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Monsoon Books

2013 catalogue

About Monsoon Books


Since the release of its first title under the monsoon imprint in June 2004, Monsoon Books has grown to become one of the most exciting and talked-about independent English-language trade publishers of print books and ebooks in Asia. At any one time, its titles may be found on bestseller lists throughout Southeast Asia, as well as in the regions print, television, radio and online media. Monsoon is proud to boast numerous highly respected, top-selling writers in its stable of authors in addition to many exciting up-and-coming writers. Monsoon Books is a Singapore-based independent publisher of fiction (literary and commercial) and nonfiction (biography and autobiography, memoir, true crime, food and wine, travelogues and sexuality). It publishes quality books from outstanding writers from around the world and has many national and regional Southeast Asian bestsellers to its name. Through sublicenses with partners overseas, Monsoons titles are translated into and published in various languages around the world, and several of its books have been optioned for film and have been televised. Although Monsoon Books has now produced more ebooks than print books, it continues to publish print books of exceptional quality for the print market. Monsoons mission is to find new talent and put publishing in Asia at the heart of the literary world.

Contents
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AutobiogrAphy, biogrAphy & MeMoir Praying to the Goddess of Mercy Raffles and the British Invasion of Java Sold for Silver The Boat Malayan Spymaster Youll Die in Singapore In the Footsteps of Stamford Raffles Indiscreet Memories The Golden Chersonese A Servant of Sarawak Singapore Girl Tales from a Broad Stir-fried and not Shaken Country Madness Buffalo & Breadfruit Rice Wine & Dancing Girls Growing up in Trengganu A Map of Trengganu Late Blossom Confessions of a Hostie Jasmine Fever My Thai Girl & I I Will Survive Remembering Josh true CriMe Bali Raw Bangkok Hard Time Escape Escape The Past Nightmare in Bangkok Confessions of a Bangkok Private Eye Thai Private Eye SexuAlity Kuala Lumpur Undercover The Strip Commandments Invisible Trade Invisible Trade II In Lust We Trust Singapore Rebel Red-light Nights, Bangkok Daze Chikan Jakarta Undercover Jakarta Undercover II trAvelogue The Golden Chersonese: Gone Troppo In the Land of Living Dangerously So long! Ill be back in 30 years bueSineSS Increase F&B Sales Property Valuation Staff Selection generAl nonfiCtion Pairing Wine with Asian Food Beyond the Veneer The Great Singapore Quiz 3 3 4 4 4 4 5 5 5 5 6 6 6 6 7 7 7 7 8 8 8 8 9 9

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KidS & young Adult fiCtion Robozonic Iban Dream Monkey Magic Ellie Belly Mister Lees Fantastic Football Dream My Kiasu Teenage Life in Singapore Singapore Horror Stories hiStoriCAl fiCtion Island of Demons The Devils Garden Rogue Raider The Red Thread The Shallow Seas The Hills of Singapore The English Concubine The Devils Pope The Malayan Life of Ferdach OHaney The Rose of Singapore Jaipong Dancer erotiCA Best of Asian Erotica Best of Singapore Erotica Best of Southeast Asian Erotica Hotter than Hades Lucifer Rising In the Shadow of the Devil Voyage of the Demon roMAnCe The Red Thread The Shallow Seas The Hills of Singapore The English Concubine generAl fiCtion Shadow Play Year of the Tiger A Monsoon Feast A Woman of Bangkok And The Rain My Drink The Pioneers The Lies That Build a Marriage Love and Lust in Singapore The Flight of the Swans Locked Out Private Dancer Bangkok Bob and the Missing Mormon Thai Girl Bangkok Free Fall Crime Scene: Singapore Iban Dream Death in the Kingdom Singapore Sling Shot Disorder El desorden Beck And Call Code Shield Chasing the Dragon The Quest for the Penny Black Policemans Lot The Ladys not for Taking The Devils Pope The Elements Cement, Cabbages & Cars 25 25 25 26 26 26 27

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Monsoon is looking for quality manuscripts across all genres with content set in Asia for publication in print and/or digital form. Unsolicited manuscripts with Asian themes are welcomed from agents as well as published and unpublished authors. Please email partial or completed manuscripts and submissions enquiries to: submissions@monsoonbooks.com.sg. Ongoing call for short-story submissions Monsoon Books is looking for individual short stories set in Asia in the genres of literary erotica and crime fiction for publication in two multivolume, multi-author ebook anthology series. For more details, see: www.monsoonbooks.com.sg/call-for-submissions. General submissions guidelines Monsoon only accepts manuscripts by email; it no longer accepts hardcopy submissions. Please attach your manuscript to the email as a Word document, RTF, PDF, EPUB or MOBI file. Please include with your submission an outline of your work, a brief bio and a list of three comparative titles in the market. Agents Monsoon Books regularly works with literary agents and is keen to hear from agents with manuscripts set in Asia as well as manuscripts written by authors from Asia. Manuscript Appraisal Monsoon Books does not offer manuscript appraisal services. Due to the large number of submissions received, it is unable to offer a critique of rejected submissions. There are many specialist manuscript appraisal agencies available, most of which have an online presence and can be found using regular internet searches.

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Raffles and the British invasion of Java


Tim Hannigan
On a hot August afternoon in 1811, an army of 10,000 British redcoats splashed ashore through the muddy shallows off Batavia to conquer the Dutch colony of Java. They would remain there for five turbulent years. Told in full for the first time, this is the story of how the British attempted to bring the full force of European colonialism to a tropical island where Muslim sultans claimed descent from Hindu gods. It is also the story of the man who presided over that attempt Thomas Stamford Raffles, destined for future fame as the founder of Singapore. Drawing on both British and Javanese archive sources, the book explores the bloody battles and furious controversies that marked British rule in Java, and reveals Raffles long celebrated as a hero, a liberal and a visionary, The last colonialist its OK to like in a shocking new light, showing how he crushed dissent, looted palaces and incited massacres to further his own insatiable ambitions. The story of the British Interregnum in Java has never before been told in full, and the book features the dramatic Battle of Batavia, the sinister British expedition to Palembang, the 1812 sacking and looting of Yogyakarta, and various fights between soldiers and civilians, buffaloes and tigers, and Englishmen and Javanese. The crux of the story is the clash between nascent European colonialism, and the old courtly culture of Java. Written in an entertaining and readable style, this narrative history shows how the British had a major influence on the later development of colonial Dutch Java. It was the British who first broke the power of the Javanese courts, introduced opium to Java on a large scale, entrenched the position of Chinese middlemen, set up a strong sense of racial separation and created the concept of extracting maximum agricultural wealth from the island.
Genre: Format: Pub date: ISbn: biogrAphy / nArrAtive hiStory pAperbACK / ebooK nov 2012 (pb) / nov 2012 (e) 9789814358859 (pb) / 9789814358866 (e)

NONFICTION

biography, autobiography & memoir

Raffles and the British Invasion of Java Praying to the Goddess of Mercy Sold for Silver The Boat Malayan Spymaster Youll Die in Singapore In the Footsteps of Stamford Raffles The Golden Chersonese A Servant of Sarawak Indiscreet Memories Singapore Girl Stir-fried and not Shaken I Will Survive Country Madness Buffalo & Breadfruit Rice Wine & Dancing Girls Growing Up in Trengganu A Map of Trengganu Late Blossom Confessions of a Hostie Jasmine Fever My Thai Girl and I Tales from a Broad Remembering Josh

Praying to the Goddess of Mercy: A memoir of mood swings


Mahita Vas
When Mahita was 15, her teacher at Catholic school in Singapore said she could see the devil in her eyes. While growing up, then raising a family of her own, she constantly fought to understand and control this devil inside her. Born to Indian parents in Singapore and raised by a Chinese amah, Mahita Vas struggled to fit into a conservative society where exuberance is frowned upon and conformity is a tradition. She spent a significant part of life feeling different, being different. Throughout her career with Singapore Airlines, then as an advertising industry executive, she led a volatile life sometimes blissfully and enviably contented, at other times wishing she was dead. Mahita enjoyed the roller-coaster world of advertising an industry offering the perfect camouflage for psychosis but after leaving it for a more stable environment she began to suspect the wild ride was in her head and the roller coaster would follow her everywhere. No one, least of all Mahita, suspected she was mentally ill until the day her sister suggested she had inherited Daddys illness. This epiphanic revelation led to a bipolar disorder diagnosis at age 41, followed by a suicide attempt where she narrowly escaped death. Praying to the Goddess of Mercy charts Mahitas journey from chaos to stability. It offers insights into an illness for which there is no known cause, no cure and no immunity. It will inspire and enlighten people with mental disorders and the loved ones who suffer with them. Ultimately, it is about being true to oneself and having the courage to take charge in the pursuit of happiness.
Genre: Format: Pub date: ISbn: MeMoir / Self-help (depreSSion) / pSyChology (MentAl illneSS) pAperbACK / ebooK Sept 2012 (pb) / Sept 2012 (e) 9789814358910 (pb) / 9789814358927 (e)

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Autobiography, biography & memoir / NONFICTION 3

Sold for Silver: An autobiography of a girl sold into slavery in Southeast Asia
Janet Lim
I was looked at, criticized and, after much bargaining, sold for $250. So begins Janet Lims ordeal as a mui tsai, or slave girl, in 1930s Singapore. But this is only the beginning of a remarkable journey, which sees the author freed from child bondage to assume a position of leadership, and obtain true happiness, in later life. After gaining her freedom, Janet is educated by missionaries and serves under colonial tutelage as a nurse. Her misfortunes return, however, when Singapore falls to the Japanese in 1942the ship that she flees Singapore on is bombed and she drifts for days at sea. Rescued by Indonesian fishermen, she is finally captured and imprisoned in Japanese-occupied Sumatra. To avoid becoming a comfort woman Janet escapes into the jungle villages of West Sumatra but is once again caught, and this time tortured by the Japanese military police and threatened with the firing squad. Janets writing is honest, enthralling and inspirational. Despite a horrific childhood and early adult life, Janet is able to find benevolence and even humour in her misfortune. Readers will quickly get caught up in this fascinating narrative [a] compelling story of endurance, faith and friendship Publishers Weekly
Genre: Format: IlluStratIonS: Pub date: ISbn: MeMoir pAperbACK 16 hiStoriCAl b/w photoS deCeMber 2004 9789810517281

Malayan Spymaster: Memoirs of a rubber planter, bandit fighter and spy


Boris Hembry
This is a true story of 1930s Malaysia, of jungle operations, submarines and spies in WWII, and of the postwar Malayan Emergency, as experienced by an extraordinary man. Boris Hembry went out to Malaya as a rubber planter in 1930. Following the Japanese invasion in December 1941 he volunteered for Freddy Spencer Chapmans covert Stay Behind Party and spent a month in the jungle behind enemy lines before escaping by sampan across the Malacca Strait to Sumatra. Hembry returned to Singapore shortly before its surrender then escaped to Java and subsequently to India, where he joined V Force, a clandestine intelligence unit operating in Burma. Hembry was recruited into the Secret Intelligence Service and returned to Sumatra and Malaya several times by submarine on intelligence-gathering missions. He became Head of Malayan Country Section ISLD, liaised with Force 136, and was responsible for the most successful intelligence coups of the war. After WWII, Hembry returned to planting at Sungei Siput, Perak, where the murder of three colleagues on 16 June 1948 signalled the start of the Malayan Emergency. Assuming the leadership of the local planting community, he formed the first Home Guard unit in Malaya, served on district, state and federal security committees, and survived several attempts on his life.
Genre: Format: IlluStratIonS: Pub date: ISbn: MeMoir pAperbACK / ebooK 22 hiStoriCAl b/w photoS And MApS MAy 2011 (pb) / Sept 2011 (e) 9789810854423 (pb) / 9789814358309 (e)

in the Footsteps of Stamford Raffles


Nigel Barley
Born into genteel poverty in 1781, Raffles joined the East India Company at the age of fourteen and worked his way up to become Lieutenant Governor of Java. There he fell in love with all things Javanese and vaunted it as a place of civilization as he discovered himself as a man of science as well as commerce. A humane and ever-curious figure, his administration was a period of energetic reform and boisterous research that culminated in his History of Java in 1817. Personal tragedy and ill-health stalked his final years in the East. Yet, though dying at the early age of 44 and dogged by the hostility of lesser men, he would still find time to found the city-state of Singapore and guide it through its first dangerous years. Here, mythologised by the British and demonised by the Dutch, he is more than a remote founding father and remains a charter for its independence and its enduring values. In this intriguing book, part history, part travelogue, Nigel Barley re-visits the places that were important in the life of Stamford Raffles and evaluates his heritage in an account that is both humorous and insightful. A witty, sprightly and elegantly written book The Sunday Times, UK Alive with curiosity a charming and affectionate book Times Literary Supplement, UK
Genre: Format: IlluStratIonS: Pub date: ISbn: biogrAphy / trAvelogue pAperbACK 16 hiStoriCAl b/w photoS July 2009 (pb) 9789810835347 (pb)

The Golden chersonese: A 19th-century Englishwomans Travels in Singapore and the Malay Peninsula
Isabella Bird
In 1880, Isabella Bird visited the Malay Peninsula romantically dubbed The Golden Chersonese and was still able to refer to it as an almost unknown land. The worlds most famous female travel writer of the nineteenth century set sail from Japan and called at Hong Kong, Canton and Saigon before reaching Singapore. Bearing letters of introduction to the elite of Malacca and Penang, Bird was able to observe life on the west coast of the peninsula before steaming upriver through mangrove swamps to explore the interior of the land. From courtroom to elephant back, from the grandeur of Malaccas Stadthuys to the jungle calm of a picturesque Malay village on stilts, this indefatigable Victorian explorer offers invaluable descriptions and delightful hand-drawn sketches of life in late nineteenth-century Singapore and the Malay Peninsula. Born in 1831, Isabella Bird visited China, Tibet, Japan, Korea, North America, the Pacific, Persia, Morocco and numerous other places, and wrote more than a dozen books about her travels making her one of the most prolific and well-known female travel writers of the nineteenth century. In 1892, Bird was made the first woman fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. She died in 1904.
Genre: Format: IlluStratIonS: Pub date: ISbn: MeMoir / trAvelogue pAperbACK / ebooK 16 hiStoriCAl b/w photoS feb 2010 (pb) / Sept 2011 (e) 9789810844844 (pb) / 9789814358026 (e)

The Boat: Singapore Escape, cannibalism at Sea


Walter Gibson
In 1942 a ship carrying 500 escapees from Japanese-occupied Singapore set sail from Padang for Ceylon. Halfway to safety she was torpedoed and sank. Amidst the horror and confusion, only one lifeboat was launcheda lifeboat built to carry 28 but to which 135 souls now looked to for salvation. For twenty-six days she drifted across the Indian Ocean. For twenty-six days, cannibalism, murder, heroism and self-sacrifice drifted with her. When the lifeboat finally ran aground on the island of Sipora, off Sumatra, only four had survived: two Javanese seamen, a Chinese girl, Doris Lim, and Walter Gibson of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders. The Boat is Walter Gibsons true account of that horrific event. He captures vividly the mental trauma, the physical pain, the decision to kill or be killed but above all, the determination not to die. A chilling story I got goosebumps reading it Lifestyle
Genre: Format: IlluStratIonS: Pub date: ISbn: MeMoir pAperbACK / ebooK 16 hiStoriCAl b/w photoS July 2007 (pb) / Sept 2011 (e) 9789810583019 (pb) / 9789814358958 (e) Genre: Format: IlluStratIonS: Pub date: ISbn:

Youll Die in Singapore: The true account of one of the most amazing PoW escapes in WWii
Charles McCormac
Weakened by hunger, thirst and illtreatment, Charles McCormac, then a WWII prisoner-of-war in Japaneseoccupied Singapore, knew that if he did not escape he would die. With sixteen others he broke out of Pasir Panjang camp and began an epic two-thousand-mile escape from the island of Singapore, through the jungles of Indonesia to Australia. With no compass and no map, and only the goodwill of villagers and their own wits to rely on, the British and Australian POWs escape took a staggering five months and only two out of the original seventeen men survived. Youll Die in Singapore is Charles McCormacs compelling true account of one of the most horrifying and amazing escapes in WWII. It is a story of courage, endurance and compassion, and makes for a very gripping read. An amazing story Library Journal
MeMoir pAperbACK 1 hiStoriCAl b/w MApS MAy 2005 9789810530150 (pb)

indiscreet Memories: 1901 Singapore through the eyes of a colonial Englishman


Edwin A. Brown
Stepping off the SS Hamburg on a moonlit night in January 1901, Edwin A. Brown knew little about his new homethe Straits Settlement of Singapore. Through diary extracts and personal memories, this young Englishman brings to life characters and events in a country few would recognise today. Life for the early settlers was always eventful. Entertainment came in the form of comic operas, visiting circuses, balls at Government House and socialising at the Tingel Tangel dance hall. There were rickshaw strikes, sightings of a sea serpent in the Singapore harbour, Sunday morning horse rides around the Settlement and tigers causing havoc in Chinatown. From the death of Queen Victoria and the coronation of King Edward to the decision by Straits-born Chinese to discard their towchang (queues), readers learn how historical events shaped and affected the society of the day. This book is a treasure trove for anyone interested in Singapore The Straits Times, Singapore
Genre: Format: Pub date: ISbn: MeMoir pAperbACK / ebooK AuguSt 2007 (pb) / Sept 2011 (e) 9789810586911 (pb) / 9789814358200 (e)

A Servant of Sarawak: Reminiscences of a crown counsel in 1950s Borneo


Peter Mooney
In 1953, Peter Mooney, a newly qualified advocate, decided to forsake the stately precincts of Parliament House and the Advocates Library in the historic city of Edinburgh and accept the position of Crown Counsel, Sarawak in far-off Borneo. All thoughts of returning to the elegant world of Edinburgh were soon forgotten, however, as he became immersed in Sarawak and its people. During his time in Sarawak, Peter faced numerous colourful characters in court, from indigenous warriors sporting feathered headdresses and leopards teeth earrings to the equally intimidating David Marshall and Lee Kuan Yew, lawyers who would become, respectively, the first Chief Minister and Prime Minister of Singapore. This captivating memoir records historically important details of Sarawaks indigenous people and colonial life at the time. Dato Dr Sir Peter Mooney is a prominent legal figure in Malaysia and former Vice-President of the Malaysian Bar.
Genre: Format: IlluStratIonS: Pub date: ISbn: MeMoir pAperbACK / ebooK 18 hiStoriCAl b/w photoS July 2011 (pb) / Sept 2011 (e) 9789814358378 (pb) / 9789814358385 (e)

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Singapore Girl: A Memoir


James Eckardt
This is the true story of a long-vanished Singapore and the dangerous carnival known as Bugis Street. After four years of romping around West Africa and the Brazilian Amazon, James Eckardt cut a raffish figure as he stepped off a sailboat at Clifford Pier in Singapore on March 30, 1975, en route from Manila to Jakarta. Little did he know that he would become enchanted by a fun-loving Singaporean nymph named Milly who would take him in hand to explore the exotic wonders of her city. The fun would turn into hopeless love, one Eckardt would desperately chronicle in a 36-hour, drug-laced writing spree and entitle Singapore Girl. The yellowing carbon copy would sit in an envelope for thirty years as the author went on to become Thailands most famous expat writer. And then on December 19, 2004, an email arrived that would lead Eckardt to discover what had happened to the Singapore girl, who, at the time he had loved her, had not technically been female. I was fascinated by Singapore Girl, a love story like no other bizarre and oddly moving Paul Theroux
Genre: Format: Pub date: ISbn: MeMoir pAperbACK / ebooK Aug 2006 (pb) / Sept 2011 (e) 9789810562342 (pb) / 9789814358064 (e)

Stir-fried and not Shaken: A nostalgic trip down Singapores memory lane
Terry Tan
Perhaps more than any other Southeast Asian city, Singapore has seen tumultuous changes that have catapulted this once-sleepy colonial port into a buzzing metropolis. From its humble beginnings, it has emerged with an identity, social lifestyle and language imbued with the most fascinating mix. In Stir-fried and Not Shaken, Singapores favourite cookbook author, TV chef and food writer Terry Tan takes a trip down memory lane offering an intriguing insight into a very different Singapore that existed from the 1940s to 1970s. Resident or visitor, you will be endlessly fascinated by his memoirs that recall funny, familiar and forgotten moments of this forty-year passage. Meet Khan Chia Peh the trishaw man, Muthu the barber, and delight in Grannys flying fox curries. Peel away the decades and discover what it feels like to be stirfried but not shaken. Lap up the mirth of his anecdotal observations, and enjoy memories that would otherwise be relegated to the mists of history.
Genre: Format: IlluStratIonS: Pub date: ISbn: MeMoir pAperbACK / ebooK 17 hiStoriCAl b/w photoS Aug 2008 (pb) / Sept 2011 (e) 9789810807054 (pb) / 9789814423014 (e)

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Buffalo & Breadfruit: Tales of an unwary expat in Malaysia


Martin Bradley

As the writer Martin Bradley unwittingly discovers, there is nothing quite like uprooting yourself from your home of 54 years in suburban, temperate England and transplanting yourself into rural, equatorial Malaysia. Bradley attempts to make a new life for himself in provincial Malaysia, living with poisonous snakes, chicken-killing civet cats, and water buffalo intent on chomping his delicate mango shoots and trampling the saplings he has nurtured for many weeks. The idyll he hopes to find is far from idyllic, his stoicism far from stoic and his temper far from temperate. Follow the hapless author as he undertakes a personal sevenyear journey into a new religion that he is not suited to, a love affair which should never have been and a culture that requires the patience of the saint he is not. It is a humorous seven-year battle with country living, country people and the whole concept of a rural retreat from which, in the end, he must retreat. Martin Bradley was born in London, lived in East Anglia (England), India and Malaysia. He has worked variously as an apprentice bookbinder, street cleaner, dustman, factory machine operator, hospital porter, graphic designer, social worker, exhibition curator and, lastly, writer.
Genre: Format: Pub date: ISbn: MeMoir ebooK June 2012 9789814358750

Growing up in Trengganu
Awang Goneng
Growing Up in Trengganu started life as the much-celebrated blog of Awang Goneng (the pseudonym of UK-based Malaysian writer Wan Hulaimi) until it was found to be too good to exist only in cyberspace. Through a collection of memories retold in glorious colour, he evokes the pleasures of a kampung childhood for the benefit of new generations brought up in air-conditioned condominiums. Listen to the azan call to prayer from the surau of Haji Mat Kerinci, order satay with toast for breakfast, meet notables such as Tun Long the laundry man and Cik Wook Payong Lch, whose umbrella turned inside out in a storm, and relive the pleasure of hearing the rain hammer down on a corrugated-iron roof while reading The Beano and eating kuih putu. Sultans, sweetmeat sellers and shopkeepers all act as springboards as you meander through Trengganu history, and by the end of this book you will have painlessly mastered the Trengganuspeak that foils even fellow Malaysians.

A Map of Trengganu
Awang Goneng
Following the runaway success of Growing Up in Trengganu, Awang Goneng now takes his journey further to map out the town where he was born. This book looks at the terrain of Trengganu, the landmarks that are still standing and those that have fallen to rubble at the hands of developers, the winds that bring chill and change to the inhabitants of his coastal town, and people - the important and the ordinary - who walked the streets and breathed the air that is laced with more than a whiff of dried shrimps, the sweat of toil, the aroma of rojok in Pok Dehs plate, and salt coming in with the spray from the South China Sea. A Map of Trengganu gives a vibrant and extraordinary topography of the land and its people for the uninitiated and for those who are familiar with the terrain and territory. Time does not stand still in Kuala Trengganu as Awang Goneng notes, but it moves at a different pace in every fascia, and then it is gone forever. So who moved the clock tower from the roundabout in the town centre? Youll soon be pondering this important question and many more things that you never knew about Trengganu. Awang Goneng moved from Trengganu to Kuala Lumpur to the UK and he now lives in London as a freelance writer and popular blogger.
Genre: Format: IlluStratIonS: Pub date: ISbn: MeMoir pAperbACK 45 hiStoriCAl b/w photoS 42 hiStoriCAl b/w photoS Sept 2007 (growing up in trenggAnu) Aug 2011 (A MAp of trenggAnu) 9789810586928 (growing up in trenggAnu) 9789810854317 (A MAp of trenggAnu)

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Tales from a Broad: An Unreliable Memoir of an Expat Wife in Singapore


Fran Lebowitz

country Madness: An English country Diary of a Singaporean Psychiatrist


Ong Yong Lock
Country Madness is a delightfully quirky memoir of a Singaporean psychiatrist in rural England that spans five seasons (the fifth season being a Chinese state of mind that might equate to an English Indian Summer). In humorous and insightful prose, Ong Yong Lock describes living in two cultures and belonging to both. He shares his thoughts about his adopted home, his Chinese cultural roots and his attraction to the mysterious Carolyn as well as to pheasants (which he considers a prototype of the Chinese phoenix). The authors musings are further illustrated by a series of paintings he commissioned from a Chinese husband and wife artist couple living in England. These young artists have since become leading lights in the contemporary Chinese art scene and their paintings may be found at the British Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Ashmolean Museum. This very idiosyncratic English country diary is written by a Singaporean psychiatrist with an acute eye for cultural differences as well as the wonderful frailties of the human psyche.
Genre: Format: IlluStratIonS: Pub date: ISbn: MeMoir pAperbACK 12 Colour plAteS July 2010 9789810854324

Rice Wine & Dancing Girls: The real-life drama of a roving cinema manager in Fifties Malaysia & Singapore
Wong Seng Chow
Written in a fast-paced episodic style that pays fitting homage to the blackand-white cinema adventure serials of yesteryear, this is an engaging memoir of the unpredictable (and at times perilous) life of the late Wong Kee Hung, an itinerant cinema manager swept up in the postwar cinema industry boom of 1950s and 60s Malaysia and Singapore. Kee Hungs line of work threw him into contact with a menagerie of characters ranging from movie stars and politicians to gangsters and headhunters. Armed with just a foldable camp-bed and mosquito net, his wanderings took him into unfamiliar and sometimes dangerous territory. This book follows him closely along these journey. The notes and diaries he kept of his adventures were discovered by his son after his death and have been woven into a glorious first person account written from the perspective of Kee Hung himself.
Genre: Format: IlluStratIonS: Pub date: ISbn: MeMoir pAperbACK / ebooK 25 hiStoriCAl b/w photoS oCt 2008 (pb) / nov 2012 (e) 9789810810832 (pb) / 9789814423007 (e)

When a frazzled New Yorker who is mad, bad and dangerous to know lands in Asia, life is never quite the same again for anyone Fran Lebowitz cheerfully admits that she is intergalactically self-absorbed, a little crazy and really, really hard to please just ask her eternally patient and bemused husband, Frank. But when her life in the fast land falls apart again its time for a miracle. Reeling from the worst week of her life, topped off by her most important client stabbing her in the back, Fran realises that shes almost forgotten what her family looks like. She wants out of the rat race and her hectic life as a literary agent and time to be herself, a real wife and mother to her two small children. Good old Frank delivers what seems the answer to her prayers to escape for three months to Singapore while he does some business. But what starts out as a little break and a very big culture shock for all concerned marks the hilarious beginning of the end of the old Fran and a whole new life.
Genre: Format: Pub date: ISbn: MeMoir ebooK feb 2012 9789814358453

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Autobiography, biography & memoir / NONFICTION 7

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Late Blossom: A true story of life, loss and love in war-torn Viet Nam
Laura Lm

Jasmine Fever: confessions of a jaded expat in Thailand


Frank Visakay
When New York chef Frank Visakay traded in the sweaty heat of the restaurant kitchen for the glorious tropical heat of Thailand, he thought he had found paradise. Not only was the lifestyle laid back, the food delicious and the beers chilled but he was even attracting the attention of beautiful Thai women. Or so he thought. With Jasmine Fever, Visakay offers a series of revelations about his and his fellow expatriates relationships with Thai bargirls. And, as we learn from one of the eponymously named stories, perhaps he is looking for love in all the wrong places. Frank Visakay was a former New York chef who called Thailand home.
Genre: Format: Pub date: ISbn: MeMoir pAperbACK / ebooK oCt 2007 (pb) / Sept 2011 (e) 9789810589738 (pb) / 9789814358170 (e)

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i Will Survive: Personal gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender stories in Singapore
Leow Yangfa

Excerpted from Here I Am, an interview with Mohd Ashraff, Singapore (in i Will Survive by Leow Yangfa)
I gladly identify as a gay Indian-Muslim. However, Im not able to openly identify myself as a gay man at work, but I warm up to people pretty easily and when I think they might be more open to diversity, I tell them. I used to be a lot more careful about this, but with age and experience, Ive also become more accepting of what I am and who I am. Religion has always been a focal point in my life. In the past, religion for me was always about the concept of sin; what you could do versus what you could not. For example, a man should marry a woman and have children, as that was the right thing to do. That was what I was taught as a child. I come from a religious family, and my parents put much emphasis on the importance of religion in our lives. From an early age, I started attending regular classes to study the Quran. But as I grew older I began to question a lot more. Looking back, Im glad to have received the religious instruction, as it gave me useful exposure and the chance to look at issues from a different dimension as an adult. I was not always comfortable about my religion and sexuality. In 2004 my grandmother asked if I would accompany her for Umrah, a mini- pilgrimage to Mecca. I was quite taken aback by her suggestion and said no. In my mind, I was thinking, Im gay, and God will not accept me. I thought I was not ready to go on this pilgrimage, but at the same time I also knew that going to Mecca was like an invitation one should not expect or turn down, and not everyone who wanted to go could do so. It took me some time before finally making that decision to go, and eventually I did. Along the way I was filled with much worry and apprehension, about whether God would even embrace me, and whether there would be too many distractions. But somehow everything turned out really well. There were rituals to be performed during the Umrah, and one of them involved walking through the door of forgiveness near the Kaabah. I remember standing there and breaking down in tears, asking God for divine forgiveness. I wanted to know if being gay was the life that He wanted for me, and if so, whether he could bless it. I really wasnt sure if it was the right thing to do at the time, as I recalled all my past failed relationships with men, and wondered if He was doing all that to punish me, because He did not want me to be gay. In my private conversation with God, I asked him many questions about what He was doing. Although it didnt feel like He was talking to me, somehow I knew he was listening. That knowledge was comforting and important to me. Each time I asked, an answer I sought appeared, but they were never simple. Gradually, my initial apprehension turned into joy, as well as feelings of being welcomed and even forgiven by God. There was a moment alone in Mecca where I thought to myself, Here I am! Who would have thought that a sinner like me would have come this far? That pilgrimage was a very personal, spiritual journey for me, where I gained the eventual realisation that He had accepted me. It was an incredibly important turning point in my life, and I thanked God for being there for me. After returning to Singapore , I went on to have relationships with other men, all of which again ended in failure. A few months after that, my mother passed away. I found myself wanting answers from God again, and needing to understand what He really wanted for me. I went for another pilgrimage, this time on my own, without any family members. A few days before I left for Mecca a second time, I met a new man in my life. I remember at the time praying for a relationship where I could settle down, as I felt I was getting old and needed some form of commitment. After I returned from my second pilgrimage, we moved on in our relationship and became partners. We have been together since. Recently weve even formalised our partnership through a civil union, known as the pacte civil de solidarit under French law. To me, its equally important to be accepted by God and to be committed to my relationship.

Late Blossom is a moving true story set during the Viet Nam War about how ordinary people cope with extraordinary circumstances, and how a few, in spite of unimaginable horror and constant fear, somehow manage to reach deep within themselves and survive the despair and dark of night to embrace the hope and light of day. In these pages we are taken into a world where personal insecurity, sudden ruin and the real possibility of torture and violent death are as perfunctorily taken for granted as tomorrows sunrise. We are introduced to a cast of real-life characters caught up in and struggling against the sweeping tides of history. And through the eyes of a most remarkable woman, we come to better understand a most remarkable people and their long fight for freedom. Late Blossom is, quite simply, a beautifully told story of life, loss and love in a war-torn Viet Nam. A journalist and author, Laura Lm explores her experience of growing up in the Mekong Delta and in Sai Gon during the Vietnam War. Laura writes from first-hand war experience, with an understanding that deepens from years of living in the United States, Hong Kong, France, and Singapore.
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I Will Survive brings together real-life experiences of love, grace, faith, dignity and courage from 21 ordinary people who have survived extraordinary circumstances. Prefacing these stories are contributions from 5 local commentators who share their personal reflections on the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender communities in Singapore. They are: Mrs Juliana Toh, Executive Director of Counselling and Care Centre; Reverend Yap Kim Hao, former Methodist Bishop of Singapore; transgender activist Ms Leona Lo; and former Nominated Members of Parliament Ms Braema Mathi and Mr Siew Kum Hong. The book also contains a glossary of the common terms used to describe the diversity within the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender communities, and a listing of relevant community and professional resources in Singapore. Leow Yangfa has spent most of his adult life involved in social services, including a previous job in a large statutory organisation and volunteer work with an HIV/ AIDS group in Singapore, as well as a charity for the homeless in London. He currently works for a voluntary welfare organisation in Singapore. .
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confessions of a Hostie: True Stories of an international Flight Attendant


Danielle Hugh

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My Thai Girl & i: How i found a new life in Thailand


Andrew Hicks

Remembering Josh: Bali, a fathers story


Brian Deegan
Ive not slept for 70 hours or more, walking, watching, waiting, praying for the end of this nightmare from which, at some stage, I must wake. But the reality is beginning to set in and I know only too well that, at least in this life, I shall never speak openly with my son. Never again shall I laugh with him, drink with him, discuss his future or watch him take to the field. So begins a fathers descent into hell. On 12 October 2002 Brian Deegans son Joshua was killed in the terrorist explosion that ripped apart the Sari Club in Balis Kuta Beach. Through grief and anger, this father has gone on a journey no parent should have to take. He has confronted the ghosts of his sons death, challenged the governments version of the truth and fought for the answers nobody wanted to give. Raw and powerful, Remembering Josh cuts to the heart of love and honesty. Nobody reading this book will be left unaffected by it. Brian Deegan is an Adelaide magistrate. He became the very public face for the families affected by the Bali bombings.
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If you have ever wondered what it would be like to be a jet-setting hostie, or international flight attendant, then spending a little time in Danielles life is a captivating journey. You might be surprised and shocked to discover many of the truths behind the lifestyle as well as the incidences and behaviour of passengers at 30,000 feet. Danielle writes candidly, humorously and from the heart about life, love and her exploits around the world. From the slums of Mumbai to the glitz of New York there are as many highs and lows as take-offs and landings. Prepare for a turbulent ride of emotions and adventure, so place your seat upright, fasten your seatbelt and prepare for take-off. Danielle Hughs passion for flying dazzles in this frank and amusing account of jet-setting around the globe. With almost twenty years in a unique working world, her juicy tales are often as shocking as they are colourful.
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This is about how Andrew Hicks met Cat, a Thai girl half his age and how they set up home together in her village out in the rice fields of North Eastern Thailand. Hell tell you of toads in the toilet, of ants eggs for breakfast, how they took up frog farming and how he got married without really meaning to. Its also a book about the countryside, of the old Thailand where the rhythm of the seasons and belief in the spirits and Buddhism remain strong. Though how could Andrew, a greying English lawyer, ever fit into the lives of a Thai rice farming family? Can Cat and Andrew with their many differences really be compatible? If youre curious to know what its like to start a totally new life as Andrew did, to slow down and go with the flow, youll enjoy reading the story of My Thai girl and I. Andrew Hicks first went to Thailand in the late Seventies and in more recent years has travelled extensively throughout the country with backpack and notebook, observing the interaction of Thais and foreign visitors.
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Bali Raw: An expos of the underbelly of Bali, indonesia


Malcolm Scott
Considered one of the worlds most popular holiday destinations, the tropical island of Bali in Indonesia has long been the site for Western fantasies about paradise. Millions of tourists visit the Island of the Gods every year, from families treating the kids to a beach holiday to single men looking for cheap booze and sex. And for many young Westerners and Singaporeans, hardcore partying in Bali has become a rite of passage, but it is not without pitfalls. Bali is a rough place, as dangerous a place as you will ever encounter. What you dont see in the glossy brochures is the rampant prostitution, the prevalence of AIDS, the bloody turf wars waged between local gangs and the drug- and alcohol-induced Western hooliganism. Tourists are robbed, raped and murdered and Westerners get into vicious fights amongst themselves and with Indonesians on a regular basis. In this extraordinary expos, Australian author and Bali resident Malcolm Scott reveals the raw underbelly of Bali. He walks readers down Balis mean streets with honesty, humour and gritty realism and offers up a Bali choking with violent street fights, cheap sex and aggressive crime. Bali Raw is a must-read for anyone who has visited, or is thinking of travelling to, Indonesias Island of the Gods. Australian Malcolm Scott grew up in a rough district of Perth in a family of three boys. When the brothers werent fighting each other they were fighting everybody else. Scott moved to Bali to join his brothers property development business and has lived there for a decade.
Genre: Format: Pub date: ISbn: true CriMe pAperbACK / ebooK MArCh 2012 (pb) / MArCh 2012 (e) 9789814358712 (pb) / 9789814358729 (e)

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Bali Raw Bangkok Hard Time Escape Escape: The Past Nightmare in Bangkok Confessions of a Bangkok Private Eye Thai Private Eye

Bangkok Hard Time: The surreal true story of how a Western teenager came of age in 1960s Bangkok, turned international drug smuggler and walked the prison yards of Thailands notorious Bangkok Hilton
Jon Cole
It is 1967 Bangkok, the Summer of Love, and for teenager Jon Cole, son of a US Green Beret colonel serving in the Vietnam War, life as a young Westerner in the City of Angels is sweeter than mangoes on sticky rice with coconut milk until he is introduced to the infamous House of Lek. Drawn to the underbelly of Bangkok, the International School Bangkok pupil soon discovers ganja, opium and the two-dollar bordellos. What follows is a surreal but true story of one Westerners relationship with Thailand spanning four decades. A drug habit picked up at the House of Lek with schoolmates and GIs on R&R from Vietnam leads to a career as a drug smuggler, a nasty smack habit and, ultimately, a long stretch inside Bangkoks notorious prison, the Bangkok Hilton. At the heart of Jons account of his misspent youth in Thailand and his subsequent life inside Klong Prem prison is a Thai-style acceptance of the consequences of his own karma and a desire to expose the fallacy that Westerners are mistreated in Thai prisons. Born in 1950 in Little Rock, Arkansas, as the eldest son of a US Army officer, the author was raised on three continents from Europe to Asia and over half a dozen American US military posts in between. An award-winning jewellery designer now retired and living in the foothills of Arkansas Ozark Mountains, this is his first publication, which was written specifically as an amends-making exercise and as a tribute to the people of Thailand.

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true CriMe pAperbACK / ebooK 18 b/w photoS oCt 2011 (pb) / oCt 2011 (e) 9789814358323 (pb) / 9789814358330 (e)

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Escape: The true story of the only Westerner ever to escape from Thailands Bangkok Hilton
David McMillan
Klong Prem prison, Thailand. The Bangkok Hilton, where 600 foreigners among the 12,000 inmates of this walled prison city also wait and rot. Among the tragic, ruthless and forgotten, one man resolves to do what no other has done: escape. This is the true story of drug smuggler David McMillans perilous break-out from Asias most notorious prison. From his arrest at Don Muang airport, to awaiting trial inside Klong Prem, he provides an insight into the lives of the British, Australian, American and other Western prisoners as they are destroyed by disease, neglect and despair. Death is their only way out. Two weeks before a near-certain death sentence McMillan escaped, never to be seen in Thailand again.
Genre: Format: Pub date: ISbn: true CriMe pAperbACK / ebooK MAy 2007 (pb) / Aug 2011 (e) 9789810575687 (pb) / 9789814358354 (e)

Nightmare in Bangkok: The incredible true account of survival in a Thai prison


Andy Botts
Andy Botts began his criminal activities as a young car banger in his native Hawaii before graduating to drugdealing and trafficking. After a number of successful and highly lucrative drug runs to Asia (though not without some chillingly close calls), Botts was betrayed by a close associate. Arrested in Bangkoks Don Muang International Airport with 114 grams of heroin in his possession, he narrowly escaped execution by firing squad. But his reprievea prison sentence of life plus two years in Bangkoks most notorious prison, dubbed the Bangkok Hiltonthrew him into a nightmare world where the only rules were no rules. Nightmare in Bangkok is Botts all-too-true account of how he managed to survive this ordeal and emerge a very changed man at the end of a fearsome journey through hell. Born and raised in Hawaii, Andy Botts began his criminal lifestyle as a teenage professional thief. This led to a headline heist in 1977 as well as his introduction to heroin smuggling and addiction. After over a decade of crime sprees, close calls, escapes, and Hawaiian prisons, he was busted for drug-trafficking in Bangkok and faced execution by firing squad. Fortunately, he escaped this fate and survived for almost five years in one of Asias most notorious prisons to tell the harrowing tales recounted here.
Genre: Format: IlluStratIonS: Pub date: ISbn: true CriMe pAperbACK / ebooK 10 b/w photoS oCt 2008 (pb) / July 2011 (e) 9789810813017 (pb) / 9789814358057 (e)

Escape The Past: Living Fast Redefined As Bangkok Hilton Escapee David McMillan opens His Past As A Teenage Drug-Trafficker
David McMillan
In this gripping prequel to Escape: The true story of the only Westerner ever to break out of Thailands Bangkok Hilton, drug smuggler-turned-bestselling author David McMillan tells it from the beginning. Throwing away an expensive education as a teenager then a promising executive career, McMillan hits rock bottom only to shake off the dust from the dirt-floor warehouse that was his home to make his first million dealing drugs before he turned 21. McMillan details his incredible plans to smuggle two tonnes of marijuana from northern Thailand by Learjet, befriend drug-dealing pimps in fishbowl brothels in Bangkok, rig cockfights in Manila with disgraced British peer Lord Moynihan and even transport liquid heroin in a transparent glass statue. Learn the tricks of the smuggling trade as McMillan arms himself and his teams of couriers with dozens of passports and custom-built machines that frustrate border guards for years. Success for McMillan comes at a heavy price as he builds up smuggling rings around the world only to see them repeatedly destroyed. While this true survivor overcomes prison time in half a dozen countries on four continents, the true cost is the lives of almost everyone he holds close. Soon enough the highlife of cash millions, glitzy apartments and commuting by Concorde is shattered as the law catches up with the urban-cool trafficker in Australia. Despite eleven years jail, and release under heavy surveillance, McMillan returns to the only world he knows: the smugglers trail. Ahead lie shiploads of marijuana from Colombia, the opium fields of Afghanistan and death row in both Karachi and Bangkok.
Genre: Format: IlluStratIonS: Pub date: ISbn: true CriMe pAperbACK / ebooK 12 b/w photoS oCt 2011 (pb) / oCt 2011 (e) 9789814358279 (pb) / 9789814358286 (e)

confessions of a Bangkok Private Eye: True stories from the case files of Warren olson
Stephen Leather & Warren Olson
Two-timing bargirls, suspicious spouses and lesbian loversit was all in a days work for Bangkok Private Eye Warren Olson. For more than a decade Olson walked the mean streets of the Big Mango. Fluent in Thai and Khmer, he was able to go where other Private Eyes feared to tread. His clients included Westerners who had lost their heartsand life savingsto money-hungry bargirls. But he had more than his fair share of Thai clients, too, including a sweet old lady who was ripped off by a Christian conman and a Thai girl blackmailed by a former lover. The stories are based on Olsons case files, fictionalised (to protect the innocent, and the guilty) by bestselling author Stephen Leather. Olson has now relocated to his native New Zealand with his Thai wife and daughter, but the agency that he founded is still open for business at www.thaiprivateeye.com. Stephen Leather is one of the UKs most successful print and ebook authors with over thirty books to his name, translated into ten languages. He is the bestselling author of novel Private Dancer, published by Monsoon Books, and two series of books published by Hodder & Stoughton, UK.
Genre: Format: Pub date: ISbn: true CriMe pAperbACK / ebooK July 2006 (pb) / June 2011 (e) 9789810548322 (pb) / 9789814358002 (e)

Thai Private Eye: More adventures from the files of Thailands most famous detective agency
Warren Olson
For more than a decade, the intrepid Warren Olson trawled the mean streets of Bangkok and the lesser-known corners of the Land of Smiles. His brief? To uncover unsavoury truths about Thai bargirl lovers, philandering spouses, insurance fraud and scam artists of various stripes. He was a private eye prying into nooks and crannies few dared to explore and, along the way, he uncovered fascinating secrets of Thais and foreigners engaged in no good. This volumethe follow-up to Stephen Leather and Warren Olsons bestselling Confessions of a Bangkok Private Eyeserves up more juicy portions of what goes on under the veneer in Thailand. It also includes recent cases, where state-of-the-art surveillance devices and other advances in the dark arts of private investigation have made it easier to uncover dirt deep below the surface. This is a book that reads like exciting fiction, with one big difference: every story is true. These chronicles of a decade lived dangerously in the Land of Crooked Smiles will, by turns, entertain, shock, inflame and inform you. Warren Olson worked as a horse trainer in New Zealand and Thailand before becoming the marketing manager at a hotel in northeast Thailand. Not only did the hotel boast eighty local ladies in its massage parlour, but the mafia family who owned it imported Russian prostitutes on the side. Olson then successfully reinvented himself as a private detective and worked the bars and back alleys of Bangkok.
Genre: Format: Pub date: ISbn: true CriMe pAperbACK / ebooK JAn 2009 (pb) / June 2011(e) 9789810810849 (pb) / 9789814358071 (e)

Over 50,000 copies of David McMillans Escape sold worldwide

Once McMillan puts his daring plan into place, the action rips along like a thriller breathtaking stuff News of the World, UK This is one of the worlds most notoriousand remarkableheroin traffickers: Melbourne man David McMillan. Despite still being on the run, McMillan has written a book, Escape, about his amazing breakout in Bangkok The Australian The jailbreak was straight out of a movie The Age, Australia Drug trafficker David McMillan spent two years plotting his escape from a Bangkok jail BBC

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Kuala Lumpur Undercover


Ewe Paik Leong
The first ever expos of the underground sex industry in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Uncovered by field research and interviews, the author, a Malaysian journalist, looks at the services on offer as well as pitfalls and booby traps and how to avoid them. Included are tips from veterans of the Malaysian scene, and the establishments covered range from spas, massage centres and reflexology centres to karaoke lounges, nightclubs, escort agencies and even notorious food courts.

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Ch.1 China Dolls at Food Courts Ch.2 Nightclub Hostesses Ch.3 Spas and Massage Centres Ch.4 Karaoke Lounges Ch.5 Dance Clubs & Pubs
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Ch.6 Social Escorts Ch.7 Shemales on Display Ch.8 College Students and Part-timers Ch.9 Dangdut Lounges and Indian Pubs Ch.10 Reflexology and Urut Batin Centres

Kuala Lumpur Undercover The Strip Commandments Invisible Trade Invisible Trade II Singapore Rebel Red-light Nights, Bangkok Daze Chikan Jakarta Undercover Jakarta Undercover II

SexuAlity / JournAliSM pAperbACK / ebooK nov 2012 (pb) / nov 2012 (e) 9789814423175 (pb) / 9789814423182 (e)

The Strip commandments


Moet Meira
Sales techniques and seduction principles for success as an adult entertainer and how to use those secrets to become a success in anything you set out to do. Adult entertainment is not pornography or prostitution. Adult entertainers do not engage in sex for money, they make their living by selling a fantasy. People from all walks of life can learn to use the selling of this fantasy in order to get ahead. This book is a step-by-step guide to becoming a successful money-making adult entertainer, businessperson and seductress. Author and adult entertainer veteran Moet Meira shows readers how to succeed in anything that they set out to do; whether that goal is to become a success in business, life or in the adult entertainment industry. Ch.1 Re-inventing Yourself: stilettos, thongs, nails, hair & make-up Ch.2 Keep it Hygienic: shaving techniques Ch.3 The Fuck-Me Maintenance Program: the prime-me-for-sex diet Ch.4 Exercise is a Part of Life: yoga, cardio, weights Ch.5 The Attitude: beauty pageants are won in the dressing room, get rejected gracefully, no means yes, familiarity breeds contempt, be happy to be there, attitude towards yourself, pick a mantra, attitude towards others, dogs can smell fear and so can men! Ch.6 The Inner Itch: feeling lazy, feeling old, feeling guilty Ch.7 The Fantasy Girl: slut, girl next door, bitch, lesbian Ch.8 The Moves: shake it, eye contact, body language, the triangle, the art of movement, the chatterbox, the grand entrance Ch.9 The Male Psyche Ch.10 The Mechanics: go go bars, nude bars, gentlemens clubs, the lap dance, private rooms, booths, fees, tipping, the stage, whos who, house mom, wait staff, security Ch.11 The Dos and Donts of Adult Entertainment Ch.12 Hustling on The Strip Club Floor Ch.13 Old Faithful: The Bachelor Party Ch.14 What to do with your Money Ch.15 Lets Call it a Night!

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invisible Trade: High-class sex for sale in Singapore


Gerrie Lim
Singapore is considered an Asian economic miracle and a strategic crossroads, but its position on the map has also garnered bluechip status in the international sex industry. Thanks to the constant influx of business travellers, a floating world exists where beautiful escorts from various countries offer discreet companionship for a price. Writer Gerrie Lim investigated this phenomenon and gained access to the secret world of high-priced sex workers. The result is a series of lucid portraits offering insights into this remarkable area of modern commerce. His subjects are women who are lavishly rewarded with money and gifts, some diverging from the oft-trod path to perform kinky services that include whipping and spanking, others being flown to exotic resorts in the company of men with money to burn. He also enters the shadowy domain of gay male escorts and karaoke hostesses, whose views challenge societal norms and question assumptions made about their career choices. The result is a fascinating work of cultural observation, from the vantage point of an eloquent literary voice.
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invisible Trade ii: Secret lives and sexual intrigue in Singapore


Gerrie Lim
In this sequel to the Singapore bestseller Invisible Trade, journalist Gerrie Lim seeks to unravel and demystify two major aspects of the sex industry in modern Singapore: the secretive double lives led by the beautiful, upscale escorts and the reasons why men habitually need to spend money to pay for sex. Theres the girl who works at a public relations agency by day and moonlights as an escort by night, the karaoke-bar mamasan who deals in wild and wanton girls from mainland China, the American male escort who gets paid by visiting Shanghai socialites for his companionship both in an out of their hotel bedrooms, and the Singaporean university student who freelances as a bondage model. Male customers include the Englishman who went on a rabid sex spree in the red-light district of Geylang following his divorce, and the self-proclaimed diehard sex tourist from Los Angeles who came to Southeast Asia to sample its professional paragons of feminine perfection, finally facing his nemesis among the nightbirds of Singapore.
Genre: Format: Pub date: ISbn: SexuAlity / JournAliSM pAperbACK / ebooK Aug 2008 (pb) / June 2011 (e) 9789810592097 (pb) / 9789814358033 (e)

Red-light Nights, Bangkok Daze: chronicles of sexuality across Asia


William Sparrow
Sexy, entertaining, and thoroughly informative, Red-light Nights, Bangkok Daze is a collection of reports that offers a glimpse into what is enticing, insightful, and possibly unknown about sex in Asia. It looks at the sex scenes and unseens in the usual suspects of Thailand, the Philippines, Hong Kong, and Japan as well as in less obvious countries such as Pakistan, China, Myanmar, Cambodia, and Vietnam. Covering the gamut of love, lust, passion, and pleasure across Asia, these articles offer unique insights into the sometimes shadowy world of the carnal pleasures on offer and the hypocrisies surrounding them. Gathered from the views of unrepentant sexpats, wayward tourists, and the locals themselves, in Red-light Nights, Bangkok Daze, youll find revelations about the varied experiences this huge cast of characters participates in. Succumb to the lights, and weather the daze; youll find yourself exhilarated and waking to a newfound awareness of the complex, interesting and yet confusing world of sex in Asia. Journalist William Sparrow grew up in Chicago and worked in a variety of industries before relocating to Asia in 2002. He became the Editor in Chief of one of Asias leading sexuality websites, Asian Sex Gazette (www.asiansexgazette.com), and began reporting on issues of sexuality from cities across Asia. William has a regular column, Sex in Depth, in Asia Times Online (www.atimes.com).
Genre: Format: Pub date: ISbn: SexuAlity / JournAliSM pAperbACK / ebooK Sept 2008 (pb) / June 2011 (e) 9789810810764 (pb) / 9789814358019 (e)

Jakarta Undercover
Moammar Emka
Prowling the seedy red-light districts, the underground club circuit and the house parties of wealthy Indonesian society, Moammar Emka offers a unique glimpse into the underbelly of modern, urban Jakarta. The book features sex-for-sale in chauffeur-driven SUVs, sashimi sex, desperate housewives, scissorless barbershops, nude casinos and many other bizarre offerings of the flesh. When it comes to providing unlimited sexual services, Jakartathe worlds fourth largest city, and the capital of the worlds largest Muslim countrynever seems to run out of sexual gasoline. This is the book that took Indonesia by storm. Moammar Emka is the male equivalent of Carrie Bradshaw; this is Sex and the City Indonesian-style!
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Jakarta Undercover ii
Moammar Emka
After the enormous success of Jakarta Undercover, Moammar Emka is back with more on the seedy nightlife and underground sex services of modern, hip Jakarta. Delving deep into the citys karaoke clubs, massage parlours and transit hotels, the author takes it upon himself to experience first-hand the tasty delights on offer and what exactly they involve. What is a cat-bath massage? Who are the Mickey Mouse girls? How much does an all-night gigolo really cost? How popular is the after-lunch hand-roll service? From swingers parties to midnight lesbian packages, Jakarta seems to have it all when it comes to sexual services. And if you thought the first book was explosive, Jakarta Undercover II will leave your imagination running wild..
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Praise for Gerrie Lims Invisible Trade series: At last, after 30 years of my avoiding the city-state, this book restores my faith in the Singapore character and gives me reasons to return Paul Theroux, author Frank, fascinating, weird and unputdownable! Harpers Bazaar, Singapore Lims ability to capture the essence of his subjects makes for engaging reading The Business Times

in Lust We Trust: Adventures in adult cinema


Gerrie Lim
Intrepid journalist and bestselling author Gerrie Lim invites you to join him on an unusual road trip, through his adoptive home town of Los Angeles, California, and its deceptively suburban San Fernando Valleythe ground-zero of the ever-booming, US$12-billion American porn industry. His chronicle spans a ten-year cycle, during which he interviewed adult-film superstars like Jenna Jameson, Jill Kelly and Silvia Saint, shared with Asia Carrera and Annabel Chong mutual thoughts on being Asian in a largely nonAsian field, and filed reportage from film shoots as the Cinema Blue columnist for Penthouse Variations as well as stories about adult Internet technologies as the International Correspondent for AVN Online.
Genre: Format: Pub date: ISbn: SexuAlity / MeMoir pAperbACK / ebooK MAy 2006 (pb) / June 2011 (e) 9789810553029 (pb) / 9789814358125 (e)

Singapore Rebel: Searching for Annabel chong


Gerrie Lim
1995 Los Angeles. Singaporean pornstar Annabel Chong took cultural rebellion to an extreme, on terms that had never been negotiated before. She was filmed having sex with a long receiving line of men, servicing them 251 times over a ten-hour period to set a new world record. While this was recorded as The Worlds Biggest Gangbang, and later scrutinized in the documentary film Sex: The Annabel Chong Story, many of its actual participants were completely clueless as to the significance of such history being made. Now, Annabels longtime friend and confidante Gerrie Lim revisits those events and re-examines those scenarios to shed new light on her legend, to discover why such an enduring curiosity about her exists and to learn why she is still regarded in her own native Singapore as something akin to a mythological figure and an urban legend.
Genre: Format: Pub date: ISbn: SexuAlity / biogrAphy pAperbACK / ebooK April 2011 (pb) / April 2011 (e) 9789814358132 (pb) / 9789814358149 (e)

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chikan: True accounts from victims and perpetrators of train molest in Tokyo
Mico Keplar

Although one of the worlds politest societies, Japan faces a peculiar social problem in the form of chikan, or molestation on public transport. The perpetrators are invariably men, the victims women and the most favoured setting crowded commuter trains. Millions of Japanese commute to work by train and bus and these crowded environments have let to a scenario of women being molested, groped and rubbed against on a regular basis. So widespread is it that there is even an internet following of chikan who post videos of their exploits online. In this fascinating and bizarre work, Japanese-speaking author Mico Keplar interviews Japanese and non-Japanese female victims as well as Japanese and non-Japanese male perpetrators of chikan in Tokyo and beyond in order to bring this under-reported social oddity to the eyes of the world.
Genre: Format: Pub date: ISbn: SexuAlity / JournAliSM ebooK nov 2012 9789814423212

Moammar Emka is an entertainment journalist and a familiar face on the celebrity circuit in Indonesia. He is a freelance writer and columnist for many of Indonesias most popular magazines and newspapers. The subject matter of Emkas journalism is all the more unusual due to his background growing up in, and receiving his education at, Islamic religious schools.

Over 500,000 copies sold worldwide in English and Indonesian!

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Sexuality / NONFICTION 17

The Golden chersonese: A 19th-century Englishwomans Travels in Singapore and the Malay Peninsula
Isabella Bird
In 1880, Isabella Bird visited the Malay Peninsula romantically dubbed The Golden Chersonese and was still able to refer to it as an almost unknown land. The worlds most famous female travel writer of the nineteenth century set sail from Japan and called at Hong Kong, Canton and Saigon before reaching Singapore. Bearing letters of introduction to the elite of Malacca and Penang, Bird was able to observe life on the west coast of the peninsula before steaming upriver through mangrove swamps to explore the interior of the land. From courtroom to elephant back, from the grandeur of Malaccas Stadthuys to the jungle calm of a picturesque Malay village on stilts, this indefatigable Victorian explorer offers invaluable descriptions and delightful hand-drawn sketches of life in late nineteenth-century Singapore and the Malay Peninsula. Isabella Bird visited China, Tibet, Japan, Korea, North America, the Pacific, Persia, Morocco and numerous other places, and wrote more than a dozen books about her travels making her one of the most prolific and well-known female travel writers of the nineteenth century. In 1892, Bird was made the first woman fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. She died in 1904.
Genre: Format: IlluStratIonS: Pub date: ISbn: MeMoir / trAvelogue pAperbACK / ebooK 16 hiStoriCAl b/w photoS feb 2010 (pb) / Sept 2011 (e) 9789810844844 (pb) / 9789814358026 (e)

in the Land of Living Dangerously: Bali, Borneo & Beyond


Jay Cowan

New

NONFICTION

travelogue

The Golden Chersonese Gone Troppo In the Land of Living Dangerously So Long! Ill be back in 30 years

In this adventure travelogue, author Jay Cowan explores myriad issues experienced during his travels in the Indonesian archipelago from culture and history to politics and anthropology, from exotic endemic wildlife and huge environmental challenges to one-on-one encounters with volcanic eruptions, earthquakes and tsunamis, the natural disasters that keep the region in the news. Cowan and his wife climbed 13,500-foot Mount Kinabalu, took river trips deep into the interior of Borneo, were on-site for the huge eruptions of Mount Merapi volcano in Java, got a close-up view of Indonesias infamous corruption in Bali and witnessed radical Islamic terrorist activities that have rocked the region all while trying to avoid getting bird flu, dengue fever, malaria, Bali belly and a variety of other brutal tropical diseases. As well as getting up close and personal with Indonesias famous Komodo dragons, the author tracked down other seriously endangered species in their native habitats including orangutans, pygmy elephants, tarsiers, giant yellow-lipped clams, proboscis monkeys, mouse deer and several dozen more imperiled species of animals and birds.
Genre: Format: IlluStratIonS: Pub date: ISbn: trAvelogue ebooK 23 Colour photoS MAy 2012 9789814358767

Gone Troppo: Hot Babes. Warm Weather. cold Beer. Paradise!


Stu Lloyd
Tropical = Paradise, right? Wrong! Travel writer Stu Lloyd simply wanted to enjoy seamless sunshine, frolic in azure waters with dusky maidens, and drink chilled beers in exotic climesall at the publishers expense. Too much to ask? Apparently so In this riotous romp through The Tropics, Stu often finds more Purgatory than Paradise, more Hell than Heaven. He is pick-pocketed in India, gets becalmed in the pirate-infested waters of Malaysia, bribes an over-zealous policeman in the Philippines and is hospitalised with dengue fever in Singapore. He swims with sharks off Costa Rica, and discovers a new breed in Thailand: Koh Samui is home to three types of sharks: black-tip reef sharks, leopard sharks and German property developers. But none of this curbs his passion for The Tropics. Or cold beer. So lie back in a deckchair, put on your sunscreen and join Stu in this quirky quest for Paradise as he swims, hikes, dives, rides and sails his way through Durban, Langkawi, Koh Samui, Singapore, the Philippines, Delhi and Goa, Tijuana, Costa Rica and Rarotonga. And dont forget to keep the fluids up!
Genre: Format: Pub date: ISbn: trAvelogue pAperbACK / ebooK MArCh 2006 (pb) / June 2011 (e) 9789810548339 (pb) / 9789814358347 (e)

So long! ill be back in 30 years


Margo McCutcheon

New

In So Long! Ill Be Back in 30 Years, author Margo McCutcheon takes readers on a 30-year journey through Asia and an array of bizarre characters, adventures, disasters and life-changing encounters. Open the book randomly and step into the life of a Filipino girl living and thriving in a city dump, an Aussie retiree dwelling in a Sinai desert cave, a 50-something married American woman living in Malaysia who discovers shes gay, and a unique assortment of locals and expatriates calling Asia home. Join the author as she experiences life in remote places from Bangladesh to Borneo, cheats death in the Himalayas, encounters high-living on the international aid circuit, and survives landslides, tsunamis and more. Part-memoir, part-mishap and adventure, this book places readers directly into situations celebrating the weird and wonderful that is Asia.
Genre: Format: Pub date: ISbn: trAvelogue ebooK MAy 2012 9789814358767

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increase F&B Sales: Secrets to Boost Profits


Eric Alagan

New

Staff Selection: Secrets to Employ the Best People


Eric Alagan

New

NONFICTION

business

Increase F&B Sales Staff Selection Property Valuation

Increase F&B Sales is a book for managers and owners of F&B outlets. Escalating costs cut into profits. This leads some F&B operators to raise prices, reduce portions, drop quality or resort to a combination of all three. A more effective and sustainable strategy to drive bottom line is to exploit the sometimes overlooked potential within their organisations the waitstaff. The waitstaff spends the most time with diners and is in a position to build rapport with customers and many do. This bond is a powerful tool enticing and encouraging customers to return and motivates your staff to do better and stay with you. It grows sales. This strength is something your competitor will find hard to surmount and a true win-win-win situation for you (the business operator), your staff and your customers. The danger is when that waitstaff leaves and the familiar face gone. There is a probability the customer might also be lost but there are ways to circumvent this risk.
Genre: forMAt: Pub date: ISbn: buSineSS ebooK deC 2011 9789814358613

Employee Capability Factor Do you know what that means? How do you identify an employees Capability Factor, How do you determine your teams Capability Factor, How do you maintain or better still improve your teams Capability Factor? These are some of the questions that Staff Selection addresses. The book assumes no prior knowledge or training in Human Resource and takes you by the hand to develop your very own Human Resource Manual in the process of Staff Recruitment, Selection, Interview Techniques and Probation. The book is filled with dozens of worked examples, sample forms and letters that all you have to do is to simply insert your company letterhead and use.

Genre: Format: Pub date: ISbn:

buSineSS ebooK deC 2011 9789814358095

Property Valuation: Secrets of the Roman Decision Model


Eric Alagan

New
Eric Alagan has more than 35 years of international business experience in the areas of aerospace MRO, security consultancy and services, trading and logistics and supply chain. He has held several progressive positions in multinational corporations and last held the position of managing director, Asia Pacific for a European aerospace company. He has been involved in several green field start-ups, mergers and acquisitions. Eric has managed companies in Singapore and Australia with extensive experience in ASEAN, the Indian sub-continent and the Pacific islands. He holds several engineering qualifications, a business degree from Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and a masters degree in logistics and supply chain from University South Australia. He currently undertakes business consultancy work, writes novels and self-help books for entrepreneurs under the Micro Mouse Business Series.

Ignore affordability and focus on fair value why pay a $1 million just because one can afford it when the property is worth only $750,000.00? This guide helps you value property consistently and objectively using five critical parameters: 1. Return on Investment how much money you ought to receive for the money you pump in as deposits and top-up factors in mortgage rate changes. 2. Value your property based on market size how many buyers/ sellers are competing with you translated into rental returns including periodic rental increases. 3. Calculate the full income/benefits of your property based on tenure the longer the tenure, the more overall income but how long a tenure (hint not the 99 years). 4. Factor in your risk appetite which changes with time from marriage, with children, empty nest/retirement. 5. Finally, dont forget the time value of money a dollar today is worth less in 10 or even 5 years hence determine this now, today before you sign on the dotted line. The handbook also helps you to empirically factor in and trade off subjective elements such as (for example): home near office vs near shopping, transport and other amenities; proximity to schools vs grandparents; good facing/feng shui vs price; and other attributes that you prefer. A must-read book before committing to buy/sell/ hold property worth hundreds of thousands and even millions of dollars.
Genre: Format: Pub date: ISbn: buSineSS ebooK deC 2011 9789814358088

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Pairing Wine with Asian Food


Edwin Soon
Dining out on dim sum and looking for the perfect wine to accompany your meal? Wondering which bottle to uncork when serving up Thai? In Pairing Wine with Asian Food, oenologist, wine judge, and wine writer Edwin Soon explores the most important theories of matching wine and Asian cuisine. Discover hundreds of inspired food and wine marriages from Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar (Burma), Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Vietnam, as well as from Burgher, Eurasian, and Nyonya cuisines. Also featured is a special section on matching wine by occasion, such as an Asian finger food party or barbecue, or by type, such as curries, vegetarian dishes or seafood. Imagine serving a crisp, tangy aged Riesling with a steamed river fish with ginger, soy, and chili, or a peppery California Zinfandel with succulent Chinese barbecued pork ribs. For sheer indulgence, savour Hainanese chicken rice with lashings of chili, ginger, and sweet soy and a glass of Sauternes surely a match made in heaven. Whether youre a wine lover or new to the subject, this book encourages you to have fun and experiment for there is no reason why you cant enjoy wine with all your favourite Asian dishes. Edwin Soon has picked grapes, worked as a cellar rat, and made wine in Australia, USA, and France. An oenologist by training, he juggles many roles, including organizing wine competitions and sitting on several international wine judging panels. Edwin is also a wine educator and wine writer. Edwin has been featured on National Public Radios The Splendid Table in America and he is the author of The Wines of France and co-author of Wine with Asian Food: New Frontiers in Taste.
Genre: Format: Pub date: ISbn: food & drinK pAperbACK / ebooK MArCh 2009 (hC) / June 2012 (e) 9789810592134 (hC) / 9789814358941 (e)

NONFICTION

general

Pairing Wine with Asian Food Beyond the Veneer The Great Singapore Quiz

Well presented, well researched and well written I strongly recommend this book James Halliday, author of James Halliday Australian Wine Companion Millions of people will appreciate this book, which opens a new dimension to the enjoyment of wine. It marries cultures and cuisines with commonsense and experience Jeremy Oliver, author of The Australian Wine Annual You love wine. You love Asian food. But you have always been worried how to put the two together. This thoughtful, original and elegantly produced book shows you how. Thoroughly recommended Clive Coates MW, author of The Wines of Burgundy and Cte dOr

Beyond the Veneer: Malaysias struggle for dignity and direction


Ioannis Gatsiounis
The 2008 elections in Malaysia saw the ruling coalition, Barisan Nasional, suffer its worst showing since independence, balancing political power and bringing hope of a more progressive, democratic future. No one expected such a show of support for the untested opposition and a show of dissent against the entrenched coalition government. Beyond the Veneer: Malaysias struggle for dignity and direction is a comprehensive and timely account of how Malaysia reached this pivotal turning point in the nations history, and what the future holds for the country, its leaders and its people. In it Kuala Lumpurbased journalist Ioannis Gatsiounis presents a collection of his published articles from a range of publications, including Asia Times, Newsweek, The Washington Times, and Al Jazeera, offering readers a fascinating look at current socio-political events in Malaysia. This book is essential reading for anyone wishing to understand this promising nation at the crossroads and the key issues that will shape its future.
Genre: Format: Pub date: ISbn: politiCS pAperbACK / ebooK July 2008 (pb) / June 2011 (e) 9789810806576 (pb) 9789814358194 (e)

The Great Singapore Quiz: More than 2,000 questions about Singapore
Packed with 2,000 questions (and answers), The Great Singapore Quiz is a must for all trivia addicts. With ten different subjects to choose from, test your all-round knowledge and earn bonus points with celebrity-endorsed questions. How much do you really know about Singapore, the place you call home? What is the oldest foreign bank still operating in Singapore, having opened here in 1858? Which Hokkien expression meaning sapping strength is used to describe a minor catastrophe? Which local organisation was responsible for setting up the first World Toilet Summit in 2001? What is the key ingredient in foo yong hai? How many gates make up the Marina Barrage? What is the most valuable horse race to be run in Singapore?
Genre: Format: Pub date: ISbn: Quiiz / generAl Knowledge pAperbACK MAy 2008 9789810592103

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Robozonic: into the Goal!


Caline Tan

New

Monkey Magic 1: The curse of Mukada


Grant S. Clark
What on earth is causing the orangutans of Mukada Nature Reserve to fall sick and head to the coast? Romy Alexanderon a visit to Borneo with her scientist fatherisnt convinced by the park wardens explanation that overcrowding is the cause of the problem. The 11-year-old soon discovers she has acquired extraordinary powers to investigate the mystery that brings her face to face with dark forces threatening the creatures of the rainforest. In a captivating and moving adventure, Romy comes to realise that she alone can help break a curse that has brought suffering to generations of orangutans.
Genre: Format: Pub date: ISbn: 8-12 yrS pAperbACK feb 2009 9789810810771

FICTION

kids & young adult fiction

Watch out! Tons of cockroaches have invaded school! Mabel knows Robozonic may have an idea or two about driving the pests away, but where is it? Unfortunately, Robozonic in the hands of her classmate, Ming Cai, who has playfully claimed it as his own. The only way Mabel can get Robozonic back is to beat Ming Cai at a soccer match. With the competition happening in a few days time, Mabel needs to learn some moves, fast! Caline Tan left her teaching job to devote more time to her two children, but continues to stay connected with kids through her stories.
Genre: Format: Pub date: ISbn: 7-10 yrS ebooK Aug 2012 9789814423069

Robozonic Iban Dream Monkey Magic, Vols.1, 2 & 3 Ellie Belly, Vols.1, 2, 3 & 4 Mister Lees Fantastic Football Dream My Kiasu Teenage Life in Singapore Singapore Horror Stories

iban Dream
Golda Mowe

New

Monkey Magic 2: The Great Wall Mystery


Grant S. Clark
On a visit to the Great Wall of China, Romy spots a troop of monkeys that resemble a rare breed from South America. What could they be doing on the Great Wall? Romy and her young Chinese friend, Pei, do some snooping around and discover an illegal animal trafficking operation in the heart of Beijing. Will they be able to save the monkeys or will they themselves end up as victims?
Genre: Format: Pub date: ISbn: 8-12 yrS pAperbACK oCt 2010 9789810861322

Orphaned as a young boy in the rainforests of Borneo, Bujang is brought up by a family of orangutans, but his adult future has already been decided for him by Sengalang Burong, the Iban warpath god. On reaching adulthood, Bujang must leave his ape family and serve the warpath god as a warrior and a headhunter. Having survived his first assignment to kill an ill-tempered demon in the form of a ferocious wild boar subsequent adventures see Bujang converse with gods, shamans, animal spirits and with the nomadic people of Borneo as he battles evil spirits and demons to preserve the safety of those he holds dear to him. But Bujangs greatest test is still to come and he must rally a large headhunting expedition to free his captured wife and those of his fellow villagers. In this unique work of fantasy fiction, author Golda Mowe herself an Iban from Borneo uses real beliefs, taboos and terminology of the Iban (a longhouse-dwelling indigenous group of people from Borneo who, until very recently, were renowned for practising headhunting) to weave an epic tale of good versus evil. Born and raised in Sarawak on the island of Borneo to an Iban mother and Melanau father, Golda Mowe has always been interested in the culture and traditions of Borneos indigenous people. After graduating from university in Japan and enduring ten years of corporate life, the author found herself yearning for childhood evenings spent in the longhouse, sitting in a pool of lamplight, listening to her great-aunt tell tales of jungle animals or her father recount his hunting adventures. In this way she was led back to writing and is now living in Sibu, a town on the Rejang River in Sarawak, where she expends large portions of her time researching ideas for books and short stories.
Genre: Format: Pub date: ISbn: young Adult / fAntASy fiCtion ebooK MAy 2012 9789814358804

Monkey Magic 3: The Ghostly Thieves of New York


Genre: Format: Pub date: ISbn: 8-12 yrS pAperbACK MAr 2013 9789814423250

A beautifully written tale of good vs evil that will inspire its readers to join the fight to save the orangutan and help save the earth, too! National Geographic Kids My son loved this book and is even more inspired to become a Wildlife Warrior! Terri Irwin A gripping adventure with an important message Jeremy Strong, bestselling childrens author A super book! Please buy it, treasure it in your library and share its message with your family David Bellamy, television presenter, conservationist and writer

Kids & young adult / FICTION 25

New

New

New

Mister Lees Fantastic Football Dream


PJ Roberts & Marc Roberts

Singapore Horror Stories 1


Loo Si Fer
Singapore Horror Stories is a series of kids and young adult horror fiction currently extending to 7 volumes that is set in Singapore but which contains many universal horror themes and features a plethora of vampires, ghosts, murderers and demons. Each volume contains about ten short stories and/or letters from readers. Loo Si Fer is the pseudonym of an award-winning author and the language used in the books is intended to build English vocabulary. More titles in this series are currently in production. Contents: Pradeeps Garden My Mother is a Vampire Head of the Class Little Boy Bad Sandmans Corpse The Wisdom Tooth Cold Blood Chicken Feed Almost Promise from the Other Side
Genre: Format: Pub date: ISbn: young Adult / horror ebooK feb 2012 9789814358804

Singapore Horror Stories 4


Loo Si Fer
Fathers Spirit The Visitors Builder of Tomorrow Ghosts of Granite Island Shophouse Curse New Home Blues Ghost in the Sky Talisman Next Course The Invisible Private Yassin
ISbn: 9789814358545 (ebooK)

New

New

Lee Teng is a young Singaporean who loves football and grows up in an HDB block in Bedok. Teng dreams of scoring the winning goal in front of a massive crowd in Europe, which is chanting his name: Mister Lee. This heartwarming book for young adults follows the adventures of the young Lee Teng as he overcomes hardships at home and school to pursue his passion of football. He trains with Geylang United, is selected for the youth national team against Australia, falls in love with the daughter of his Indian coach and starts his national service. Will he fulfil his ambition of playing football in Europe and scoring the winning goal in front of a massive crowd? Australian national and Singapore permanent resident PJ Roberts is a former professional soccer player, having played professionally in Australia, USA, Malaysia (Sarawak) and Singapore (Geylang United). He is a familiar face on television in Asia in his role as pundit on regional soccer shows. Lawyer-turned-writer Marc Roberts is as mad about sport as his brother PJ and he enjoys writing stories about footballing heroes, true or fictional.
Genre: Format: Pub date: ISbn: young Adult / SoCCer pAperbACK / ebooK oCt 2012 (pb) / oCt 2012 (e) 9789814358873 (pb) / 9789814358880 (e)

Singapore Horror Stories 5


Loo Si Fer
The Shadow One Less for Dinner Apartment Number 999 Television Man School Lunch Rotisserie My Darling Pontianak Operation The Pit The In Door
ISbn: 9789814358552 (ebooK)

Ellie Belly 1: Follow that Bird!


Eliza Teoh
I am Ellie Belly. I am 7 years old. I am in Class 1J. My best friend is Cammy. I LOVE to doodle in class when Teacher is not looking. And my BIG secret is this: I can talk to animals! Really! One day, I hear a cry for help! It is a sunbird and she is in big, big trouble! I have to help Sunbird! But first, I have to find a way to sneak out of class without Teacher or that pesky Megan noticing! Ellie Belly: Follow that Bird!, the first book in the Ellie Belly series, is packed with fun facts about sunbirds and other feathered friends! What is a sitting duck? Do you ruffle peoples feathers? Look inside to find out what these birdy idioms mean!
Genre: Format: Pub date: ISbn: 7-10 yrS ebooK June 2012 9789814358941

My Kiasu Teenage Life in Singapore


Ee Lin See Armed with a copy of The Fine Art of Flirting, a stash of dirty books and a precocious attitude, fifteenyear-old Pei Yi leaves her sheltered life in small-town Malaysia to accept an ASEAN scholarship at a secondary school in competitive some might say kiasuSingapore. Not since Adrian Mole have the growing pains of a geeky teenager been so painfully exposed to the rest of us!
In My Kiasu Teenage Life in Singapore author Ee Lin See weaves a charming tale of teenage angst and exposes the lighter side of Singapore into the bargain. A great read for adults and teens alike.
Genre: Format: Pub date: ISbn: young Adult ebooK MAy 2012 9789814358606

Singapore Horror Stories 2


Loo Si Fer
The Bogeyman Sanctuary Tree The Cell A Long Life Encounter with Grandma Tears of the Rain Tree River Girl The Ghosts of the Sunset Hotel From Beyond the Grave The Case of the Black Flower
ISbn: 9789814358521 (ebooK)

Singapore Horror Stories 6


Loo Si Fer
The Poker Player With this Ring Fire, Fire, Burning Bright Occupied Sleepwalker One Last Gasp Vanished Death at Sea The Last Boat Face in the Door
ISbn: 9789814358569 (ebooK)

Ellie Belly 2: cats out of the Bag


Pub date: ISbn: Aug 2012 (ebooK) 9789814423281

Singapore Horror Stories 3


Loo Si Fer
The Devils Blade Ghost at my Door Jasmine House Fangs Mummy Loves You Pins and Needles One Night in June Green Warrior The Adventure 333The God Number
ISbn: 9789814358538 (ebooK)

Singapore Horror Stories 7


Loo Si Fer
Seeing is not Believing Dead Mans Corner Vacancy Ghouls and Boys Come Out to Play Graveyard Shift Hungry Times Mail-order Bride The Last Present Ink The White Floor
ISbn: 9789814358576 (ebooK)

Ellie Belly 3: Turtle Trouble


Pub date: ISbn: Aug 2012 (ebooK) 9789814423045

Ellie Belly 4: A Little Bit Batty


Pub date: ISbn: Sept 2012 (ebooK) 9789814423168

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Kids & young adult fiction / FICTION 27

island of Demons
Nigel Barley
Many men dream of running away to a tropical island and living surrounded by beauty and exotic exuberance. Walter Spies did more than dream. He actually did it. In the 1920s and 30s, Walter Spies ethnographer, choreographer, film maker, natural historian and painter transformed the perception of Bali from that of a remote island to become the site for Western fantasies about Paradise and it underwent an influx of foreign visitors. The rich and famous flocked to Spies house in Ubud and his life and work forged a link between serious academics and the visionaries from the Golden Age of Hollywood. Charlie Chaplin, Noel Coward, Miguel Covarrubias, Vicki Baum, Barbara Hutton and many others sought to experience the vision Spies offered while Margaret Mead and Gregory Bateson, the foremost anthropologists of their day, attempted to capture the secret of this tantalizing and enigmatic culture. Island of Demons is a fascinating historical novel, mixing anthropology, the history of ideas and humour. It offers a unique insight into that complex and multi-hued world that was so soon to be swept away, exploring both its ideas and the larger than life characters that inhabited it.
Genre: Format: Pub date: ISbn: hiStoriCAl fiCtion pAperbACK / ebooK Aug 2009 (pb) / nov 2011 (e) 9789810823818 (pb) / 9789814358316 (e)

Rogue Raider: The Tale of captain Lauterbach and the Singapore Mutiny
Nigel Barley
It is the First World War and Julius Lauterbach is a German prisoner of war in the old Tanglin barracks of Singapore. He is also a braggart, a womaniser and a heavy drinker and through his bored fantasies he unwittingly triggers a mutiny by Muslim troops of the British garrison and so throws the whole course of the war in doubt. The British lose control of the city, its European inhabitants flee to the ships in the harbour and it is only with the help of Japanese marines that the Empire is saved. Rogue Raider is the adventure story of how one ship, the Emden, tied up the navies of four nations and how one man eluded their agents in a desperate yet hilarious attempt to regain his native land. It is fictionalised history but a true history that was deliberately suppressed by the authorities of the time as too embarrassing and dangerous to be known. Revealed here, it brings vividly to life the Southeast Asia of the period, its sights, its sounds and its rich mix of peoples. And through it an unwilling participant in the war becomes an accidental hero.
Genre: Format: Pub date: ISbn: hiStoriCAl fiCtion pAperbACK / ebooK Aug 2006 (pb) / nov 2011 (e) 9789810559496 (pb) / 9789814358262 (e)

FICTION

historical

Island of Demons Rogue Raider The Devils Garden The Red Thread The Shallow Seas The Hills of Singapore The English Concubine The Devils Pope The Rose of Singapore The Malayan Life of Ferdach OHaney Jaipong Dancer

The Devils Garden: Love and war in Singapore under the Japanese flag
Nigel Barley
Gardens are magical places images of Nature and Culture, models of paradise, spaces where plants live in war and peace, co-operation and competition. It is 1942 and Singapore is Syonanto, part of the Japanese Empire, where violence and starvation stalk the streets but in the Singapore Botanic Gardens a bizarre tranquillity reigns between warring nations and even love awakes as old identities melt away in the heady atmosphere of the Orchid House. From its unique perspective and with a mixture of humour and romance, The Devils Garden pictures a formative moment in the emergence of Singapore, where loyalties are less secure than those of the official histories and truth is anything but simple. Love and war in Singapore under the Japanese flag.

Nigel Barley is the author of more than ten books with Penguin, Time Warner and Little,Brown. He originally trained as an anthropologist and worked in West Africa, spending time with the Dowayo people of North Cameroon. He survived to move to the Ethnography Department of the British Museum and it was in this connection that he first travelled to Southeast Asia. After forays into Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Japan and Burma, Barley settled on Indonesia as his principal research interest and has worked on both the history and contemporary culture of that area. After escaping from the museum, he is now a writer and broadcaster and divides his time between London and Indonesia.

Genre: Format: Pub date: ISbn:

hiStoriCAl fiCtion pAperbACK / ebooK oCt 2011 (pb) / oCt 2011 (e) 9789814358422 (pb) / 9789814358439 (e)

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The Red Thread (The Straits Quartet, Vol.1): A chinese Tale of Love and Fate in 1830s Singapore
Dawn Farnham
Like Chinese silk, The Red Thread is, by turns, gentle and strong, exploring a love that breaks through the divide of race and culture, a love that is both deeply physical and a marriage of souls. Set against the backdrop of 1830s Singapore where piracy, crime, triads and tigers are commonplace, this cultural romance follows the struggle of two lovers: Zhen, once the lowliest of Chinese coolies and triad member, later chosen to marry into a Peranakan family of Baba Chinese merchants; and Charlotte, an 18-year-old Scots girl and sister of Singapores Head of Police. Two cultures bound together by the invisible threads of fate yet separated by cultural diversity. By incorporating real figures from Singapores historical past, Dawn Farnham brings to life the heady atmosphere of Old Singapore, where exotic beliefs and customs clash and jostle in the struggle to make a life and create mutual understanding between peoples from different worlds.
Genre: Format: Pub date: ISbn: hiStoriCAl fiCtion / roMAnCe pAperbACK / ebooK MAy 2007 (pb) / Sept 2011 (e) 9789810575670 (pb) / 9789814358408 (e)

The Hills of Singapore (The Straits Quartet, Vol.3): A landscape of loss, longing and love
Dawn Farnham
Young, beautiful and wealthy, widow Charlotte Macleod leaves Batavia in the 1850s and returns to Singapore for the English education of her two young sons. She is determined not to be drawn back into a secret affair with Zhen, the married Chinese merchant, triad-member and man she loves who is, unbeknownst to him, the father of her eldest son, Alex. Charlotte is convinced she can find happiness in a respectable marriage with the attractive but reticent Captain Maitland. But when murder and death strike, Singapore erupts in the violence of triad wars and Zhens growing affection for Alex gives cause for alarm, she must make some hard decisions, for her children and herself. Drawing on the real-life historical personalities of the time, Dawn Farnham mixes fact and fiction to paint a rich portrait of midnineteenth century Singapore and the realm of the White Rajah of Sarawak, at a time when triads, piracy and crime were rife and life in colonial Southeast Asia was anything but safe.
Genre: Format: Pub date: ISbn: hiStoriCAl fiCtion / roMAnCe pAperbACK / ebooK oCt 2010 (pb) / nov 2011 (e) 9789810854331 (pb) / 9789814358392 (e)

The Devils Pope: Who really rules in Rome?


Adrian Lumenti

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There will be the devil to pay but what price will he demand? Its the year 999, and as the first millennium draws to a close, many people throughout Europe are convinced that the world is going to end along with the end of that year. A sudden spate of fearful events makes it seem as if the final end is indeed approaching. Then, in the midst of all this, a mysterious figure appears in northern Italy, giving rousing sermons all along his trip to Rome. This strange but charismatic figure, supposedly a monk from nowhere and everywhere, is a worker of seemingly miraculous cures. Appearing first in northern Italy, he enlists an army of devotees who follow him on his mission to Rome, the heart of the Christian world at that time. Before long, the mission of this strange holy man intertwines with the plans of 19-year-old Emperor Otto III to build the greatest empire the West has ever seen and the devoted pope who desperately seeks to reform and re-sanctify the Church that is the centre of his life. This is a historical fiction that speculates what could happen when evil forces set out to corrupt absolutely and then seize power. Packed with far more solid historical facts than The Da Vinci Code, its also a thriller that invites us to witness a cunning battle between the forces of Good and the forces of Evil for nothing less than the fate of all humanity.
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The Rose of Singapore: A tale of love, loss and sexual awakening in 1950s Singapore and Malaya
Peter Neville
When Aircraftman First Class Peter Saunders of the Royal Air Force leaves England for the Far East in 1951, he is only eighteen years of age. His two-anda-half-year tour of duty takes him briefly to Hong Kong and Malaya before being posted as a cook to RAF Changi, Singapore. For an adventurous young man such as Peter, Singapore in the early 1950s holds all the promise of the Orient-exotic surroundings, unusual customs and mesmerizing women. Peter soon meets and falls in love with a local Chinese girl but only later does he learn she is not entirely what she seems. The Rose of Singapore is a moving work of fiction about love, loss and sexual awakening and is based on the true experiences of the author, Peter Neville. The backdrop is Singapore and Malaya during the Emergency perioda time of active Communist terrorism as well as rising nationalismand Neville describes in minute detail daily life at that time. With chaotic scenes of lecherous sailors and bawdy prostitutes in Singapores infamous Bugis Street and other red-light districts; nail-biting episodes of jungle combat in Malaya; glimpses into the daily toil of stallholders and trishaw drivers; as well as the prejudices of the British colonial regime, Singapore and Malaya of old is brought vividly to life in this Tanamera-style blockbuster.
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The Shallow Seas (The Straits Quartet, Vol.2): A tale of two cities, Singapore and Batavia
Dawn Farnham
In this sequel to The Red Thread, Charlotte Macleod is nineteen, pregnant, and alone in 1842. She is fleeing a scandalous liaison with her married Chinese lover, a liaison which would bring ruin on him, herself, and her brother, Robert, the police chief of Singapore. When Tigran Manouk, forty, and the richest merchant in Batavia, capital of the Dutch East Indies, asks for her hand in marriage, the choice is no choice. Through loss and pain, Charlotte will find a way to make a life with a man she does not love in a town she does not understand. Until she returns to Singapore, to the town where the man she loves waits for her, to face the hardest decision of her life.
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The English concubine: (The Straits Quartet, Vol.4


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The Malayan Life of Ferdach oHaney


Frederick Lees
It is 1950 and the Federation of Malaya is in the throes of the Malayan Emergency. The British are struggling to defeat the communist terrorists and deal with rising nationalism in the colony. Ferdach OHaney arrives in Malaya as a young Anglo-Irish man to serve the Federation government, and he is plunged into the nitty-gritty of Malayan Emergency duties in the New Villages and in the communist-occupied jungles of Perak. Gregarious and bisexual, OHaney is equally at home in the brothels of Penang and in Singapores sleazy Bugis Street as he is in the corridors of British intelligence at Phoenix Park in Singapore and in the manicured grounds of Kings House and Carcosa in Kuala Lumpur. He befriends communist terrorists and nationalist sympathisers, experiences the bloody Maria Hertogh race riots, and comes up against prejudiced colonial administrators. OHaney meets General Briggs and Chin Peng, the leader of the communist guerrillas, and he reveals new information about the assassination of Sir Henry Gurney. The Malayan Life of Ferdach OHaney is a fictionalised account of the author Frederick Lees own experiences in 1950s Malaya.
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Jaipong Dancer: A sweeping story of love, hate and moral corruption


Patrick Sweeting

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Dawn Farnham was born in Portsmouth, England in 1949. Her parents emigrated to Perth, Western Australia when she was two. She grew up a sandgroper, barefoot and free, roaming the bushy suburbs and beaches with her friends. In the sixties she, like so many other young Aussies, left on a ship for London, aged 17. In the Swinging years she met and married her journalist husband and moved to Paris, learned French and lots of other things and travelled round Europe in a Volkswagen beetle. As a foreign correspondent, her husband was posted to exotic locations and they lived in China, Hong Kong, Korea and Japan in the eighties and nineties. During this time she raised two daughters and taught English. Back in London she went back to school, doing a B.A. in Japanese at The School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) and a Masters Degree at Kings College. She and her husband now live in Singapore. It is in this thriving port city-state that she found her muse and began to write, finding particular pleasure in its colourful and often wild past.

Set in Sumatra in the 1950s, Jaipong Dancer is a story of lost innocence and complex moral dilemmas. It follows the journey of Yahyu, a young Javanese dancer, who runs away from a forced marriage and becomes unwittingly involved in the violent struggle for Sumatras independence from Jakarta. On her long passage from fame to degradation Yahyu experiences love, hate, sexual slavery and the horror of the rebels last bloody battle deep in the Barisan Mountains. During her short life Yahyu has been a mother, a wife, a murderer and a whore, while struggling to keep her basic belief in right and wrong. Could anyone, particularly her lost husband and child, ever understand and accept her fall from grace? Patrick Sweeting spent many years in Sumatra, Indonesia, studying behaviour, crime and conflicts and speaks several Sumatran languages.

Immaculately researched Dawn seems to have an encyclopedic knowledge of topics as diverse as Chinese secret societies, sexual customs amongst the officers of colonial power and might, tiger attacks, what the fashionable girl was wearing in the 1830s, and how the not-so fashionable girl avoided pregnancy The Daily Telegraph, UK

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hiStoriCAl fiCtion pAperbACK / ebooK MArCh 2012 (pb) / MArCh 2012 (e) 9789814358736 (pb) / 9789814358743 (e)

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Best of Asian Erotica


Richard Lord (Editor)
The first ever series of Asian literary erotica packaged for the digital platform. The volumes in Best of Asian Erotica feature short stories from writers in India, China, Vietnam, Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia and Japan. Some of the stories in Vols. 1 and 2 have previously appeared in print in Best of Singapore Erotica and Best of Southeast Asian Erotica. The seductive sex stories in the first three volumes of literary erotica from Asia are certain to entertain and arouse. Absolutely nothing is out of bounds, offering readers a glimpse into the erotic lives of Asias inhabitants.

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erotiCA / Short StorieS ebooK JAn 2012 9789814358156 erotiCA / Short StorieS ebooK feb 2012 9789814358187 erotiCA / Short StorieS ebooK oCt 2012 9789814423243

Best of Singapore Erotica Best of Southeast Asian Erotica Best of Asian Erotica, Vols. 1, 2 & 3 Hotter than Hades In the Shadow of the Devil Lucifer Rising Voyage of the Demon

Erotic shorts in volumes 1 to 3 include: A Dummys Guide to Losing Your Virginity by Meihan Booey And Then She Came by Jonathan Lim Awakening by Yusuf Martin Naked Screw by Alison Lester Body Drafts by Rachel Loh Eduardos Honeymoon by Annabel Pagunsan Night at Passion Touch by Hari Kumar Banging Bills Wife by Stephen Leather Expeditions in the Twilight Zone by Emilio Two Men and a Plan by O Thiam Chin Less Than a Day by John Burdett Mad For It by Erich R. Sysak Self-Portrait With Three Monkeys by Chris Mooney-Singh A Perfect Exit by Aaron Ang Good Morning, Bangkok by Andrew Penney The Sex Thing with the Tempoyak by Amir Muhammed Night Ride by Nigel Hogge Clean Sex by Ricky Low The Service Provider by John Burdett Breaking Glass by Dawn Farnham Club Koyaanisquatsi by Miss Izzy Painin by Brenton Rossow Big Love by Chris Mooney Singh Aphrodite by Suzanna Kusuma The Phoenix Tattoos by Richard Lord Mirrors by Christopher Taylor The Politician by Amirul B Ruslan Femme Fatale by O Thiam Chin Celibation by Lee Yew Moon I, Teiresius by Alaric Leong

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Best of Singapore Erotica


Richard Lord (Editor)
In this first-ever compendium of erotic writing from Singapore, we are presented with a selection of short stories, poetry and narrative nonfiction that is as hot and steamy as the city-state itself. From the Indonesian maid to the Singaporean prostitute, the local schoolteacher to the American expatriate, the twenty-seven contributions in this book embrace a wide range of erotic beliefs and practices. Absolutely nothing is out of bounds, offering readers a glimpse into the erotic lives of Singapores inhabitants. Gerrie Lim, author of bestselling Invisible Trade, reports on the islands hidden world of high-end escorts in Walking The Dog, Singapore Young Artist Award-winner Felix Cheong muses on exotic dancers and their customers in Dancer from the Dance and Singapores hottest blogger, Miss Izzy, serves up some raunchy new fiction with Club Koyaanisquatsi. Local luminaries Kirpal Singh and Robert Yeo weigh in with poetry and prose, and are joined by wellknown Singapore writers Cyril Wong and Chris Mooney-Singh. The subject of virginity loss is approached from various standpoints, in one story a Singaporean woman joyfully loses her virginity at an early age, while in another she keeps it well into her thirties, despite enjoying a steady stream of erotic fantasies. The female voice is articulated in a variety of social settings by Samarah Zafirah, Meihan Boey, Alice Lee Am and Alison Lester. Best of Singapore Erotica is a timely addition to the small but growing body of contemporary Asian erotic literature and successfully showcases the best writing from Singapore, assembled into Asias sexiest anthology to date. Now in its 3rd printrun!

Best of Southeast Asian Erotica


Richard Lord (Editor)
This is the follow-up volume to Monsoons bestselling Best of Singapore Erotica. This time around, there are 19 stories from well-known authors in Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore and the Philippines. Traipsing through the pages of this steamy collection is a colourful cavalcade of adventurers, maids, masseurs, prostitutes, transsexuals, seducers and seducees as well as business executives on the make. Youll even meet a master baker who reveals the deeply erotic secrets of prata-making, along with the married couple who uncover the secret of how fermented durian can reignite the sparks of marital bliss. Included in this volume are two of Thailands most renowned English-language writers, Stephen Leather and John Burdett, celebrated Malaysian film-maker Amir Muhammad and Malaysias rising-star journalist/blogger Amirul Ruslan. Amongst the strong Singapore contingent are stories by highly popular writers Dawn Farnham and Chris Mooney-Singh, and there are also three alluring stories from the Philippines and one from Indonesia. This book proves that erotic literature can stand out as both eroticism and literature. The nineteen stories presented here examine the topic from varied angles, but they all celebrate the sensual in the sure voice of first-rate writing. Best of Southeast Asian Erotica is a welcome and rich addition to the growing list of erotic literature in this most erotic corner of the world.

Hotter than Hades (Max Krueger Adventure, Vol.1)


Nigel Hogge
In Volume 1 of the Max Krueger Adventure series, Max Krueger, tough ex-British Army officer and a former mercenary from the jungles of Africa is now operating his tugboat from the steamy wharves of Manaha, capital city of the turbulent South-East Asian island nation of Verubia. Hired to haul supplies to the remote location of director Marcus von Kleists latest movie-in-the-making, he discovers a sinister plot to flood Verubia with high-grade cocaine. In cahoots with the tricky Colonel Diablo Fernandez, Manahas Chief of Police, Krueger attempts to smash the drug ring, but he hasnt taken into account the beautiful and wild women, the decadent Arab Sheik, the grim drug baron, and patriotic and hot-blooded Muslin chieftain hell meet along the way. Its a sexy, sultry, sweltering tale of adventure thats Hotter than Hell!
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in the Shadow of the Devil (Max Krueger Adventure, Vol.2)


Nigel Hogge
In Volume 2 of the Max Krueger Adventure series, the war has been over for half a century, but neo-Nazi Ernst Mueller, son of SS Obersturmbannfuher Karl Mueller, knows where four million dollars worth of Japanese war booty is hidden in the savage mountains of the remote island of Alipoo in southern Verubia. With boat captain and tough former mercenary Max Krueger, he plans to find the treasure, but they have no idea of what and who is waiting for them on the perilous journey south. Gorgeous and passionate women, brave but doomed Muslim rebels, a brutal rapist, a ghostly copper mine. and looming over their entire adventure: The Shadow of the Devil himself. Its an exotic erotic heady adventure yarn!
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Lucifer Rising (Max Krueger Adventure, Vol.3)


Nigel Hogge
In Volume 3 of the Max Krueger Adventure series, Max Kruegers girlfriend has disappeared, and the tough ex-mercenary is angry. Very angry. What Max and Manahas crafty Chief of Police, Colonel Diablo Fernandez, dont know is that the beautiful woman has fallen into the hands of a fiendish religious sex cult and the dreaded grips of the Yakuza, the centuries old Japanese Mafia, who have come to the turbulent South-East Asian island nation of Verubia to expand their empire and feed their insatiable appetite for helpless, delectable young women. But the Yakuza and the strange, charismatic leader of the cult have made one mistake: theyve pissed off Krueger, big time! Heart stopping excitement weird and cruel characters lovely and vulnerable women takes you down the violent paths of Asia a great read!
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Voyage of the Demon (Max Krueger Adventure, Vol.4)


Nigel Hogge
In Volume 4 of the Max Krueger Adventure series, Max Krueger, tough ex-British Army officer and former mercenary from the jungles of Africa is once again operating his tugboat from the steamy wharves of Manaha, capital city of the turbulent South East island national of Verubia. Hired to hunt down a fearsome Indonesian pirate called Bandok Raya, he gathers and trains an elite mercenary group. Maxs old friend Pierre Lafayette has returned to Manaha and is conducting a dangerous liaison with Carlotta Ponti dangerous because Verubias President is also enamored of the lovely Italian lady. The crew of a Korean freighter slaughtered a yacht brutally sunk a town in a Surabaya demolished beautiful women kidnapped and kept as sex slaves. Bandok Raya has gone too far. Kruegers men ambush him and the war is on. Max is at his most introspective and lethal a sweeping and violent tale of piracy on the high seas of Southeast Asia.
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Singapore erotica? Yes, such a thing exists. This collection of 27 explicit pieces of short fiction and poems is not mere pornography, but rather literature that focuses primarily on sex Sunday Times, Singapore

Singapore continues to shed its squeaky clean image. First there was Sexpo, then Crazy Horse. Now its Best of Singapore Erotica, a collection of 27 pieces of short fiction and poems of a sensual and explicit nature The Straits Times, Singapore

Nigel Hogge is the son of a British army officer. He has variously worked as a fisherman and miner in Australia, a manager of a copra plantation in New Guinea, a tourist guide in Hong Kong, an English teacher in Tokyo, a bartender in Los Angeles, a seaman on a Swedish cargo vessel, and a sales representative in Korea and South Vietnam. He has owned several bars and restaurants in the Philippines and Japan. He has been the voice on over 250 radio and TV commercials in Manila and Tokyo, been a character actor in more than 15 movies, has written and sold four movie scripts, and now lives on his 57 foot cabin cruiser, which he occasionally rents out for fishing and diving charters, in the southern Philippines. He still travels extensively.

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The Red Thread (The Straits Quartet, Vol.1): A chinese Tale of Love and Fate in 1830s Singapore
Dawn Farnham
Like Chinese silk, The Red Thread is, by turns, gentle and strong, exploring a love that breaks through the divide of race and culture, a love that is both deeply physical and a marriage of souls. Set against the backdrop of 1830s Singapore where piracy, crime, triads and tigers are commonplace, this cultural romance follows the struggle of two lovers: Zhen, once the lowliest of Chinese coolies and triad member, later chosen to marry into a Peranakan family of Baba Chinese merchants; and Charlotte, an 18-year-old Scots girl and sister of Singapores Head of Police. Two cultures bound together by the invisible threads of fate yet separated by cultural diversity. By incorporating real figures from Singapores historical past, Dawn Farnham brings to life the heady atmosphere of Old Singapore, where exotic beliefs and customs clash and jostle in the struggle to make a life and create mutual understanding between peoples from different worlds.
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The Hills of Singapore (The Straits Quartet, Vol.3): A landscape of loss, longing and love
Dawn Farnham
Young, beautiful and wealthy, widow Charlotte Macleod leaves Batavia in the 1850s and returns to Singapore for the English education of her two young sons. She is determined not to be drawn back into a secret affair with Zhen, the married Chinese merchant, triad-member and man she loves who is, unbeknownst to him, the father of her eldest son, Alex. Charlotte is convinced she can find happiness in a respectable marriage with the attractive but reticent Captain Maitland. But when murder and death strike, Singapore erupts in the violence of triad wars and Zhens growing affection for Alex gives cause for alarm, she must make some hard decisions, for her children and herself. Drawing on the real-life historical personalities of the time, Dawn Farnham mixes fact and fiction to paint a rich portrait of midnineteenth century Singapore and the realm of the White Rajah of Sarawak, at a time when triads, piracy and crime were rife and life in colonial Southeast Asia was anything but safe.
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The Red Thread The Shallow Seas The Singapore Hills The English Concubine

The Shallow Seas (The Straits Quartet, Vol.2): A tale of two cities, Singapore and Batavia
Dawn Farnham
In this sequel to The Red Thread, Charlotte Macleod is nineteen, pregnant, and alone in 1842. She is fleeing a scandalous liaison with her married Chinese lover, a liaison which would bring ruin on him, herself, and her brother, Robert, the police chief of Singapore. When Tigran Manouk, forty, and the richest merchant in Batavia, capital of the Dutch East Indies, asks for her hand in marriage, the choice is no choice. Through loss and pain, Charlotte will find a way to make a life with a man she does not love in a town she does not understand. Until she returns to Singapore, to the town where the man she loves waits for her, to face the hardest decision of her life.
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The English concubine: (The Straits Quartet, Vol.4


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Looking for love? Try the following books:

A Woman of Bangkok (p.40) Jaipong Dancer (p.31) Late Blossom (p.8) Love and Lust in Singapore (p.41) Singapore Girl (p.6) The Pioneers (p.40) The Rose of Singapore (p.31)

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Shadow Play (Kain Songket Mysteries, Vol.1)


Barbara Ismail
Shadow Play is the first in the series of Kain Songket Mysteries set in the northern state of Kelantan, Malaysia, during the 1970s. Mak Cik Maryam, a smart and take-charge kain songket (silk) trader in Kota Bharu Central Market, discovers a murder in her own backyard, shattering the bucolic village world she thought surrounded her. While the new Chief of Police, a pleasant young man from Ipoh whose mothers admonitions about the wiles of Kelantanese girls still ring in his ears, wrestles with the bewildering local dialect, Maryam steps up to solve the mystery herself. Her investigation brings her into the closed world of the wayang kulit Shadow Play theatre and the lives of its performersa world riven by rivalries and black magic. Trapped in a tangle of jealousy, Maryam struggles to make sense of the crime in spite of the spells sent to keep her from secrets long buried and lies woven to shield the guilty. American author Barbara Ismail spent many years in Malaysia in the 1970s and 80s, studying shadow puppetry and the Kelantanese dialect of Malay. She holds a PhD in Anthropology from Yale University.
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Shadow Play Year of the Tiger A Monsoon Feast A Woman of Bangkok And The Rain My Drink The Pioneers The Lies that Build a Marriage Love and Lust in Singapore The Flight of the Swans Locked Out Private Dancer Bangkok Bob and the Missing Mormon Thai Girl Bangkok Free Fall Crime Scene: Singapore Iban Dream Death in the Kingdom Singapore Sling Shot Disorder El desorden Beck and Call Code Shield The Notting Hill Trilogy, Vols. 1, 2 & 3 The Devils Pope The Elements Cement, Cabbages & Cars

The investigation is as much a cultural exploration as detective work, and I would definitely read more books in the series just to get close to the Kelantan way of life Next magazine, Singapore If you love Agatha Christie and detective fiction, heres a new series set closer to home in Kelantan, Malaysia featuring female sleuth Mak Cik Maryams struggles in a wayang world filled with rivalries and intrigue Singapore Womens Weekly

Year of the Tiger: A wartime secret in Singapore triggers a global bioterrorism nightmare
David Miller

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A Monsoon Feast
A Monsoon Feast is an anthology of literary short stories by renowned writers from Kerala and Singapore and celebrates leading writing and writers from both communities. The collection, featuring a foreword by author and poet Professor Kirpal Singh, includes stories by well-known author Shashi Tharoor, Commonwealth Writers Prize-winning author of 12 books, including The Great Indian Novel, and inaugural Singapore Literature Prize winner and popular author Suchen Christine Lim.

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During World War II, the Imperial Japanese Army under General Tomoyuki Yamashita looted untold amounts of gold and other valuables from across its occupied colonies in Southeast Asia to finance the empires ongoing military expansion. But when the tide of war turned against Japan in 1943, much of this treasure had to be buried in secret. Over the decades, the search for the legendary Yamashitas Gold had been in vain, until now ... A group of foreign workers digging a tunnel under the Padang in present-day Singapore stumbles across a treasure vault and inadvertently triggers a biological booby trap. An unknown strain of anthrax is released, threatening a global holocaust. It is up to Assistant Superintendent Gerald Loh of the Singapore Police Force to decipher a cryptic clue left behind with the loot to halt this deadly plague. Year of the Tiger takes readers on a roller-coaster journey of political wrangling, murky history and secret organisations to discover the elusive cure for a seemingly unstoppable pandemic.
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Big Wall Newspaper by Suchen Christine Lim Death of a Schoolmaster by Shashi Tharoor Because I Tell by Felix Cheong A Life Elsewhere by Jaishree Misra Patchwork by O Thiam Chin In Memory of Kaya Toast by Anjali Menon Taste by Verena Tay
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A Woman of Bangkok
Jack Reynolds
Set against a beautifully observed Thailand of the 1950s, this is the story of a young Englishmans infatuation with a dance-hall hostess named Vilai, who all Bangkok knows as The White Leopard. No ordinary prostitute, Vilai is one of the most memorable in literatures long line of brazen working girls. An unmitigated liar and brutally transparent about her desire for money, she unscrupulously milks young Reggie Joyce, the son of an Anglican vicar, with complete frankness. Reggie knows her for what she is yet there seems no folly he will not commit for her, no road to ruin he dares not take. Vilai becomes an obsession for himan obsession that brings Reggie moments of ecstasy, months of anguish and the threat of utter disaster. Acknowledged today as one of the most memorable novels about Thailand, A Woman of Bangkok was first published to critical acclaim in London and New York in the 1950s and is a classic of Bangkok fiction. While the Fifties was a very different world, what is remarkable about this book is that the more the bar scene in Bangkok changes, the more it stays the same. Just as Moll Flanders and Fanny Hill stand eternal, Vilai takes a very special, dare one say seminal, place as the first and best of the many anti-heroines of the now burgeoning Bangkok novel. Jack Reynolds was born Emrys Reynolds Jones on 19 June 1913 in Hertfordshire in the south of England, the son of a non-conformist minister.
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And The Rain My Drink


Han Suyin
First published in 1956, Han Suyins magnificent novel about the Emergency Period in Malaya and Singapore evokes all the colour and conflict of a land where, in the late 1940s and early 50s, a bitter guerrilla war was fought between communist terrorists in the Malayan jungles and British, Australian and New Zealand armed forces. With infinite sharpness and feeling, she writes about the intertwining lives of many people caught up in the clash of powerful forces. Dogged, downtrodden Chinese rubber tappers, a pretty girl called Small Cloud for whom betrayal has become a way of life, and the stiff, aloof world of the British administrators and their mems. Han Suyin is the author of over 20 books, including A Many-Splendoured Thing, which was made into a Hollywood film (winning six Academy Awards). Han Suyin was chosen by TIME magazine as one of the twelve most influential artists and thinkers in Asia in the twentieth century.
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The Lies That Build a Marriage: Stories of the unsung, unsaid and uncelebrated in Singapore
Suchen Christine Lim
A mother finds out her son is gay; a daughter finds out her two mothers are lesbians; a niece stumbles upon the body of her dead uncle dressed in his wifes sarong kebaya; and an old mans nascent feelings for a Filipino maid lead him back to his suppressed art. The Lies that Build A Marriage, Suchen Christine Lims short stories of the unsung, unsaid and uncelebrated in Singapore, delve beneath the sunlit islands prosperity and coded decorum. Her characters chip away prejudice and sculpt it into acceptance of the other. Suchen Christine Lim was born in Malaysia but she grew up in Singapore. She is the author of Fistful of Colours, awarded the inaugural Singapore Literature Prize 1992; A Bit of Earth, shortlisted for the Singapore Literature Prize 2004; Ricebowl and Gift from The Gods. Other publications include a play co-authored with Ophelia Ooi, The Amah: A Portrait in Black and White, Short Play Merit Prize 1989; Stories of the Overseas Chinese, a non-fiction book, 2005; and several childrens books written for schools.
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The Flight of the Swans


D. Devika Bai
The Flight of the Swans is a rich and fascinating family saga set in British India and Malaya. Cursed, and with blood on his hands, Captain Ramdas Rao Bhonsle is forced to flee Killa Fort, which has fallen to the British. A strange flight of swans signals his flight from Killa; a flight that will drive Ramdas and his family into further adversity. But great adversity spawns great dreams. Ramdas dreams of ousting the British from his motherland. His sons, the handsome and irascible Nilkanth and the plain and romantic Madhav dream of possessing the same girl, Tara Bai, who is the most beautiful courtesan in the land. And Ramdas granddaughter, blind Arundhati, dreams only of seeing one day. Woven into this tapestry is a lone white swan inextricably linked to the ebb and flow of the Bhonsles fortunes as they flee across India to Malaya. At once magical, poignant and exotic, Devika Bais debut novel mesmerises as it unravels the love, loyalty and courage of the Bhonsles. The saga unfolds against the backdrop of war, famine, family conflict and social injustice, and hurtles towards its inevitable end in a masterful blend of history and fiction. D. Devika Bai is a retired school administrator of Malaysian Indian descent. She is the great-granddaughter of one of the earliest Tanjore Maratha immigrants to British Malaya.
Genre: Format: Pub date: ISbn: fiCtion / hiStoriCAl ebooK July 2012 9789814423267

Moving and beautifully described Times Literary Supplement, UK Considerable sensibility and penetration The Sunday Times, UK An important book a book of great richness profoundly moving The Daily Telegraph, UK Han Suyin can convey the heat, the squalor, and flux of Asiatic life with expert touches TIME magazine, USA

Among the ten finest novels written about Asia The Asian Wall Street Journal (Harry Rolnick) Pulls no punches a book to remember The Age, Australia At times the lying, grasping, impenitent and wholly immoral Vilai becomes twenty times larger than life. She is the real thing The New York Times, USA One night in Bangkok, so the song goes, makes a hard man humble. The city is, in fact, a combine harvester for the expat male heart. Jack Reynolds captures the ethos perfectly in this, the definitive account, written 50 years ago The Guardian, UK (Malcolm Pryce) Fascinating intensely readable Gore Vidal, author Jack Reynolds 1950s A Woman of Bangkok (originally published A Sort of Beauty in 1956, republished under the new name shortly thereafter), a well-written and poignant story of a young Englishmans descent into the world of Thai brothels, remains the best novel yet published with this theme Joe Cummings, author More than half a century ago, Jack Reynolds wrote the original Bangkok bargirl story, highlighting the dangers that can befall a man who loses his heart in the Land of Smiles. The story is as pertinent today as it was then and always will be so long as men continue to look for love in the wrong places Stephen Leather, author

The Pioneers
Katharine Susannah Prichard
This endearing nineteenth-century family saga follows the lives, loves and losses of one pioneering family and two escaped convicts as they open up the land in Gippsland, Victoria. The Pioneers won the Hodder and Stoughton All Empire Literature Prize for Australasia in 1915, giving its author one thousand pounds and the opportunity to launch her career as a creative writer. The Pioneers has been filmed twice: in 1916 and in 1926. This classic Australian story not only commands a place in the cannon of Australian literature but it is also an important part of Australias national cultural heritage for its fascinating record and reflection of early Australian life and perspectives. Katharine Susannah Prichard was a founding member of the Australian Communist Party; she wrote more than fifteen books and was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1951.
Genre: Format: Pub date: ISbn: fiCtion pAperbACK MAy 2010 9789810848804

Love and Lust in Singapore


Goodwin, Tewari & Hoye (Eds)
Love and Lust in Singapore is a vibrant collection of twenty-four stories that delves into the diverse love lives of the city-states eclectic mix of inhabitants, from the prostitute to the migrant worker, the guilt-ridden expatriate to the fantasizing heartlands housewife. Leading Singaporean and Singapore-based writers explore the best and worst of the human condition called love. These tales of emotional adventure and erotic self-discovery seek out the strings that connect Singapore denizens in their daily relationships.
Genre: Format: Pub date: ISbn: fiCtion / Short StorieS pAperbACK / ebooK Aug 2010 (pb) / MAy 2012 (e) 9789810861131 (pb) / 9789814358934 (e)

Locked out: Stories Far from Home


Alison Jean Lester
Travel to Singapore, Tokyo, Colombo, and St. Louis with Alison Lesters challenging, charming characters as they grapple with a sense of dislocation and the nagging possibility of betrayal that accompanies new beginnings. In Locked Out, investigate the marriage of a woman confronted by her first gray hairs and her husbands sexy Japanese assistant. In Being Japanese, wonder along with the dying young Japanese woman why it is that being Japanese takes such a toll on a body. In Tiptoe, arrive in Singapore with a young New Hampshire wife and feel her bewilderment as she becomes a magnet for a deeply unhappy child. In The War of the Worlds, see things from the other way around, as an American boy spends an unexpected afternoon with a German immigrant to his neighbourhood. Lester writes evocatively about the many facets of being far from home or uncomfortable where home is. Factor in the honest and amusing dialogue, and Lesters graceful prose, and the result is a very genuine collection of stories.
Genre: Format: Pub date: ISbn: fiCtion / Short StorieS ebooK oCt 2011 9789814358255

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Private Dancer
Stephen Leather
Pete, a young travel writer, wanders into a Bangkok bar and meets the love of his life. Pete thinks that Joy is the girl of his dreams: young, stunningly pretty, and one of the top-earning go-go dancers in Nana Plaza. What follows is a roller-coaster ride of sex, drugs, lies and murder, as Pete discovers that his very own private dancer is not all that she claims to be. And that far from being the girl of his dreams, Joy is his own personal nightmare.
Genre: Format: Pub date: ISbn: fiCtion / thriller pAperbACK nov 2005 9789810539160

Thai Girl
Andrew Hicks
When travellers Ben and Emma come to blows on the idyllic Thai island of Koh Samet, its not long before Ben falls for Fon, a flirtatious but enigmatic beach masseuse, and is forced to come to terms with the darker side of tourism in Thailand. As Ben parties on the beaches with travellers from around the world and experiences the raunchy nightlife of Bangkok, he is drawn deeper into the harsh reality of his island paradise. The closer he is to Fon, the sparkling Thai girl of his dreams, the more he realizes what it means to be truly poor and what drives farmers daughters away from their homes to sell their bodies in the bars of Bangkok. On the surface Thai Girl is an endearing romantic adventure novel; at another level it explores some of the disturbing issues affecting a fast-developing country and its people as well as the problems associated with cross-cultural relationships. Hicks weaves a gripping and thought-provoking narrative that reaches its climax in the sultry heat of Thailands exotic traveller beaches. Andrew Hicks first came to Thailand in the late Seventies and in more recent years has travelled extensively throughout the country with backpack and notebook, observing the interaction of Thais and foreign visitors.
Genre: Format: Pub date: ISbn: fiCtion pAperbACK / ebooK JAn 2006 (pb) / feb 2012 (e) 9789810539184 (pb) / 9789814358248 (e)

crime Scene: Singapore: The Best of Singapore crime Fiction


Richard Lord (Editor)
As the Singapore police frequently remind us: low crime does not mean no crime. But the writers in this book remind us that low crime can definitely mean exciting, imaginative crime. Strong, riveting stories fill the pages of this volume, the first of its kind in the Lion City. Veteran UK crime and thriller luminary Stephen Leather follows a Singapore police inspector as he slowly trawls through available clues to explain a seemingly inexplicable crime. Singapore-based novelist Dawn Farnham offers two new stories: a complex, nailbiting revenge drama and a piquant short piece which looks at one of the more effective ways to leave ones lover. Pranav Joshi shows how cross-border crime can spur locally produced crime, while local literary guru Chris Mooney-Singh looks at how brutal crime has moved into the realm of social networking. Also featured are engaging works by Singapore Literature Prize winner Ng Yi-Sheng and actress-writer-radio personality Carolyn Camoens, as well as a savvy satire on one of Singapores unique and quirky laws by author Alaric Leong.
Genre: Format: Pub date: ISbn: fiCtion pAperbACK / ebooK oCt 2010 (pb) / MAy 2012 (e) 9789810854379 (pb) / 9789814358590 (e)

Death in the Kingdom


Andrew Grant
British agent Daniel Swann fled Thailand after murdering the son of the Kingdoms top underworld boss. Now he is back, ordered by his government to recover a small black box from the bottom of the Andaman Sea. Business as usual, he doesnt ask questions. But as his friends are beheaded one by one and he is pursued by CIA agents, Swann realises his mission has become personal. Someone wants him dead. Trying to stay alive on the streets of Bangkok, Swann engages in a deadly game of cat and mouse. When he finally discovers the contents of the black box, he is caught up in a government-level conspiracy. But with his enemy always one step ahead, Swann knows he is being betrayed. So he turns to the only people he can trustthe underworld.
Genre: Format: Pub date: ISbn: fiCtion / thriller pAperbACK / ebooK June 2007 (pb) / oCt 2011 (e) 9789810584924 (pb) / 9789814358217 (e)

A gripping, highly readable thriller that cleverly intertwines the stories of the main two protagonists The Asian Review of Books With its conversational, almost confessional style of writing, this novel will have you rushing through it in one night to reach the climatic ending The Straits Times The best book regarding relationships with bargirls that you can ever read Pattaya Mail Because of all of its local wisdom, Private Dancer ought to be made available to every tourist at port of entry The Bangkok Post

This book really is a cracking yarn If you have spent some time in the military, the accurate description of the weaponry will lend much weight to the plot Death in the Kingdom will have all those who enjoy a good thriller asking for more Pattaya Mail

Bangkok Bob and the Missing Mormon


Stephen Leather
Long-term Bangkok resident and former New Orleans cop Bob Turtledove has a knack for getting people out of difficult situations. So when a young man from Utah goes missing in Bangkok, his parents are soon knocking on Bobs door asking for help. But what starts out as a simple missing person case takes a deadly turn as Bangkok Bobs search for the missing Mormon brings him up against Russian gangsters, hired killers, corrupt cops and kickboxing thugs. And he learns that even in the Land of Smiles, people can have murder on their minds.
Genre: Format: Pub date: ISbn: fiCtion / thriller pAperbACK feb 2011 9789810877767

Bangkok Free Fall


Richard Stevenson
Bangkok expatriate Gary Griswold, a millionaire American of Albany old money, goes missing and his ex-wife wants to know whats happened to him and his 38 million dollars. It seems religious dilettante Griswold and his money have disappeared deep into Thailand, where corruption has its own etiquette. Soon, Albanys only gay private detective, Don Strachey, hired to fly to Thailand to locate Griswold, is out of his element, and his lover Timmy is way out of his comfort zone, as they comb the Land of Crooked Smiles for a man with a foolhardy plan to buy 38 million dollars worth of good karma. In vivid, witty and fast-paced prose, Stevensons characters expose a queer side of Bangkok alive with bathhouses, katoeys, muscle-boy gunsels and a mysterious Thai man named Mango. Richard Stevenson is the creator of the Don Strachey private eye series, which currently runs to ten books. Four books in this series have been filmed with actor Chad Allen playing gay private investigator Don Strachey. Stevenson is also a mystery reviewer for The Washington Post and his articles, reviews and fiction have appeared in Newsday, The Boston Globe, The Atlantic Monthly, Harpers, Glamour, Newsweek and many other US publications.
Genre: Format: Pub date: ISbn: fiCtion / thriller pAperbACK oCt 2010 9789810864095

iban Dream
Golda Mowe

New

Singapore Sling Shot


Andrew Grant
Former British agent Daniel Swann is living in semi-retirement in Hong Kong when he receives a call for help from his old friend Thai drug lord Sami Somsak. Samis stepbrother and his family have been murdered, and Samis brainchild, the $6-billion Intella Island project, Singapores largest offshore construction, is in jeopardy. When Swann attempts to retrieve vital evidence hidden in Fort Siloso, a bloody gun battle erupts on Sentosa island, and staid, quiet Singapore becomes a raging battlefield. Chinese Triads, a ruthless Colombian drug cartel and a shipping container holding $2 billion dollars converge on Singapore as Swann and his associates battle to save the Intella Island project and seek their revenge on Singapores unscrupulous Thomas Luthe man they call The Undertaker.
Genre: Format: Pub date: ISbn: fiCtion / thriller pAperbACK / ebooK feb 2009 (pb) / oCt 2011 (e) 9789810592257 (pb) / 9789814358231 (e)

Orphaned as a young boy in the rainforests of Borneo, Bujang is brought up by a family of orangutans, but his adult future has already been decided for him by Sengalang Burong, the Iban warpath god. On reaching adulthood, Bujang must leave his ape family and serve the warpath god as a warrior and a headhunter. Having survived his first assignment to kill an ill-tempered demon in the form of a ferocious wild boar subsequent adventures see Bujang converse with gods, shamans, animal spirits and with the nomadic people of Borneo as he battles evil spirits and demons to preserve the safety of those he holds dear to him. But Bujangs greatest test is still to come and he must rally a large headhunting expedition to free his captured wife and those of his fellow villagers. In this unique work of fantasy fiction, the author uses real beliefs, taboos and terminology of the Iban (a longhouse-dwelling indigenous group from Borneo who, until recently, were renowned for practising headhunting) to weave an epic tale of good versus evil. Born to an Iban mother and Melanau father, Golda Mowe has always been interested in the culture and traditions of Borneos indigenous people. She recalls childhood evenings in her Borneo longhouse, sitting in a pool of lamplight, listening to her great-aunt tell tales of jungle animals or her father recount his hunting adventures.
Genre: Format: Pub date: ISbn: fiCtion / fAntASy ebooK MAy 2012 9789814358804

Stephen Leather is one of the UKs most successful print and ebook authors with over thirty books to his name, translated into ten languages. He is the author of true crime bestseller Confessions of a Bangkok Private Eye, published by Monsoon Books, and two series of books published by Hodder & Stoughton, UK.

Andrew Grant has lived and worked in a variety of roles around the world, including being a professional hunter, merchant seaman and bodyguard. A small arms expert, competitive pistol shooter and keen photographer, he is a frequent visitor to Asia, regarding the region as his second home.

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Disorder
Juan Carlos Girauta
Disorder. Chaos. But a chaos with its own logic. The protagonist of this noir novella is Juan Barcelona, who shares his surname with his native city. A PhD in Physics, he discovers through mental illness and an obsession with Sigmund Freud that murder is not only a social disorder but an irreversible process. Killing belongs to thermodynamics. And entropy shall be the last stop in an analytical trip to the city of Barcelona. Disorder is the English translation of El desorden, an acclaimed work of contemporary urban fiction from Barcelona native Juan Carlos Girauta.
Genre: Pub date: ISbn: fiCtion / thriller June 2012 (ebooK) 9789814358828 (ebooK)

The Notting Hill Trilogy Vol.1: The Quest for the Penny Black Vol.2: Policemans Lot Vol.3: The Ladys not for Taking
MSA Blackwell
Assisted by clues discovered by the elderly eccentric widow of an eminent archaeologist in the diaries of a dishonest equerry to Queen Victoria, a group of Londoners commence on a treasure hunt in 1974 London to unearth stolen Penny Black stamps hidden across the city. This comedy takes in the sights of London and the unusual characters who call London home.
Genre: Pub date: ISbn (Vol.1): ISbn (Vol.2): ISbn (Vol.3): fiCtion / huMour MArCh 2012 (ebooK) 9789814358361 (ebooK) 9789814423021 (ebooK) 9789814423274 (ebooK)

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El desorden
Juan Carlos Girauta
The original Spanish-language version of the thriller Disorder.
Genre: Pub date: ISbn: fiCtion / thriller (SpAniSh) June 2012 (ebooK) 9789814358996 (ebooK)

The Devils Pope


Adrian Lumenti
Its the year 999, and as the first millennium draws to a close, many people throughout Europe are convinced that the world is going to end along with the end of that year. This thriller invites us to witness a cunning battle between the forces of Good and the forces of Evil for nothing less than the fate of all humanity.
Genre: Pub date: ISbn: hiStoriCAl fiCtion MArCh 2012 (ebooK) 9789814358705 (ebooK)

Beck And call


Eric Alagan
A philandering CEO, an unscrupulous journalist, a foodie private eye and an underworld boss all combine to make this thriller an entertaining read that offers an unusual insight into the Asian corporate world.
Genre: Pub date: ISbn: fiCtion / thriller feb 2012 (ebooK) 9789814358774 (ebooK)

The Elements
Andrew A. Chng
In the year 2025, peace fills the lands and war is nothing but a thing of the past. With no need to spend on military might, governments and nations have moved on, investing in the discovery of the body. Bryan Yang and his friends stumble across one such scientific discovery and are now imbued with powers that every teenager dreams of. They try to take on the similarly powered Frank Loch, a powercrazed villain who has his eyes set on ruling the world. Will these youths be able to beat him? Or are they rushing to their deaths?
Genre: Pub date: ISbn: SCienCe fiCtion MAy 2012 (ebooK) 9789814358798 (ebooK)

code Shield
Eric Alagan
A sovereign fund, Tengli, loses its bid to buy IndoTel, an Indonesian telecoms player. Russian Mafiya-backed interests acquire IndoTel, pointing to a Mole within the Singapore establishment. Tara Banks, an undercover agent, traces the leak to Moscow.
Genre: Pub date: ISbn: fiCtion / thriller feb 2012 (ebooK) 9789814358293 (ebooK)

cement, cabbages & cars: cross-cultural misadventures in The Land of the Morning calm
Roger Dix

chasing the Dragon


Warren Olson
From an expat hotel manager to a respected drug baron, a sadistic triad boss to a Thai transvestite, this action-packed novel set in Thailand has them all.
Genre: Pub date: ISbn: fiCtion / thriller feb 2012 (ebooK) 9789814358446 (ebooK)

A tale of modern-day South Korea in fictitious prose based on the real-life experiences, travels and adventures of the author and people he has known. The tale takes the reader through a thoughtful yet laughable cross-cultural interchange between a young man from the west and the people of Korea, from Canada to Seoul to the Uisung countryside farming community, to the hub of the countrys industrial centre, Ulsan, back to Seoul and eventually Canada.
Genre: Pub date: ISbn: fiCtion MAy 2012 (ebooK) 9789814358781 (ebooK)

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