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New Arrivals at The Penang Bookshelf in June 2019

New Arrivals at The Penang Bookshelf


June 2019

(Last Updated 27-6-19)

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.

The Living Legends: Borneans Telling Their Tales - Benedict Sandin   RM200

In this book the former curator of the Sarawak Museum has collected a wide range of stories from indigenous peoples in Sarawak about life before the changes brought about in the 20th century. 280 pages. For further details, please see the scanned contents page. Very Good Hardback in a Good Dust Jacket. First Edition.

Malaysia & Singapore - Cooking & Food

Cuzinhia Cristang: A Malacca-Portuguese Cookbook - Celine J Marbeck   RM120

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  Please see the scan of the contents page for further details. New Hardback in a New Dust Jacket. Reprint.  

Malaysian Vegetables in Colour: A Complete Guide - HF Chin   RM150

As the title suggests, the author, a senior academic in agronomy and horticulture, gives the reader a complete tour through everything one needs to know about Malaysian vegetables. Each species is illustrated in colour with their Malay, Chinese  and scientific names and there are guides to both the growing,  storage and cooking of the vegetables. New Hardback in a New Dust Jacket. First Edition.  222 pages. For further details, please see the scanned contents page. 

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.

Tales from the Baram River - Chuah Guat Eng   RM80

The Baram River has been one of the main conduits for communication in Sarawak for centuries. In this book, Malaysia's first female novelist in English, retells six stories from the region's folklore treasury. Most of the stories are about animals. 67 pages. First Edition, Good Paperback.

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

They Came to Malaya: A Travellers' Anthology - J. M. Gullick (ed)   RM130

A useful collection of extracts of mainly visitors to the peninsual and their impressions. So Hugh Clifford, Isabella Bird, Katherine Sim, Victor Purcell and many other similar movers and hangers on in the British set up are much in evidence. However longer term residents such as  Munshi Abdullah, Mat Syed, Chin Kee Onn and others appear too. Probably one of the best starting points for exploring this literature more widely. Very Good Paperback. First Edition  320 pages

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 - Malay Community & Culture

A Full Hearing: Orality and Literacy in the Malay World - Amin Sweeney   RM170

A fascinating study of the effect on Malay peoples of having their traditional oral culture supplanted by a written one. Sweeney argues that literacy has not completely replaced oral traditions in the Malay culture and, more importantly, that it should not do so. He advocates that the orality of Malay culture still be given a "full hearing' to allow Malay culture to continue to evolve in its own distinct way. Near Fine Hardback in a Near Fine Dust Jacket. First Edition. 337 pages

Malaysia & Singapore - Nature & Wildlife

Gardening in The Lowlands of Malaya - RE Holttum   RM120

This book was for many years the gardening bible for English readers in Malaya. Written by the former Director of the Botanic Gardens of Singapore and the most prolific author on Malayan botany in the first half of the 20th century, the book covers almost anything the Malayan gardener might want to know from flowering plants, trees and hedges to fruit, vegetables an diseases. Very Good Hardback in a Very Good Dust Jacket. First Edition. 323 pages with 18 black and white and 16 colour illustrations and an index.

Know the Wayside Trees of Malaysia (10 Volumes) - Adib Vincent Tung   RM500

These ten volumes are an admirable attempt to educate Malaysian schoolchildren about the trees of their country. The first volume is on monocotyledons, the second on conifers, the next seven volumes describe broadleaves and the final volume covers fig trees. Each volume has 32 pages. Each tree described has information about its scientific, vernacular and Malay names, its family, place of origin, height, a general description and at least one colour photograph. New Hardback. First Edition

Malaysia'a Emerald Crown: Exploring the World's Oldest Tropical Rain Forest - Deborah Uchida   RM120

The author, a natural history photographer and researcher, introduces the reader to Malaysia's principal National Park, nearly 4,500 square kilometres of lowland and mountains, including the peninsula's highest mountain. Her many colour photographs are accompanied by her accounts of her many visits to the park. New Hardback in a New Dust Jacket. First Edition. 183 pages. For further details, please see the scanned contents page

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

Pocket Check List of Timber Trees - J Wyatt-Smith  RM280

A check list for Malayan forest service field officers, giving timber trees' scientific , timber, trade and vernacular names and where they are likely to be found in the country. Good Hardback. First Edition. 171 pages with further blank pages for notes. For further details, please see the scanned contents page. 

Some Common Trees of Malaya - Betty Molesworth Allen  RM100

A guide to Malaysian trees for the complete amateur. The varying tree types are grouped together in chapters with helpful titles like "trees with yellow flowers," "trees with green or greenish flowers" and "trees which apparently never flower." Refreshingly useful 100 pages with line drawings, an index and fifteen pages of black and white plates. Very Good Paperback. Second edition.  Originally published in 1957. 

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

Wayside Trees of Malaya (Two Volumes) - EJH Corner   RM550

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. The 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. Fair  Hardback Reprint


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 

The Pinang Peranakan Mansion - Chan Suan Choo   RM120

New. One of Penang's must see sights is the Penang Peranakan mansion, which is not only a well-preserved and restored example of the opulent houses that Penang businessmen have been building for themselves for a couple of centuries, but also home to a wide range of 19th and early 20th century Straits Chinese domestic ware from the showy to the practical. So this book has lots for those facinated by all aspects of past Penang Straits Chinese life. 179 pages. With chapters on 1 - The Chinese Kapitan, 2 - Hai Kee Chan Office & Residence, 3 - The Restoration, 4 - Additional Structures, 5 -The Peranakans, 6 - The Peranakan House, 7 - The Straits Chinese Collection. There is a bibliography and the book is illustrated with arcgitectural drawings, several colour and a few black and white plates. 179 pages

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

Sajak Angkatan Baru - Samad Halim & Harun Md Hassan (eds)   RM120

A collection of modern verse in Malay by Malay authors and others with translations into Malay. 42 pages. Very Good Paperback. First Edition.

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

Memories Unfolded: A Guide to Memories At Old Ford Factory - Pitt Kuan Wah (ed)   RM220

The Former Ford factory in Singapore is now mainly remembered, not for producing cars, but for it having been the scene of the British surrender of Singapore in 1942 and the Japanese headquarters for Malaya during their occupation of the country. The factory was abandoned some years after the war and eventually reopened as an exhibition site. This book is a guide to the factory's history and the permanent exhibition. 206 pages. Very Good Soft cover. First Edition. For further details, please see the scanned contents page

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 War in Malaya and Indonesia, 1941-1945 - Philip Cockrill (ed)  RM80

A collection of short memoirs of various prisoners of war originally published in the FEPOW Forum of the London Prisoners of War Association. Included are the official account of Lt. General Louis Heath of the Malaya Campaign, an account by a Dutch women for her children and grandchildren and other accounts.  52 pages with maps, a few black and white photos and drawings. 52 pages. Very Good Paperback First Edition


Melawat Negara Tetangga - Harun Aminurrashid    RM150

An account of the author's travels in Burma, India and Thailand. 204 pages including black and white plates.Very Good Paperback. First Edition

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.

The Paquebot Marks of Asia and of Japan's Sea Posts - Edwin Drechel    RM60

These postal marks arose because of the convention that passengers and crew of ships could post items at foreign ports using their own country's postage rates and stamps when the receiving port would mark the item with a paquebot stamp. In this book the author has collected examples of such stamps from ports stretching from Aden to Japan. 60 pages. Very Good Paperback.


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