY Toilet Diary to Fame - Adeline Foo (Epigram, 2012) RM30 
  • The Diary of Amos Lee:  I'm Twelve, I'm Tough, I Tweet - Adeline Foo (Epigram, 2011) RM30
  • The Downfall of the Gods - Hugh Clifford (EP Dutton & Co, 1911) EL G HB RM120  
  • The Field-Book of a Jungle-Wallah - Charles Hose (Oxford University Press, 1986) F PB RM60
  • The Fifth Impossibility: Essays on Exile and Language - Norman Manea (Yale University Press, 2012) N PB RM60
  • The Great Charles Dickens Scandal - Michael Slater (Yale University Press, 2012) N HB DJ RM120
  • The Master and His Emissary: The Divided Brain and the Making of the Western World - Iain McGilchrist (Yale University Press, 2012) N PB RM100
  • The Ocean of Ambition - Koh Buck Song (SNP International Publishing, 2003 ISBN: 9789812480200)N PB RM30  
  • The Planter's Bungalow: A Journey Down the Malay Peninsula - Peter and Waveney Jenkins (Editions Didier Millet, 2012 reprint ISBN: 9789814217316) N HB DJ RM150/RM130
  • The Portuguese and the Straits of Melaka 1575-1619 - Paulo Jorge de Sousa Pinto (Malaysian Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society and NUS Press, 2012) N PB RM60
  • The Ramayana Tradition in Southeast Asia - Singaravelu Sachithanantham (University of Malaya Press, 2004 ISBN:9789831002346) N PB RM50
  • The Short Stories and Plays of S Rajaratnam (Epigram, 2011) N HB DJ RM70
  • The Straits Chinese House: Domestic Life and Traditions - Peter Lee & Jennifer Chen N PB RM200
  • The Sword Has Two Edges: An Original Play - Li Lien Fung (SNP International, 2004) N PB RM40
  • The Writer's Workbook - Jenny Newman & Others (Arnold Publishers, 2004 ISBN: 9780340809655) N PB RM70 
  • Theory of Literature - Paul Fry (Yale University Press, 2012) N PB RM70
  • Three Sisters of Sze - Tan Kok Seng (Epigram, 2012) RM50
  • Those Who Can't, Teach - Haresh Sharma (Epigram, 2010) N PB RM40
  • Trade and Society in the Straits of Melaka: Dutch Melaka and English Penang, 1780-1830 - Nordin Hussin (National University of Singapore Press, 2009 ISBN: 9789971693541) N PB RM60  
  • Treason - Hedi Kaddour (Yale University Press, 2012) N PB  RM70
  • Under Chartered Company Rule: North Borneo 1881-1946 - KG Tregonning (University of Malaya Press, 1959) EL VG HB  RM140
  • Varieties of English in Southeast Asia and Beyond - Azirah Hashim & Norizah Hassan (eds) (University of Malaya Press, 2006 ISBN:9789831003183) N PB RM40
  • Victorious Wives: The Disguised Woman in the 19th Malay Syair - Mulaika Hijjas (National University of Singapore Press and The Malaysian Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society, 2011 ISBN: 9789971695262) RM70  
  • Weapons of the Weak: Everyday Forms of Peasant Resistance - James C Scott (Yale University Press & University of Malaya Press, 1985 ISBN:030003362) VG PB RM40
  • William Shellabear: A Biography - Robert Hunt (University of Malaya Press, 1996 ISBN:9789679940923) NF PB RM50
  • Women in Small Scale Fisheries in Malaysia - Jahara Yahya (University of Malaya Press, 1994 ISBN:9789679940732) F PB RM40
  • Writing Singapore: An Historical Anthology of Singapore Literature  - Angelia Poon & Others (NUS Press, 2009) N PB RM120
  • Wu Zetian: The Mighty Woman Sovereign of China - Gong Lizeng &Yang Aiwen (trans) (Asiapac Publication, 1997 ISBN: ISBN 9813068507) NF PB RM30


Kumar N said...

My dear Shri Knox,
I find your rapid success in the field of curating/exhibiting the contents of lovely old libraries,their contents wanting to break up and travel to new owners, most praiseworthy. Down! you green-eyed, quiet in my navel, till the tale of Shri Tett was told.

Bill, I've reached non-bender status now in Madras,but I had a pretty sprightly decade in Penang, spanning the 1960's and 1970's. Haven't been to Tanjong for a few years now,worse luck.

Question here: I don't have any bank account in M'sia, whatever feeble liquidity I possess is in Indian Rupee accounts. Question: any way of buying a Wu Lien Teh, say, from you? No pay-pal, credit card or other modern poxes on my side. Any thoughts on how I could get my Rupees to you, as legal tender, in xchange for tid-bits from the Bookshelf? Regards,

Kumar Narayanaswami

Penangbookshelf said...

Oh it made my day to be called 'Shri Knox,' Kumar Anna. (Last heard it applied to my father when he was a journalist in Delhi in the 50s and 60s.) I do have some ideas, but it's better that we correspond by email, rather than in this public forum. Do please write to me at

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