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The Duke of Puddle Dock - In the Footsteps of Stamford Raffles
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The Duke of Puddle Dock - In the Footsteps of Stamford Raffles

By Nigel Barley

London: The Penguin Group, 1991. Hardcover. Very Good/very good. In this book Barley enjoyably weaves elements of Raffles' life in Southeast Asia with Barley's own experiences while travelling around Raffles' haunts today. He discovered that now the imperial hero is remembered not so much for his deeds, but for the commercial cachet in his name. 276 pages Weight 0.8kg. Post free within Malaysia The dust jacket has minor curls around the edges. The binding is tight, the text is clear and there is minimal tanning throughout.

$11.15

A Life in Words: My Writing Journey
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A Life in Words: My Writing Journey

By You Jin

Singapore: Epigram Books, 2016. Paperback. New. Although Tham Yew Chin, who writes under the pseudonym of You Jin, has had more than 150 works published in Chinese in her home country of Singapore and in Malaysia, China, Hong Kong and Taiwan, the English reading public had to wait until 2012 for a book of hers to be translated into English. In this book she describes her journey from being the daughter of a construction worker in Ipoh, Malaysia to becoming a literary giant in Singapore. Translated by Shelly Bryant from Chinese. 294 pages. Weight 0.7kg. Post free within Malaysia

$17.84

17a Keong Saik Road: A Personal Story
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17a Keong Saik Road: A Personal Story

By Charmaine Leung

Singapore: Ethos Books, 2017. Paperback. New. The author bases the book on her experiences of growing up in one of Singapore's red light districts where her mother ran a brothel. However the book also reflects the unknown lives of women who, like her mother, were sold into prostitution and how their lives and surroundings changed between the author's childhood and now. 270 pages. Weight 0.4kg. Post free within Malaysia

$11.15

When There Were Tigers in Singapore: A Family Saga of the Japanese Occupation
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When There Were Tigers in Singapore: A Family Saga of the Japanese Occupation

By Edmund M Schirmer

Singapore: Marshall Cavendish Editions, 2011. Paperback. New. An extraordinary story of a German, born a British subject, who finds himself in Singapore at the time of the Japanese takeover. Thanks to his German connections, he escapes immediate internment, but is then found out and joins other European internees. His six year old son, Hans, escapes capture and then has to learn to live by his wits on the streets of war torn Singapore. The author is Hans' son. 359 pages with some black and white photographs. Weight 0.6kg. Post free within Malaysia

$13.38

Keeping the Faith: Syed Isa Semait, Mufti of Singapore, 1972-2010
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Keeping the Faith: Syed Isa Semait, Mufti of Singapore, 1972-2010

By Syed Zakir Hussain

Singapore: Straits Times Press, 2012. Hardcover. New/new. A biography of the former leader of Singapore's Muslims, whose tenure coincided with the formative years of the city state. Interestingly, rather than being recommending that his flock turn inwards to protect and preserve their minority status, he led them into being a vital part of an multi faith and multi cultural Singapore. The book was written with the Mufti's co-operation. 199 pages. For further details, please see the scanned contents page. Weight 0.9kg. Post free within Malaysia

$26.75

Goh Keng Swee: A Portrait
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Goh Keng Swee: A Portrait

By Tan Siok Sun

Singapore: Editions Didier Millet, 2007. Reprint. Paperback. New. In the course of its history as a nation state, Singapore has grown to be one of the world's most successful economies. Many, including his former colleague Lee Kuan Yew, give most of the credit to Goh Keng Swee, the economic mastermind amongst the founding fathers. In this biography his daughter-in-law provides a family insight to the man behind the miracle. 222 pages. Please see the scan of the contents page for further details. Weight: 0.6kg. Post free within Malaysia

$15.61

William Teo: His Work in Theatre

By Jacqueline Danham (ed)

Singapore: Archipelago Press, 2003. First edition. Hardcover. Very Good/very good. 96 pages. Please see the scan of the contents page for further details. Weight: 0.9kg. Post free within Malaysia The dust jacket and cover have a little bit of rubbing around the edges. There are small stains on the publisher's page. The binding is tight and the text clear with no tanning throughout.

$53.51

Got Singapore: Bits & Pieces from a Dot in the World
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Got Singapore: Bits & Pieces from a Dot in the World

By Richard Lim

Singapore: Angsana Books, 2002. Paperback. Very Good. A collection of articles, originally published in the Straits Times, by a veteran Singaporean journalist. Lim is widely read, sharing a post colonial affinity with VS Naipaul, and so reveals a little more than one might normally expect in such a collection,both of himself and how he grew up with and was shaped by Singapore. 272 pages. . *This book is being sold to raise funds for the House of Hope, a home for tsunami orphans in Chennai, India. 80% of the net sale proceeds of this book will be donated to this charity.* Weight: 0.4kg. Post free within Malaysia There is a little bit of cover wear and a former owner's name written on the inside front cover. The binding is tight and the text clear with no tanning throughout.

$8.92

Criminal Intent: Stories from Changi Prison

By Wong Kim Hoh

Singapore: Marshall Cavendish Editions, 2009. Hardcover. Very Good. A collection of biographies of prisoners in Singapore's famous Changi Jail. Commissioned by the Singapore Prison Service, this book is probably intended to deter potential offenders by describing the commission of a series of crimes and the consequent punishment in popular story book form. 119 pages with a few descriptive photographs of what awaits similar offenders when they're caught. . *This book is being sold to raise funds for the House of Hope, a home for tsunami orphans in Chennai, India. 80% of the net sale proceeds of this book will be donated to this charity.* Weight: 0.5kg. Post free within Malaysia Although the outer edges of the pages look mildly tanned, this is probably by design of the publisher. The cover has mild wear and the text block is slightly dirty. The binding is tight and the text clear with no tanning throughout.

$33.44

Cousin June
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Cousin June

By Zheng Shuyin

Singapore: SNP International, 2004. Paperback. As New. A collection of recollected stories by the author's cousin. The stories bring to life the important role women played behind the scenes in a family whose members flowed between Penang, Singapore and Shanghai in the years before World War II. 127 pages.Weight: 0.5kg. Post free within Malaysia

$13.38

Ridzwan Dzafir
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Ridzwan Dzafir

By Ridzwan Dzafir

Singapore: Editions Didier Millet Pte Ltd , 2009. First edition. Hardcover. New/new. This autobiography charts the life of one of Singapore's more prominent Malay civil servants. Hardened by an unpriveleged start in life as the son of a road worker, he rose to take on important diplomatic roles such as the opening of Singapore's first diplomatic mission in Kuala Lumpur after Singapore's independence and become the first Director of Singapore's Trade and Development Board. 236 pages including 6 pages of monotone and colored pictures, appendix and index. Weight 0.9 kg. Post free within Malaysia.

$8.92

Unhurried Thoughts at My Funeral
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Unhurried Thoughts at My Funeral

By Catherine Lim

Singapore: Horizon Books, 2005. Reprint. Softcover. Very Good. The well known and award winning author makes a bit of a departure from her more popular writing by through a mix of fiction and autobiography imagines what mourners would be saying as she lies in her coffin. Of course, Lim uses enough of her wit to transform the experience into being philosophical, rather than depressing. 219 pages. Weight: 0.4.kg. * Post free within Malaysia. The book has a minor bit of cover wear, but otherwise looks new and unread.

$15.61