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Wednesday 22 June 2022


New Arrivals at The Penang Bookshelf


June 2022

(Last Updated 22-6-2022)
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Malaysia & Singapore - Anthropology & Sociology

In this book, Cole, an anthropologist from the University of Chicago, sets himself a large task, i.e. to describe the history, manners and customs of the Phillipines, present day Indonesia and Malaysia and some of the Pacific Islands. He confines himself to people of Malayic or pre-Malayic origin. The purpose of the book was to inform colonial decision makers in the immediate post World War II era as they weighed up their future. 354 pages including chapters on Prehistory of Malaysia and the Adjacent Mainland, Historical Review, The Pygmies, The Sakai, The Malay of the Peninsula, The Phillipines, Borneo, Bali, Java, Sumatra & Nias. There are about 40 illustrations and maps, three appendices on Tribal Maps, Physical Types and a Distribution Chart of Cultural Traits respectively as well as a bibliography and index. Very Good Second Printing Hardback in a Good Dust Jacket 

Written shortly after Singapore became an independent nation, this book takes stock of the make of the country's population, throwing light on cultural contacts, urbanisation, political history and much else besides. Very Good Hardback in a  Good Dust Jacket. 227 pages with tables, a bibliography and an index

Malaysia & Singapore - Architecture

A selection of 360  watercolours taken from the evocative collections previously published in the Sketchbook and Landmarks series. This is probably the best representation of the variety of Malaysia's architecture before the middle of the 20th century, although a few more modern buildings are also included. 356 pages. Please see the scan of the contents page for further details. Near Fine Hardback in a Near Fine Dust Jacket 

Malaysia & Singapore - Arts & Crafts

In 2000 Singapore issued its 'Renaissance City Report' which was intended to be a blueprint for transforming the city into an international arts hub. In this volume public intellectuals and civil society activists look at what the report gets right, in their opinion, and what changes need to be made to reach the report's goal. New Paperback. First Edition. 276 pages with an index. 

Malaysia & Singapore - Biography & Memoirs

16 essays by colleagues and students about the achievements of arguably the leading historian of Southeast Asia today. New Paperback. First Edition. 338 pages with an index.

A Malaysian novelist shares her experiences of how she became a writer and offers tips on doing the same and getting published. New Paperback. First Edition 180 pages.

Singapore's longest serving President looks back on his life from being a teenager on the run , through living by his wits during the Japanese occupation, acquiring a more formal education after the war and rising up through the ranks of the civil service to becoming President. The account is all the more interesting because the author's personal reflections on an adult life which coincided with the city's emergence from war damage and then political turmoil to being the most economically and politically stable country in the region. 672 pages with an index


A report by a noted anthropologist on Iban family life and agriculture in the middle of the 20th century. The account was originally published in 1955. Very Good Paperback. 314 pages with one black and white plates, some figures and maps. 

An adaptation of  a Borneo folk tale rewritten by the author for his young daughter in Australia, Good Hardback. Reprint. 124 pages with several line drawings by RW Coulter.

This classic account of the writer's visit to Borneo just around the time of independence includes history, ethnography and anecdote all written in an entertaining style. The book includes 44 black and white illustrations of the country and the people whom the author met. The 376 pages are divided into six parts, i.e. 1 - The Country, 2 - The Land Dayaks, 3 - The Ibans, 4 - The Kayans and Kenyahs, 5 - The Melanaus, Malays and Chinese and 6 - Envoi.        Very Good  Hardback Second Impression     

One of the leading historians of the Brooke period in Sarawak gives a popular well illustrated account of the extraordinary history of this family and the peoples who became their unwitting subjects. 144 pages. Near Fine Hardback in a Near Fine Dust Jacket  For further details, please see the scanned contents page.

A thorough review of almost every aspect of life in the British territory of Sarawak in the year before it became a state in the new Malaysian federation. Very Good Paperback. 379 pages with four pull out maps and numerous black and white photographs.

While working as an engineer in Borneo, the author decided to explore his surroundings which took him on a walk through Sarawak and into Indonesian Kalimantan. This is his account of the journey. A Runner up in the Thomas Cook Travel Book Awards 1980. Very Good Paperback. Revised Edition 207 pages with several black and white photographs by the author and the renowned photographer, Dennis Lau

Malaysia & Singapore - Business Economics & Labour 

This claims to be one of the first major studies of the impact of party politics on the formulation and implementation of Malaysia's economy, despite Government claims to the contrary. The reader is briefed firstly on the colonial economy, followed by the New Economic Policy with five case studies, privatising state assets with two further case studies and an account of Malaysia's 'New Rich' with four further case studies. 207 pages with a bibliography, an index and extensive tables and figures. Good Paperback. First Edition Edition

A guide to managing money in Malaysia. The text is in Bahasa Malaysia. New Paperback  330 pages with some line drawings. 

Malaysia & Singapore - Children

Part of a series introducing children to different parts of the world through the fictional adventures of Simon and Jennie. This one was unusual as they travelled through 'one of the trouble spots of the world,' visiting Malaya during the 'Emergency,' surviving a bomb plot in Bangkok as well as visiting Singapore, Saigon, Hong Kong and Borneo. Good Hardback in a Good Dust Jacket. First Edition. 140 pages with some black and white plates. 

Malaysia & Singapore - Chinese Community & Culture

Intended as a work for social science students, this work collects together academic writings on Chinese religious practice in the area. Some articles have been previously published elsewhere, but most were commissioned for this book. Starting off with a survey of Southeast Asia as a whole, the book then devotes substantial country specific sections to varieties of belief and practice in Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore. There is a bibliography and an index Good Hardback. First Edition 393 pages

This is a study of the social and economic system the author found amongst Chinese vegetable growers in the Bertram Valley in the Cameron Highlands. He also looks at the support for and conflicts encountered by the community within Malaysian society as a whole. Very Good Hardback. First Edition. 174 pages.

Purcell, drawing on the experiences of his twenty year career in the Malayan Civil Service, including being Principal Adviser on Chinese Affairs immediately after World War II, produced the first study of the Chinese community in the country. 327 pages. The book is divided into the following parts I - Early History, II - Special Aspects of the Chinese in Malaya & III - Recent Developments, 1939-46. There is an appendix on the Baba Language, two appendices on population statistics, one on the sex ratio amongst the different races, another on Chinese clan divisions, a bibliography, index and two fold out maps

Blythe, Secretary for Chinese Affairs in Malaya in the immediate post war period, produces one of the most comprehensive accounts of secret societies that were an integral part of Chinese society both on the mainland and amongst Chinese overseas. The book looks at both the attempts of the Ching Dynasty and British colonial authorities to suppress these groups as well as the role played they played in the Malayan 'Emergency'. With a foreword by Malcolm MacDonald 570 pages with about 20 black and white plates, a bibliography, general index and an index of Societies and Organizations. Very Good Hardback in a  Good Dust Jacket. First Edition

Malaysia & Singapore - Cinema, Dance, Drama & Music

A forgotten, but still relevant, slice of Singapore's history. In 1978 a Hollywood team of actors and behind the camera people filmed the adaptation of Paul Theroux's well known novel, Saint Jack, on the streets and in the brothels of Singapore without permission from the authorities. The feat was achieved with the help of a group of Singapore residents, whom the author interviewed, together with the visitors, to produce this account of the escapade. In time honored fashion the Singapore Government banned the film on release. Very Good Paperback. First Edition. 240 pages.  with several black and white photographs.

Malaysia & Singapore - Constitution, Laws & Legal System

This book was published as part of a plan to harmonise the laws of the ASEAN nations. The author, a former Lord President of Malaysia, unravels the intricacies of the Malaysian legal system for the benefit of lay people and students. Very Good Paperback. First Edition. 153 pages with a bibliography and an index. 

A collection of essays assessing the impact of the original act and its amendment in 2016. New Paperback. 225 pages with an index. 

A comprehensive guide for the potential house buyer in Malaysia. The author, with over 40 years experience as a qualified valuer and surveyor, deals with all forms of domestic accommodation from what to consider when setting out on a purchase through to the completion of the transaction. Very Good Paperback. First Edition. 216 pages with an index.

Malaysia & Singapore - Education

This book is not only designed to enable parents and teachers to introduce children to poetry, but also demonstrates how it can be used to break down stereotypes that plague society. For example the authors show how poetry can develop empathy in children through a series of case studies. New Paperback. 142 pages with an index. 

Malaysia & Singapore - The "Emergency"

Malaya in the 1950s was the first post-WWII testing ground where colonial powers had to face up to guerilla warfare from local insurgents with some popular support. Purcell was a frequent visitor to the country and although probably accurately described by the British Communist, Palme Dutt, as an 'apologist for imperialism,' is critical in this book of British attempts to crush the uprising by force without paying sufficient attention to encouraging democratic development elsewhere. The book makes interesting reading in the context of the hundreds of books written about the many similar guerilla wars which followed. pp 288. Very Good Hardback in a Good Dust Jacket. First Edition

A review of Commonwealth military actions in the second half of the 20th century. All the contributors either took part in the actions described, were journalists at the scene or acknowledged experts. Near Fine Paperback. Signed by the Author. Originally published in 2002. 376 pages with several black and white plates and an index. 

Malaysia & Singapore - Environment, Nature & Wildlife

This guide to a nature park, maintained by the Malaysian Nature Society, not only contains a map for visitors, but descriptions and photographs of the main flora and fauna species that have the park as their home. The park is best known for its extensive mangrove swamps and over 100 species of birds. There is a bird check list as well as an index to the main fauna to be found there. 105 pages. 

The principal reference work on bamboos in the peninsula covering 59 species in 14 genera. There is also information on their habitat, distribution, growth structure, uses and means of propagation. 200 pages with references, appendix, index and some photos Very Good Hardback in a Near Fine Dust Jacket 

After years of experience exploring the jungles of South America, India and Malaysia, the author sets out in simple and clear terms what is need to survive in the jungle. Very Good Paperback. First edition 119 pages. For further details, please see the scanned contents page. Very Good Paperback. First Edition 

The authors, both former lecturers at the Department of Geography at the University of Malaya, set out four themes in this book. Firstly they outline the abundant diversity of Malaysia's rain forests, then they look at the change brought about by exploitation since the beginning of the 19th century, followed by looking at the environmental effects of such change and finally setting out what has been done for conservation of this natural wealth and what further measures could be taken. Good Paperback. Revised Edition. 194 pages with some black and white plates, figures, tables, a list of references and an index

A photographic guide to mammals on the Malay peninsula. The text is in Bahasa Malaysia. New Paperback. First Edition. 206 pages with an index of  Bahasa Malaysia, English and Scientific names .

This work includes one paper on Pandanaceae where, inter alia, 13 new species and one new variety are described, two papers on Rutaceae, on a proposed revision of the genus Glycosmis Correa and on new records and taxa of Aurantioideae from Borneo and, finally, details of a new orchid found in Pahang . Stone was attached to the Botany Department of the University of Malaya at the time of writing. Published as Volume 23 of the Federation Museums Journal 121 pages with various colour and black and white plates and line drawings Very Good Paperback. First Edition  

This book is principally a listing of about 450 species found in the summit area of the mountain, one of the highest on the peninsula. The region consists of two vegetation types, upper montane forest and elfin-forest.. Stone was attached to the Botany Department of the University of Malaya at the time of writing. Published as Volume 26 (Part 1) of the Federation Museums Journal 157 pages with eight colour plates, a list of references, a map and various  line drawings Very Good Paperback. First Edition 

For contents please see scanned contents page. 65 pages with some black and white photograph sand line drawings  Very Good Paperback. First Edition 

Malaysia & Singapore - Fiction

Izzah adalah seorang gadis yatim piatu yang kematian orang tua mereka akibat kemalangan jalan raya. Justeru itu, pak saudaranya, Taha mengambil tugas memelihara Izzah. Isteri Taha tidak senang dengan kehadiran Izzah dan menuduh Izzah membawa bencana dalam keluarga. Near Fine Paperback. 563 pages. 

A novel based on the experiences of the author where a young Englishman arrives n  Singapore at the time of the Malayan 'Emergency' and falls in love with a Chinese woman, but the relationship falls apart. Their story is told against a backdrop of guerilla war, rising nationalism and Singapore daily life at the time. Good Paperback. Reprint. 463 pages. 

A collection of ten short stories about race, colour, love and what happens to us when we move from place to place or plan to do so. New Paperback. 155 pages. 

This is the author's first collection of prose as he is better known as a leading award winning Singaporean poet. These 16 fairy tales are transformed by him into something both more surreal and also more grounded in modern reality than their saccharine originals. 137 pages. Near Fine Paperback. 

Goh Poh Seng has the distinction of writing the first novel in English in Singapore. In this, his second novel, the setting is in an unnamed country, although the allusions to Vietnam are several. The book was written at the time of the Vietnam war reflecting on the consequences of foreign intervention generally. Good Paperback. Reprint. Originally published in 1977. 267 pages.

In his heyday, Maugham travelled the world to collect material for the more than one hundred short stories he wrote in his lifetime. He visited Borneo in the 1920s and, as GV de Freitas' introduction to this collection points out, some of the stories were based on his experiences. Good Paperback. Reprint 287 pages. Please see the scan of the contents page for further details. 

Seven stories, set on seven different days, by Malaysia's master of horror and suspense. New Paperback. First Edition. 153 pages. 

Victor's Last Wish and More Yarns – Kris Jitab  RM80

A collection of six novellas set in various parts of Malaysia. Several of the stories are set in the country's colonial past. New Paperback. 251 pages. 

A collection of short stories from writers from Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines and Singapore. The contributing authors are Zedeck Siew, Raymond G. Falgui, Lyana Shah, Dipika Mukherjee, Timothy Marsh, Richard Calayeg Cornelio, Ted Mahsun, Eliza Vitri Handayani, Michael Aaron Gomez, Tilon Sagulu, Alexander Marcos Osias, Nin Harris, Francis Quina, M. Shanmughalingam and Victor Fernando R. Ocampo. New Paperback. 228 pages. 

Merdeka: Malaya 1957. A Country Gains Freedom, but Deep in the Jungle Fighting Continues – Lachlan Gunn  RM60

A novel set in Malaya at the time of independence. It follows the fortunes of a young Scots officer both in combat in the jungle and on a tour of the country as he recuperates. Near Fine. Paperback. 295 pages. Near Fine Paperback. 

A collection of short stories written in London in the 1940s and scripts of later radio plays before Rajaratnam became Singapore's first Foreign Minister after Independence. Very Good  Hardback in a Near Fine Dust Jacket. Signed by the Editor  241 pages. 


Malaysia & Singapore - Geography & Guide Books

Culture Shock Malaysia! - Heidi Munan  RM60

A popular guide to Malaysian customs and etiquette. Good Paperback. 239 pages with some black and white photographs, line drawings and an index. 

Malaysia & Singapore - History

A History of Singapore - Ernest CT Chew & Edwin Lee (eds)  RM170

A group of Singaporean scholars give their explanations as to the evolution of Singapore as it was at the end of the 20th century, They take into account historical, economic and social trends that contributed to the city state's identity. Very Good Paperback. Reprint. Originally published in 1991 442 pages with figures, tables, maps, plates a bibliography and an index. 

Malaysia & Singapore - History (20th century)

At the time of constitutional discussions in Malaya in 1947 a popular front, Putera-The All-Malaya Council of Joint Action, put forward their own proposals which would have increased the chances of the country's subsequent political history not being blighted by racism and elite politics. The proposals were rejected by the British colonial administration. On the 70th anniversary of the proposals, they are republished here together with essays on their significance and other documents. New Paperback  136 pages 

Malaysia & Singapore - History (19th century)

While most historical writing in English on Malay Sultans concentrates on their interactions with British colonialism, Gullick here takes a step backwards to look at how they functioned before the British reduced their role. He concentrates on the whole political organisation from village to state in Perak, Selangor and Negri Sembilan with some references to Kedah and Pahang. First Edition Very Good Hardback 151 pages. 

Malaysia & Singapore - History (18th century)

This is the fourth volume in the Encyclopedia of Malaysia, running to sixteen volumes in total,  the largest reference work on Malaysia ever produced. This book, well illustrated with colour photographs, maps and other illustrations takes us through the least documented period of Malaysia's history under the guidance of a range of international scholars. Within the book's 144 pages are sections on Prehistory, Prehistoric Settlement Patterns, Prehistoric Technology and Art and Economic Patterns of Neolithic Life by Peter Bellwood, Belief Systems in Prehistoric Times by Leong Sau Heng, The Protohistoric Period and From Port Kingdoms to Entrepots by the editor, Wider Contacts in Protohistoric Times and Indigenisation of Indian Culture by John Miksic, The Port Kingdoms by Barbara Watson Andaya and the Early Islamic Period by Othman Yatim. The book finishes with a useful glossary and bibliography.    Fine Hardback in a Near Fine Dust Jacket            

Malaysia & Singapore - Indian Community & Culture

The author traces the political history of the Indian community in Malaya from the end of World War II until independence. The community had been politically awakened by the Japanese occupation forces and were not going to be left out of the independence process as they turned their focus from India to their new home. The book also examines how the Malayan Indian Congress transformed form being non communal into joining the Alliance where racial politics were central.  Good Hardback in a Very Good Dust Jacket. First Edition. 260 pages with a bibliography and an index. 

Malaysia & Singapore - Language & Linguistics

Indian influence in the Malay archipelago stretched from about 200 BC to about 1500 AD, preceding Arab and then European influences. This pamphlet reminds the reader of the extent to which that influence remains in the languages spoken there today. Although the words are not many, the frequency with which they are used is significant. 54 pages. Please see the scan of the contents page for further details. 

An introduction to Malay writing style. The book is in Bahasa Malaysia. Very Good Paperback. First Edition 254 pages with a bibliography and an index.

Malaysia & Singapore - Literature

A collection of poetry and prose from Malaysia and Singapore selected by one of Singapore's leading poets. Good Hardback. Reprint. 174 pages. 

This book is the first comprehensive historical anthology of English-language literary works from Singapore. Amongst many of its features it enables the reader to access to narratives and poems which have been forgotten or are now hard to obtain. These literary works represent the historical and contemporary imagery inspired by Singapore, one of the world's most cosmopolitan countries.  This book is divided into 3 sections: literature before 1965, 1965-1990 and 1990-present. 677 pages including references. Near Fine Hardback in a Near Fine Dust Jacket. First Edition. 

A book on Malay literature, its history and a critical appreciation of several works. The text is in Malay. Very Good Paperback. Reprint. Originally published in 1961. 184 pages  

This is the autobiography of a scholar and  resident of Malacca in the 19th century. He was an associate of several East India Company officers, including Raffles, and so provides a rare account, from a local viewpoint, of the time when the British were rapidly extending their influence on the Peninsula. This translation includes the main work, Volume I, and the smaller Volume II, but is only in English with an extensive introduction, many useful notes and a commentary. The book also contains 7 pages of maps of the Peninsula and Malacca at the time as well as one or two line drawings. and a 28 page historical introduction There is also an index. very Good Hardback. Reprint. Originally published in 1955 353 pages.

Malaysia & Singapore - Magic & Popular Religion

On this subject, Shaw is best known for his work, Aspects of Malaysian Magic, which was published two years after this monograph. Presumably most of the information here was also in the later book.  He covers various aspects of magic from various cultures, but has most information on Malay practices. Very Good Paperback. 176 pages which include more than 100 black and white plates and at least 20 line drawings of charms and other aspects of magic practice. Published as Volume XVIII of the Federation Museums Journal

Malaysia & Singapore - Malay Community & Culture

The author, a Malaysian in surgical practice in the United States for many years, is well known for his often provocative and insightful analyses of what he perceives as the ills of his homeland. In this collection of essays he looks at what he sees as the stifling effects of race, Islamism and the Malay sultans on the Malay mindset. As is usual in his writings, he follows up his incisive criticism with practical suggestions for change. New Paperback. 281 pages with an index.

Consulting this book helps the reader understand the importance of the 'chop' - usually the ubiquitous rubber stamp today - in many parts of Southeast Asia. Seals in this region, as well as elsewhere, were a vital guarantee of of a document's authenticity. In this meticulously researched and lavishly illustrated book, the author, the head of the Southeast Asia section at the British Museum, catalogues more than 2,000 of such seals from present-day Indonesia, Malaysia, Brunei, Singapore, Cambodia, the Philippines and Thailand from the 16th to the 20th centuries. New Hardback in a New Dust Jacket. 785 pages. For further details, please see the scanned contents page.

One might think that Malays, from what is now Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore, only migrated to Australia in modern times. However due to Malays often being seafarers from a land mass near Australia, groups have been arriving in Australia, Christmas Island and the Cocos (Keeling) Islands for some time. In this book a leading linguist looks at how these immigrants have settled in their new homes and the extent to which, if any, their culture and language has changed. New Hardback.

A former State Secretary of Sarawak outlines the traditions and values of his community of Sarawak Malays and then proceeds to examine ways in which they have adapted, positively or otherwise, to a new world where economics and politics appear to have the upper hand. He does not hold out much hope for the future. Near Fine Paperback. First Edition 99 pages

A former senior civil servant in Sarawak documents the marriage customs among his community. The book is mainly concerned with customs among Kuching Malays. He details the preliminaries to marriage, the ceremony itself and the procedure for divorce. Very Good Paperback. First Edition 98 page with some black and white photographs and a bibliography. 

Malaysia & Singapore - Media & Journalism

A collection of newspaper columns by the author under his own name and under the pseudonym Cyanide. Very Good hardback. First Edition. 143 pages. 

Malaysia & Singapore - Miscellaneous

For contents please see scanned contents page. 114  pages with some black and white photographs, line drawings and a pull out map  Very Good Paperback. First Edition 

Orang Asli/Indigenous Peoples

The author's account of fifteen days spent with the Temiar aboriginal people in the Malayan jungle in the 1950s. Motivated by little more than curiosity, he finds himself caught up in rituals and other events that made a profound impression on him. Good Hardback in a Good Dust Jacket. Reprint. Originally published in 1953. 182 pages with two maps and several black and white plates.

At the time of this reprint, this account of the Negrito aborigines of Malaysia remained the only description of the people made by someone who had actually lived with them extensively, although the first edition had been published nearly half a century earlier. Schebesta, a theologian, gives an account of the Negrito religion that has seldom been bettered and was the first person to identify distinctly separate groups within the wide 'Negrito' definition that had been employed earlier. The book remains essential reading for those wanting to familiarise themselves with Orang Asli culture in the country. Very Good. Paperback. Reprint. Originally published in 1928  288 pages with an introduction by Geoffrey Benjamin. For further details, please see the scanned contents page


A history of one of the most historically important states of Malaysia. Linehan traces the state's history from earliest times to the end of the 19th century. Good Hardback. Reprint. Originally published in 1936. 256 pages with seventeen black and white plates and two maps.

A book in Bahasa Malaysia and English commemorating the first centenary of the school. The book includes a history of the school, a list of distinguished past pupils and a list of past pupils 227 pages with several, mainly black and white, photographs. Very Good Hardback in a Very Good Dust Jacket. 

Malaysia & Singapore - Politics

Following on from the author's 'Paradoxes of Mahathirism: An Intellectual Biography of Mahathir Mohamad,' he attempts to predict Malaysia's future in anticipation of Mahathir's planned resignation at the end of 2003. Into the mix he stirs the varying fortunes of Anwar Ibrahim, the Reformasi movement, the role of PAS, the Islamic party, and much more. Very Good Paperback. First Edition. 220 pages with tables, a bibliography and an index.

Singapore has developed into a successful city state in Southeast Asia thanks to a generally accepted public consensus that freedom of expression needs to be limited and a meritocracy with little wealth distribution needs to flourish to protect  a vulnerable and fragile evolving entity. The authors argue that this consensus is fraying at the edges and needs to be reassessed. They also make suggestions of how to rethink the country's policies and institutions if the country is to succeed in the future. New Paperback. Reprint. Originally published in 2014. 233 pages. with an index

8th March 2008 marked the day when, for the first time since independence some 50 years before, the ruling Barisan Nasional coalition no longer had a two-thirds majority in parliament. They also lost control of five states in the same election. The book explains the significance of the change in the light of the country's previous history and the expectation that the day was a turning point towards positive change. The book includes interviews with several well known opposition figure. Very Good Paperback. First Edition 324 pages. 

Malaysia & Singapore - World War II

A biography of the British commander whose lot it was to surrender Singapore to the Japanese in February 1942. Kinvig traces Percival's career from the First World War right through to his life after he was released from Japanese captivity. The book is a vindication of Percival's role and a critical examination of the part played by Churchill in Singapore's downfall. Fine Hardback in a Near Fine Dust Jacket 278 pages.

An account of the origins, execution and maintenance of the Japanese occupation of Southeast Asia that was the spur for the end of European colonial rule later in the century. Although the invasion often was generally executed with apparent ease, managing their new subjects was a more clumsy experience for the Japanese. As a result, although Southeast Asians were often thankful to be rid of their European masters, the Japanese were seldom missed after they were eventually routed. New Paperback. First Edition. 286 pages with a bibliography and an index. 


An account of life on board schooners in the seas around China and Japan at the end of the 19th century. Good Hardback. Reprint. Originally published in 1892. 284 pages with some black and white plates. 

Articles include - Studies in Marduk - W. G. Lambert; Diplomatica Siciliana - John Wansbrough; Al-Zuhrī, Naskh al-Qur'ān and the problem of early Tafsīr texts - A. Rippin; The way of the peasant - Michael Brett; On the antiquity of Zoroastrian apocalyptic - Mary Boyce; The non-Sanskritic vocabulary of the later Sikh gurūs - C. Shackle; Mahābhārata motifs in the Jaina Pāṇḍava-Purāṇa - Padmanabh S. Jaini. Near . Fine Paperback, 209 pages First Edition 

An introduction to the principal varieties of tropical fruit to be found in Asian markets with botanical information and colour illustrations of each. Also included are recipes and guidance as to how to best enjoy the fruit described. Very Good Paperback. Reprint. 

The author, an archaeologist and architectural conservator with over 20 years' experience in the region, takes the reader through over 500 sites with more than 400 photographs and nearly 80 maps and plans. The book is suitable for both the traveller who wants to visit the sites and those who are happy just to soak up the extensive information assembled here. New Paperback  312 pages with a reading list and an index. 

The contributors to this book trace the varying histories of health practices in Southeast Asia over the past two centuries. Outwardly the most significant health impact during this period was the introduction of Western medicine on a large scale, mainly due to the dictates of colonial powers and their successor governments. Yet the effect has not been to completely wipe out traditional practices that preceded this change. The essays demonstrate how both systems live beside and interact with each other. New Paperback. First Edition. 290 pages with figures, tables, a bibliography and an index. 

A collection of 14 short stories from Asia and elsewhere about lives of people no longer living in the countries where they were born. Very Good Paperback. First Edition. 168 pages.

The essays in this book seek to draw on the experiences of both performers and translators to explore ways of bringing drama to multicultural and multinational audiences. Examples from India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Singapore are included. Near Fine Paperback. 302 pages. with a bibliography, index and some black and white plates.


Based on documentary research and first hand accounts, the author provides the most comprehensive history to date of the minor, but significant, insurrection that sought to seize control of the Brunei state. The nationalists under the name of the Army of North Kalimantan seized strategic parts of the sultanate and hostages. The revolt was quickly suppressed by British troops from Singapore, who then spent the next few months rounding up the perpetrators. Near Fine Hardback in a New Dust Jacket. First Edition. 222 pages with maps, a bibliography and an index. 


This is an account of a visit to India in 1966 and 1967 by Singapore's first Sikh accountant and his family. His main purpose was to acquaint his family with their Sikh roots in the Punjab, but visits to other places in Northern India are described as well. Very Good Paperback. First Edition. 120 pages with some black and white photographs. 


An account of the famous naturalist's 3000 mile journey across Indonesia to film the largest lizard in the world, known as the Komodo dragon. En route he describes his visit to Bali, Java and Borneo and the animals and peoples encountered there. Very Good Hardback in a Good Dust Jacket. Reprint.  Originally published in 1957. 174 pages with 43 black and white and 3 colour plates.  

A novel set in what is now Indonesia during the Second World War. A European woman takes refuge with a Malay family and marries a Malay. After the war she's repatriated to France where her love is tested. Fair hardback 216 pages.

An authoritative introduction to the works of Geoffrey Bawa, probably Sri Lanka's best known international architect. Besides giving details of Bawa's life and achievements there is a detailed guide of over 40 of his buildings. New Hardback. First Edition. 143 pages with some maps, many colour photographs and suggestions for further reading.


A comprehensive and popular introduction to the history of the country by a professor of history. Updated to the mid 1970s. Good Paperback. Fifth Edition. 208 pages with a bibliography, index and a few black and white plates. 


A collection of papers presented at a 2003 conference in Singapore hosted by the Asia-Pacific Centre for Environmental Law and other Singaporean legal bodies to look at patent law, international environmental law, indigenous rights and traditional knowledge. The contributors were specialists from the Americas, Asia, Australia and Europe. Very Good Paperback. Reprint. 553 pages with an index.