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Railroad of Death

Railroad of Death
  • Author(s): John Coast
  • Location(s): Singapore, Malaysia (Malaya), Thailand
  • Genre(s): Historical, Autobiography/Memoirs
  • Era(s): WW2

A bestseller in 1946, Railroad of Death is the first and best account of forced labour on the Burma Railway. John Coast was a young officer in the Norfolk Regiment who was taken prisoner at the Fall of Singapore...

The Malayan Trilogy

The Malayan Trilogy
  • Author(s): Anthony Burgess
  • Location(s): Malaysia (Malaya)
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1950s

This trilogy – “Time for a Tiger”, “The Enemy in the Blanket” and “Beds in the East” – relate the story of race relations in post-war Malaysia on the cusp of independence. Burgess had served in the colonial service, and...

Cry of the Flying Rhino

Cry of the Flying Rhino
  • Author(s): Ivy Ngeow
  • Location(s): Johor, Borneo
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Crime
  • Era(s): 1995 - 2006

CRY OF THE FLYING RHINO is set in 1996 Malaysia and Borneo, told from multiple viewpoints and in multiple voices. Malaysian Chinese family doctor Benjie Lee has had a careless one night stand with his new employee – mysterious,...

The Christmas Holiday

The Christmas Holiday
  • Author(s): Maxine Morrey
  • Location(s): Florida, India, London, Malaysia (Malaya), Scotland
  • Genre(s): Humour, Romance
  • Era(s): Contemporary

As winter comes to London, journalist Mia Walker is desperately hoping for her big break as a travel writer, dreaming of exotic locations and sun-soaked beaches. When she’s invited to write a romantic travel piece that ends in a...

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 Harvest of Thorns

A Harvest of Thorns
  • Author(s): Corban Addison
  • Location(s): Bangladesh, Dhaka, Malaysia (Malaya), Virginia, Washington DC
  • Era(s): Modern

A beloved American corporation with an explosive secret. A disgraced former journalist looking for redemption. A corporate executive with nothing left to lose. In Dhaka, Bangladesh, a garment factory burns to the ground, claiming the lives of hundreds of...

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...

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...

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...

Our Man in Malaya

Our Man in Malaya
  • Author(s): Margaret Shennan
  • Location(s): Malaysia (Malaya)
  • Genre(s): Biography, Historical
  • Era(s): WW2

When the Japanese invaded Malaya during the Second World War, it seemed that John Davis service in the country had come to an end. But nothing could have been further from the truth. Davis switched from the Federated Malay...

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