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Black Water Sister

Black Water Sister
  • Author(s): Zen Cho
  • Location(s): Penang
  • Genre(s): Fantasy, Magical Realism
  • Era(s): Modern

This mischievous Malaysian-set novel is an adventure featuring family, ghosts and local gods – from Hugo Award winning novelist Zen Cho. Her grandmother may be dead, but she’s not done with life . . . yet. As Jessamyn packs...

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,...

Evening Is the Whole Day

Evening Is the Whole Day
  • Author(s): Preeta Samarasan
  • Location(s): Malaysia (Malaya)
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): early 2000s

‘A magical, exuberant tragic-comic vision of post-colonial Malaysia reminiscent of Rushdie and Roy. In prose of acrobatic grace, Samarasan conjures a vibrant portrait, by turns intimate and sweeping, of characters and a country coming of age. The debut of...

Joss and Gold

Joss and Gold
  • Author(s): Shirley Geok-lin Lim
  • Location(s): Malaysia (Malaya)
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1969

At the center of this engaging “un-love” story is Li An, a smart and strong-willed Malaysian woman of Chinese descent. The conflicts that surround Li An in the politically charged atmosphere of Kuala Lumpur in 1969 intersect with her...

Kaya’s Heart Song

Kaya’s Heart Song
  • Author(s): Diwa Tharan Sanders, Nerina Canzi (illustrator)
  • Location(s): Malaysia (Malaya)
  • Genre(s): Children
  • Era(s): Modern

Age range 3 to 9 Let me tell you a secret – if you have a heart song, anything is possible. Even magic! Kaya is looking for her heart song – the song that happy hearts sing. Her search...

Kebaya Tales

Kebaya Tales
  • Author(s): Lee Su Kim
  • Location(s): Penang
  • Genre(s): Short Stories
  • Era(s): Contemporary

Kebaya Tales is a delightful collection of short stories, teeming with fascinating and interesting characters, unexpected twists and turns, cultural rituals, beliefs and superstitions and poignant events in the life stories of the Peranakans. Lee Su Kim’s book brings...

Nazi Goreng

Nazi Goreng
  • Author(s): Marco Ferrarese
  • Location(s): Malaysia (Malaya)
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Present day

Nazi Goreng is a disturbing story of one young Malay man’s coming-of-age in the big city and offers a stunning portrait of the racial tensions that pervade Malaysian society. Asrul is a fanatical yet naïve Muslim skinhead from small...

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...

Out in the Midday Sun

Out in the Midday Sun
  • Author(s): Margaret Shennan
  • Location(s): Malaysia (Malaya), Singapore
  • Genre(s): Autobiography/Memoirs, Historical
  • Era(s): 1880 - 1960

The story of British Malaya and Singapore, from the days of Victorian pioneers to the denouement of independence, is a momentous episode in Britain’s colonial past. Through memoirs, letters and interviews, Margaret Shennan chronicles its halcyon years, the two...

Out of Sight

Out of Sight
  • Author(s): Martin Granger
  • Location(s): United States (USA), Kazakhstan, Malaysia (Malaya), Spain, United Kingdom
  • Genre(s): Thriller
  • Era(s): Modern

When rogue junk collides with a television satellite 22000 miles into space cosmologist Harry Stones approaches film director Nathalie Thompson to make an investigative documentary. Undeterred by Harry’s lack of sight, their quest leads them from the peaks of...

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