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Before They Get Away - An Uncommon Bunch of Books

Before They Get Away
An Uncommon Bunch of Books

As The Penang Bookshelf's online inventory increases in size, the purpose of this page is highlight books stocked by The Penang Bookshelf which are either difficult to find in Malaysia or elsewhere. Sometimes they'll be difficult to find both inside and outside Malaysia.

The collection includes in print books which are not generally stocked by booksellers, out of print books and rare books. At the time any book is added to this list, The Penang Bookshelf checks the titles against the published inventories of major Malaysian and international booksellers. Of course the situation may subsequently change, i.e. a book that was uncommon becomes uncommon. Sometimes books, common in Malaysia, will be advertised, but The Penang Bookshelf's price is considerably cheaper than it's international competitors.

Where books are on The Penang Bookshelf's advertised inventory, there will be a link to The Penang Bookshelf's main website where prices are in US dollars. Customers living in Malaysia would do best to check out the same book at The Penang Bookshelf's eBay store (you will find the link by clicking on eBay following any relevant link) for free posting within Malaysia or searching for the title at The Penang Bookshelf's mirror website where postage within Malaysia is also free. Where a book has not yet reached The Penang Bookshelf's main websites, the link may be followed by the letters TPS. This link is for a third party website, either Abebooks or Biblio, where the book will be more expensive to take account of commissions. If you want to buy it direct, please contact us.

The list will be built up gradually, so do keep coming back.


Architecture - Historic

 Penang: Through Gilded Doors - Julia de La Bierre and James Bain (Areca, 2010. ISBN: 9789834283421) RM80

Art and Culture

The Media 

"Yasmin You Know How?" - (Leo Burnett Malaysia, 2012 ISBN: 9789671113806) eBay

Cooking and Food


English Language (Post-Independence)

  Malay Language (Post-Independence)

 Ahad - Zakariah bin Salleh (Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka, 1965) eBay



Bongsu Pinang Peribut - Hamisah binti Abdul Hamid (Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka, 1964) eBay


"The Emergency"

The Last Post: Story of The Emergency & Commemorative Events (1948-1960) - R Thambipillay (The Autho, 2011 ISBN: 9789834134013) eBay

Nature & Wildlife

Plants & Trees

Tropical Plants of Malaysia and Singapore - Elizabeth Chan (Periplus Editions, 2000 ISBN:9789625938400) eBay


Mutiara Terpendam: teka-teki bersha'er - Muhammad Abdul Jalil (Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka, 1964) eBay

Regional Matters


History of Kelantan 1890-1940  - (TPS) Shaharil Talib (Malaysian Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society, 2003 ISBN: 9789839961485) RM50 


A History of Selangor  (TPS), 1766 - 1939 - JM Gullick (Malaysian Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society, 2004 ISBN: 9789679948103) RM50 


 Bridge and Barrier: Transport and Communications in Colonial Malaya, 1850-1957 - Amarjit Kaur (Oxford University Press, 1985. ISBN: 9780195825947) eBay