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Olivia and Sophia

Olivia and Sophia

Author(s): Rosie Milne

Location(s): Java, Malaysia (Malaya), Singapore, Sumatra

Genre(s): Fiction, Historical

Era(s): 19th Century

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Two audacious women; one remarkable man … When Raffles sets sail from the cold, damp confines of Georgian London to make his name and fortune in the tropics, he takes with him his new wife, Olivia, a raffish beauty...

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The Frangipani Year

The Frangipani Year

Author(s): Alexandra Harris

Location(s): Banda Aceh

Genre(s): Fiction

Era(s): Modern

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One year after the Indian Ocean tsunami, Angela finds herself flying into the devastated region of Banda Aceh as a researcher for the UN. Enthusiastic and committed, the young American woman arrives at a place swarming with young aid...

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Dark Horizons

Dark Horizons

Author(s): Dan Smith

Location(s): Sumatra

Genre(s): Thriller

Era(s): Modern

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After caring for his mother in her last days, Alex has gone off round the world – with no plan other than to travel and maybe recapture some of his lost youth. Beginning his travels in Indonesia, the idea...

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Jaipong Dancer

Jaipong Dancer

Author(s): Patrick Sweeting

Location(s): Sumatra

Genre(s): Fiction, Historical

Era(s): 1950s

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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...

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Saman

Saman

Author(s): Ayu Utami

Location(s): Sumatra

Genre(s): Fiction

Era(s): Modern

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Saman is a story filtered through the lives of its feisty female protagonists and the enigmatic “hero” Saman. It is at once an exposé of the oppression of plantation workers in South Sumatra, a lyrical quest to understand the...

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Bamboo Island

Bamboo Island

Author(s): Ann Bennett

Location(s): Bangka Island, Kuala Lipis, Penang, Singapore, Sumatra

Genre(s): Fiction, Historical

Era(s): 1930s, 1940s 1960s

Malaysia 1962: Juliet Crosby, a plantation owner’s wife, has lived a reclusive life on her Malaysian rubber plantation since the Second World War robbed her of everyone she loved. The sudden appearance of a young woman from Indonesia disrupts...

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East of India

East of India

Author(s): Erica Brown

Location(s): Sumatra

Genre(s): Fiction, Historical

Era(s): 1940-45

India, 1940. When Nadine learns that the Indian woman she thought her nanny is, in fact, her mother, she rebels against her English father and he arranges for her to be wed to an Australian merchant many years older....

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Hunting the Gugu

Hunting the Gugu

Author(s): Benedict Allen

Location(s): Sumatra

Genre(s): Travelogue

Era(s): Modern

From the vast island of Sumatra, Benedict Allen brings back the strangest of travellers’ tales concerning black-maned ape-men as Theodore Hull – octogenarian survivor of Japanese labour camps – entices him onto the trail of the Gugu. A tangle...

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