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Friday 5 September 2014

New Arrivals in September

New Arrivals in September

As of 28th September 2014
(Regularly Updated)

Listed below are books which have arrived at The Penang Bookshelf recently.  (All prices are post free within Malaysia. If you live outside Malaysia, please ask for a quote for postage.)

Prices are shown in Malaysian Ringgit in blue.  If you're looking for prices in other major currencies, you should be able to find them in The Penang Bookshelf Full Catalogue which is updated regularly. 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

By the time you read this, some of the titles may already be on the Penang Bookshelf website and eBay store. Do check. Prices are in Malaysian Ringgit in the eBay store and in US Dollars on the main website. Each site has a new arrivals page for the current and previous months. Where the title is in bold in this blog and there is no description of the book or price, this is because it is linked to a fuller description of the book on or in The Penang Bookshelf's eBay store. So have a look there.
The books are all used unless indicated otherwise. Abbreviations used are A = Acceptable, CD = CD Included, 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, SC = Slip Case and VG = Very Good

  • A Borneo Journey Into Death: Berawan Eschatology from its Rituals - Peter Metcalf
  • A History of Sarawak under its Two White Rajahs, 1839-1908 -  S Baring-Gould & CA Bamfylde (Henry Sotheran, 1909) HB G  RM440
  • A Short History of Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei - Mary C Turnbull - A brief introduction to the interconnected past of these theree modern states. As with any history of the area, this book emphasises how artificial the creation of these countries has been, thanks to colonial interventions of the past. 320 pages (Graham Brash, Singapore, 1980 ISBN: 9789971947064) PB VG RM60
  • A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute
    Abdullah Ahmad Badawi: Revivalist of an Intellectual Tradition - Syed Al-Attas & Ng Tieh Chuan - This interesting book, although it appears to be a political biography, published shortly after Badawi's appointment as prime minister, mainly concerns the role of Islam in the modern world. This is achieved through the examination of the term 'Islam hadhari' favoured by Badawi who was keen to move the Malay community towards embracing the modern world within the framework of Islam. 160 pages (Pelanduk, 2005 ISBN: 9789679789119) HB NF RM50
  • Beyond Taijiquan: The Supremacy of the Tai Chi Mind - Wong Choon Ching (Pelanduk, 2003) PB F RM50  
  • Borneo: Change and Development -  Mark Cleary & Peter Eaton - This book seeks to provide a historical, economic, social and environmental to the rapid pace of change in Borneo. Unusually it focuses on the island as a whole, rather than either a particular state or the Indonesian or Malaysian part of the island. 271 pages.(Oxford University Press, 1995 ISBN: 9789676531049) PB VG RMi50  

  • British North Borneo - Owen Rutter
  • Buddhism in Chinese Culture - Cheu Hock Tong (Pelanduk, 2000) PB F  RM60
  • Cerita Bola Sepak Malaysia - Jemaah Penggila Bola Sepak Malaysia - Himpunan 14 cerita bola sepak dari jemaah penggila bola sepak untuk penggila bola sepak yang lain. 269 pages.  (Dubook, 2012 ISBN: 9789671105719) PB N  RM50
  • Chinatown: An Album of a Singapore Community - Lily Tan - This album of photographs with accompanying text in Chinese and English sets out to preserve at least the pictorial history of the area of Singapore where most Chinese settled in its early years of the city. 168 pages - (Times, 1983) PB VG  RM70
  • Chinese Pioneers on the Sarawak Frontier, 1841-1941 - Daniel Chew (Oxford University Press, 2004) PB F  RM150 SOLD
  • Chinese Women and Modernity: Calendar Posters of the 1910s-1930s - Ng Chun Bong & Others - Selling - 2 copies remaining
  • Conversion in Malaysia: Issues and Reform Proposals - Mohammad Hashim Kamali & Others (International Institute of Advanced Islamic Studies Malaysia, 2012) PB N  RM40
  • Coolies and Mandarins: China's Protection of Overseas Chinese During the Late Ch'ing Period (1851-1911)  -  Yen Ching-Hwang (Singapore University Press, 1985) PB F  RM150
  • Cuzinhia Cristang: A Malacca-Portuguese Cookbook - Celine J Marbeck - The world is sprinkled with tiny communities left behind by departing colonists to fend for themselves. Some of the more fascinating are those left behind by the Portuguese in Asia since they managed to continue maintaining many aspects of Portuguese culture, including the language, with little or no contact with the 'motherland.' One such is the Jenti Cristang community in Malacca. Here the author shares a practical set of recipes demonstrating the unique blend of Malay, Straits Chinese, Indian, Portuguese and Dutch influences of the community's exotic blend of cooking. 168 pages . (Tropical Press, 1998) HB F DJ RM240
  • Destination Chungking - Han Suyin (Panther, 1976) PB G  RM30
  • Dialogue as Encounter in Faith: Problems and Prospects - Christian W Troll - A leading scholar on Christian-Muslim relations sets out in two essays firstly a basis for inter-faith dialogue, i.e. taking into account differences in each party's worldview as well as their theology and secondly practical issues that are likely to arise in such a dialogue. 60 pages(International Institute of Advanced Islamic Studies Malaysia, 2012 ISBN: 9789834427436) PB N  RM30
  • Dialogues with Chin Peng -  CC Chin & Karl Hack
  • Diaries in Ceylon, 1908-1911 - Leonard Woolf - Before he married Virginia Woolf and became a significant literary personality in his own right, the author was a colonial servant in British Ceylon. This his official record of his time as Assistant Government Agent in Hambantota in the South of the island. The book also contains three short stories by the author. lxxx & 286 pages with a fold out map.  (Tisara Prakasakayo, 1997) PB VG  RM200
  • Dialogue Between Islam and the West: Where Are We and Where Are We Going? - John Orbert Vell (International Institute of Advanced Islamic Studies Malaysia) PB N  RM30
  • Dwarf Cichlids: A Handbook for their Identification, Care and Breeding - Horst Linke & Wolfgang Staeck - An extensive handbook giving details of various species from 11 genera with colour photos, details of their original habitat, specific traits, similar species, care and breeding of each species. 232 pages (Tetra Press, 1995 ISBN: 9781564651686) HB VG RM130
  • Enhancing Inter-Ethnic Relations in Malaysia: Personal Observations on the 'Inter-Ethnic Module' in Public Universities - Shamsul Amri Baharuddin
    (International Institute of Advanced Islamic Studies Malaysia, 2012) PB N  RM30
  • Exile - Go Puan Seng (Michael Joseph, 1970) HB VG DJ RM40
  • Floating on a Malayan Breeze: Travels in Malaysia and Singapore -  Sudhir Thomas Vadaketh -In 2004 the author, a young Singaporean with a Malaysian father, set off for a month cycling around Malaysia on a daily budget of RM10 (US$3). The experience inspired him to take a look at both Malaysia and Singapore, its people, history and customs, 'from the bottom up.' This book is the enjoyable result. 282 pages.   (NUS Press, 2012 ISBN: 9789971696474) PB N  RM60
  • Ghafar: A Biography - Alias Mohamed
  • Gelombang Reformasi Rakyat - Salleh Bakar (Reformasi Citra) PB VG  RM40
  • Goh Chok Tong: Singapore's New Prime Minister - Alan Chong - Published shortly after Goh's appointment as Singapore's prime minister succeeding Lee Kuan Yew, this book looks back at his career and speculates as to whether he will be able to make his mark in his new role or merely keep the premier's seat warm in anticipation of the appointment of Lee Kuan Yew's son, Lee Hsien Loong. Hsien Loong succeeded Goh in 2004. 163 pages.- (Pelanduk, 1991 ISBN: 9789679783575) PB NF RM40
  • Good Morning and Good Night - Margaret Brooke, Ranee of Sarawak

  • Government and Society in Malaysia - Harold Crouch - After fifteen years as a visiting academic in Malaysia, Crouch, a political scientist, sets forth his analysis of the components of the political system and how it works. He concludes that it is a balanced system of democracy and authoritarianism which serves to maintain the status quo. 266 pages - (Cornell University Press, 1996 ISBN: 9780801483103) PB NF  RM40
  • Income Sharing Among Malay Peasants: A Study of Land Tenure and Rice Production -  Akimi Fujimoto - The work is based on research carried out in four villages in Province Wellesley and Kelantan. The author looks at how land tenure works, the economic aspects of rice production arising from the research and policy implications of the findings on potential Malaysian land reform. 290 pages - (Singapore University Press, 1983 ISBN: 9971690659) PB F  RM290
  • Interfaith Engagement and Positive Peace: What Works and What is Missing - Katherine Marshall (International Institute of Advanced Islamic Studies Malaysia, 2013) PB N  RM40
  • Interim Report on the Economic Conditions and Prospects of the Orang Asli of Southeast Pahang - Bryan P Sharpe - At the time of writing this report there were approximately 8,000 Orang Asli (indigenous tribes people) in Southeast Pahang. The purpose of the report was to determine how this group could be incorporated into economic development in the state as a whole and to give a general picture of their economy, culture and their desires and aspirations for the future. 111 pages.- (Lembaga kemajuan Pahang Tenggara, 1976) PB VG  RM200
  • Islam and The Future of Inter-Ethnic Relations in Malaysia - Chandra Muzaffar (International Institute of Advanced Islamic Studies Malaysia) PB N  RM30
  • Islam in Europe: Present Trends and Future Challenges - Christoph Marcinkowski and Nora S Eggen (International Institute of Advanced Islamic Studies Malaysia, 2013) PB N  RM50
  • Islam in Russia: Historical Facts and Modern Developments - Elmira Akhmetova (International Institute of Advanced Islamic Studies Malaysia, 2013) PB N  RM50
  • Jalan-Jalan: Images of Malaysia - Hans Hoeffer & Peter Hutton SOLD
  • Justice in Islamic and Western Legal-Political Thought: A Dual Heritage Affecting Gender Justice in Malaysia - Nik Noriani Nik Badli Shah (International Institute of Advanced Islamic Studies Malaysia, 2012) PB N  RM60
  • Malay Society: Transformation and Democratisation - Khoo Kay Kim
  • Malayan Fruits - Betty Molesworth Allen
  • Malaysia in the Dangerous 80s - Lim Kit Siang (Democratic Action Party, 1982) PB G  RM150
  • Memoir Khatijah Sidek: Puteri Kesateria Bangsa - Khatijah Sidek
  • Mobilizing Gay Singapore: Rights and Resistance in an Authoritarian State - Lynette C Chua (NUS Press, 2014 ISBN: 9789971698157) - A history of the gay rights movement in Singapore based on interviews with activists and research of activist and government documentation. In the last two decades this criminalised minority has become more vocal while avoiding direct confrontation with the state. 215 pages. - PB N  RM80
  • Mount Kinabalu: Borneo's Magic Mountain - KM Wong & CL Chan - A general introduction to Malaysia's highest mountain and the plants and wildlife in the region. With colour plates. 95 pages. (Natural History Publications, 1997 ISBN: 9789838120142) PB VG  RM40
  • Muslims and Christians in the New Millennium: Towards a Dialogue for Civilisational Renewal - Seyyed Hossein Nasr (International Institute of Advanced Islamic Studies Malaysia, 2011) PB N  RM40
  • My Story - Lim Goh Tong (Pelanduk, 2005) PB N  RM40
  • Nomads of the Borneo Rainforest: The Economics, Politics and Ideology of Settling Down - Bernard Sellato
  • Nyonya Kueh - Ricky Ng (Seashore) PB N  RM40
  • Old Kuching - Alice Yen Ho
  • Old Penang - Sarnia Hayes Hoyt
  • On the Road in Laos: An Anthropological Study of Road Construction and Rural Communities - Ing-Britt Trankell (Uppsala University, 1993) PB VG  RM70
  • Penang's History, My Story - Wong Chun Wai & Friends - A collection of newspaper articles written over a year bringing to life Penang's history with a wide range of anecdotes backed up by historical research. The result is one of the more readable histories of the city. 326 pages - (Star Publications, 2014 ISBN: 9789839512526) PB N RM60
  • Peshawar: Monumental Inscriptions: II - Susan Maria Farrington (British Association for Cemeteries in Asia, 1991) PB F RM100
  • Questioning Arms Spending in Malaysia - Kua Kia Soong
  • Rivers of Malaysia - Design Dimension, 1992 - A photographic journey through the rivers of Malaysia with a wealth of colour photos. 184 pages - (ISBN: 983872002X) HB VG DJ RM130 
  • Running Amok: A Historical Inquiry - John C Spores

  • Science and Spirituality in the Twenty-First Century - Elisabet Sahtouris - Sahtouris, an evolutionary biologist, has developed an approach, known as 'Living Systems Design,' where she applies principles of biology and evolution to organisational development. This booklet contains transcripts of two lectures delivered when in Malaysia in 2008. 58 pages-  (International Institute of Advanced Islamic Studies Malaysia, 2013) PB N  RM40
  • Shari'ah and Legal Pluralism in Malaysia - Constance Chevallier-Govers - The author, a leading international academic on the convergence and conflict of different legal systems, examines how Malaysia manages with applying shari'ah and civil law and makes five recommendations to make both systems function more effectively. 95 pages. (International Institute of Advanced Islamic Studies Malaysia, 2010 ISBN: 9789834427474) PB N  RM40
  • Shenton of Singapore: Governor and Prisoner of War - Brian Montgomery
  • Shit - Shahnon Ahmad (Pustaka Reka, 1999) PB VG  RM100
  • Smashing Terrorism in the Malayan Emergency: The Vital Contribution of the Police - Brian Stewart
  • Starry Island: New Writing from Singapore - Frank & Fiona Sze-Lorrain Stewart (eds) - An issue of the Hawaii literary magazine, Manoa, devoted to Singapore writing. Including 14 short stories, 12 poems and four memoirs. 226 pages - (University of Hawaii Press, 2014. ISBN: 9780824847975) PB N  RM70
  • Sylvia Lee Goh : A Malaysian Artist : Two Decades of the Heart, 1978-1998 - Goh Ken Wah (Xavier Goh Ken Wah) PB N  RM150
  • Tales from the South China Seas - Charles Allen (ed)
  • Tan Chiang Kiong Retrospective - Teh Ee Ming & Others (eds) (Penang State Museum & Art Gallery, 2013)  HB N DJ SG RM200
  • Tan Sri Ahmad Noordin: Kampung Boy to Auditor GeneralDoh Joon Chien
  • The Singapore Story: From Raffles to Lee Kuan Yew - Noel Barber 
  • The Soul of Indonesia: A Cultural Journey - Umar Kayam - A pictorial travelogue captural the wide variety of cultural traditions within this far flung country. 147 pages -(Louisiana State University Press, 1985 ISBN: 9780807112410)  HB VG  RM60
  • The Teenage Textbook or The Melting of the Ice Cream Girl - Adrian Tan (Hotspot Books, 1998) PB VG  RM160
  • The Underside of Malaysian History: Pullers, Prostitutes, Plantation Workers… -  Peter J Rimmer & Lisa M Allen (eds) - Based on papers presented at a seminar at the Australian National University in 1985, this book brings together attempts by social historians to construct something of a people's history from the late 19th century onwards. After all, today's Malaysians are the descendants of those who laboured to develop the Malayan peninsula and have little in common with the colonial 'heroes' who people most histories that have been written about the country. 259 pages - (Singapore University Press, 1990 ISBN: 9789971691271) PB NF  RM250  SOLD
  • Tun Sardon Jubir - Cecilia Tan  - The author, better known for her cookery book, Penang Nyonya Cooking here remembers one of Malaysia's unsung post-Merdeka politicians. He was both a central Government minister and Governor of Penang. 111 pages(Pelanduk, 1986)  PB F  RM40
  • Transfer of Modern Science and Technology to the Muslim World - Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu  (International Institute of Advanced Islamic Studies Malaysia, 2011) PB N RM60
  • Tropical Rain Forest in South-East Asia: A Pictorial Journey - Ken Rubeli
  • Vannathikulam: Butterfly Lake - Noel Nadesan (Vijitha Yapa, 2007) PB N  RM50
  • White Gloves and Parasols: Women Travellers in Singapore - 1870s -  Isabella Bird & Others (Landmark, 2012) PB N  RM30
  • Wives and Midwives: Childbirth and Nutrition in Rural Malaysia - Carol Laderman