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The Harmony Silk Factory

The Harmony Silk Factory
  • Author(s): Tash Aw
  • Location(s): Malaysia (Malaya)
  • Era(s): 1930s/1940s

Set in Malaysia in the 1930s and 40s, with the rumbling of the Second World War in the background and the Japanese about to invade, The Harmony Silk Factory is the story of four people: Johnny, an infamous Chinaman...

The Orientalist and The Ghost

The Orientalist and The Ghost
  • Author(s): Susan Barker
  • Location(s): Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (Malaya)
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1950s to modern

Malaya 1951, Christopher Milnar falls passionately in love with Chinese nurse Evangeline in a jungle resettlement camp – an affair that ends in tragedy when, under attack from Communist guerrillas, Christopher is betrayed, beaten and left for dead. Half...

The White Pearl

The White Pearl
  • Author(s): Kate Furnivall
  • Location(s): Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (Malaya)
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): WW2

Malaya, 1941. As the glamorous wife of a plantation owner, Connie Hadley appears to lead a pampered and comfortable life. But she is hiding devastating secrets that could destroy her marriage. Life is changed for ever on the day...

When the Future Comes Too Soon

When the Future Comes Too Soon
  • Author(s): Selina Siak Chin Yoke
  • Location(s): Ipoh
  • Genre(s): Historical, Fiction
  • Era(s): WW2

Following the death of their matriarch, the lives of Chye Hoon’s family are turned upside down. Now that the British have fled and the Japanese have conquered, their once-benign world changes overnight. Amid the turmoil, Chye Hoon’s daughter-in-law, Mei...

A Most Peculiar Malaysian Murder

A Most Peculiar Malaysian Murder
  • Author(s): Shamini Flint
  • Location(s): Kuala Lumpur
  • Genre(s): Crime
  • Era(s): Modern

First in the series – Detective Singh is sent to Kuala Lumpur to ensure that a Singaporean citizen accused of murdering her very wealthy Malaysian Chinese husband, gets fairly retreated by the Malaysian justice system.

Shouting From The Summits

Shouting From The Summits
  • Author(s): Kala Ramachandran
  • Location(s): Malaysia (Malaya)
  • Genre(s): Autobiography/Memoirs
  • Era(s): 1980s to present

‘Living proof that a stammer need not hold you back’. Leys Geddes Kala Ramachandran struggled with a stammer and it became so debilitating, she thought it would be with her her whole life. But then she embraced mountaineering. And...

A Malayan Affair

A Malayan Affair
  • Author(s): Rob Holley
  • Location(s): Malaysia (Malaya)
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Romance
  • Era(s): 1930s

The affair of the planter’s wife running off with her driver had been a burning topic in the British High Commission and clubs, and had even occupied several discreet paragraphs in the Straits Times … It is 1930s Malaya...

Among the White Moon Faces: An Asian-American Memoir of Homelands

Among the White Moon Faces: An Asian-American Memoir of Homelands
  • Author(s): Shirley Geok-lin Lim
  • Location(s): Malaysia (Malaya), United States (USA)
  • Genre(s): Autobiography/Memoirs
  • Era(s): 20th century

Shirley Geok-lin Lim’s memoir is a courageously frank and deeply affecting account of a Malaysian girlhood and of the making of an Asian-American woman. With insight, candor, and grace, Lim lays bare the material poverty and family violence of...

And The Rain My Drink

And The Rain My Drink
  • Author(s): Han Suyin
  • Location(s): Malaysia (Malaya)
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): 1940s/1950s

First published in 1956, Han Suyin’s 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...

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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