Biography – Memoirs are the backstairs of history

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This book is a biographical tale based on the life of a women simply known as Gowri. Subtitled A Biographical Tale about a Spirited Resilient Malaysian Indian Women, it is a narrative of her trials and tribulations, her joys and sorrows, the event that she shared with her children and those vividly recalled by her family.

Sun Yat Sen in Penang
As a young revolutionary, Dr. Sun Yat Sen travelled widely and lived among the Chinese communities abroad, including Japan, North America and Southeast Asia. He mobilized the overseas Chinese with the dream of saving the Chinese nation. This book tells the story of how the Second Guangzhou Uprising, a turning point of the 1911 Chinese Revolution, was planned from a place 2,400 km away – in Penang in present-day Malaysia.

Iversen: Architect of Ipoh and Modern Malaya
Iversen: Architect of Ipoh and Modern Malaya, is a biography of the Danish architect B.M. Iversen (1906–1976). It is illustrated with hundreds of original photographs, building plans and original paintings by the architect.

I, KKK: The Autobiography of a Historian
I, KKK: The Autobiography of a Historian is the authorised story of Khoo Kay Kim, a formative and controversial figure in the field of Malaysian history.

Memoirs of a Malaysian Eco-Activist
How did environmental activism begin in Malaysia? Who were the key players back in the 1970s, when the international community was just starting to notice climate change? Does the name Gurmit Singh ring a bell among Malaysians today? If it does, well and good. If it doesn’t, the timely arrival of the autobiographical Memoirs of a Malaysian Eco-Activist will give due recognition to one particular man’s labour of love and his service to the environment and the community.

Doris van der Stratten
Doris van der Stratten died in August 1943, having either fallen or been pushed from an upper-floor window of the Japanese military police – Kempetei – headquarters in central Kuala Lumpur following three days of interrogation. She was a 39-year old Australian housewife and the mistress of a senior ranking Japanese military officer.

Unsung Patriot: Memoirs of Wong Pow Nee
Unsung Patriot: Memoirs of Wong Pow Nee is a record of Pow Nee’s impeccable journey in writing national history – rising from humble beginnings as a farmer and school teacher to public office as the first Chief Minister of Penang from 1957 to 1969.

One Man’s Will: A Portrait of Dato’Sir Onn bin Ja’afar
Without question he is the outstanding Malay leader, with qualities of courage, constructive thought and action and statesmanship which command attention. At the same time, he is a person of considerable attraction and charm, and I am only one of many Europeans who feel affection as well as admiration for him.

Redoubtable Reformer: The Life and Times of Cheah Cheang Lim
Growing up during the era of British colonial expansion in Malaya, Cheah Cheang Lim believed that economic progress should yield the fruit and flower of social progress. He was born to a Penang Hokkien family in Taiping and started out as a postal assistant on the Perak frontier.

Memories of Dr. Wu Lien Teh: Plague Fighter
Memories Of Dr. Wu Lien Teh: Plague Fighter is a pictorial biography of one of the most illustrious sons of Malaysia. Dr Wu Lien-teh (1879-1960) was a distinguished scientist and Cambridge-trained Chinese physician who, at the age of 31, was sent to Manchuria in the severe winter of 1910 to fight the terrifying pneumonic plague which then threatened the world and claimed a death-toll of 60,000 victims.

The Sara Saga
Manicasothy Saravanamuttu – ‘Sara’ to all and sundry – was a truly remarkable witness to and participant in the tumultuous transition of Asia from colonial rule through the travails of war to the eventual attainment of independent nationhood. Written with great panache this revised edition of The Sara Saga offers a unique glimpse into history in the making.

William Farquhar & Singapore
William Farquhar & Singapore reveals new and sometimes startling insights into the achievements and personalities of both men, and explains why Farquhar has been overlooked for so long. Venerated by contemporary Bugis, Chinese and Indians for his character and accomplishments, Major General William Farquhar maintained that he was largely responsible for Singapore’s rapid growth and commercial success.

Tunku: An odyssey of a life
Tunku – An Odyssey of a Life Well-Lived and Well-Loved convincingly states that there is little doubt over the significant role played by Tunku Abdul Rahman in Malaysia‘s history. lt studies Tunku’s life from his childhood, education and his eventful adulthood to his political ups and downs, his struggles as a private citizen and his enormous contributions to the nation, the Malays and lslam.

My Days in the Sun
In My Days in the Sun, a distinguished radiologist presents a candid self-portraits of his 40 years. Mark Y.S. Soo was born in 1933 into a Cantonese family who divided their time between business interest in Malaya and Hong Kong.

Days Gone By: Growing up in Penang
Growing up in a house full of amahs, Christine Wu Ramsay describes her childhood in the Straits Settlement of Penang, beginning with how her great-grandfather became a mining magnate and Vice Consul of China. Using over a hundred photographs from her family album, she portrays a way of life and philosophy where the practice of polygamy and the ownership of bondmaids were accepted facets of life.

Hail Penang!
Into this scene came a young journalist, George Bilainkin – witty, confident, acerbic and iconoclastic – appointed by chance as editor of Penang’s lively English-language newspaper The Straits Echo in 1929. Through a series of engaging sketches and reflections he discloses a wonderfully compelling portrait of Penang, its personalities and its environs.

Those were the days
Those Were The Days filled with joy, laughter and good memories. This collection comprises 50 short stories set in Malaysia during the 1950s to the 1970s. Carefully constructed and delivered with a lot of heart, these uplifting stories are still relatable until today.

Wanderer to Brunei
Wanderer to Brunei is the fourth book from the pen of a writer known as ‘Pengembara’. It has been eagerly awaited by readers of three previous titles which describe journeys in Brunei Darussalam and the Malaysian Borneo territories of Sabah and Sarawak.

The White Crocodile’s Tale
These are the memoirs of J.M.B. Hughes, a celebrated teacher and headmaster who taught in the schools of Malaya from 1948 to 1963. John Michael Broome Hughes (1917–2011) was born in Oxfordshire, the son of a vicar.

Gayatri Rajapatni
Gayatri Rajapatni: The Woman Behind the Glory of Majapahit by Earl Drake imaginatively re-creates Gayatri’s world, placing her at the centre of Majapahit’s great history. Rich in historical detail and dramatic prose, Drake’s story sheds light on one of Indonesia’s forgotten leaders, and one of its most powerful kingdoms.