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Areca Books Titles • Catalogue

Since Areca Books was founded in 2005, we have published about 30 titles (including a few republished titles). The following books are listed in chronological order.

Areca Books has also republished two titles by Khoo Salma Nasution, namely, The Streets of George Town Penang, (first published in 1993) which has sold more than 20,000 copies and Penang Postcard Collection (first published in 2003), a perennial favourite. We are proud to announce that The Chulia in Penang was shortlisted for the ICAS Book Prize, Best Study in the Humanities and won the ICAS Colleagues’ Choice Award in 2015. Areca Books is the first Malaysian publisher to have won this prestigious award organised by the International Convention of Asia Scholars (ICAS).

Beyond The Sea has been recognised with Tamil Literary Garden’s Translation Award. This award was announced on 19 April 2019.

A total of 11 books have been listed by the National Book Council as 50 Best Titles* for International Rights in 2011 and 2013.

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One-Legged Football and Other Stories

P. Lim Pui Huen
2020. Areca Books.
Hardcover, 15.87cm x 20.955cm, 104 pages
ISBN 9789675719417


The Cycle Empire: Reflections on Tibetan Culture

Eddy Izuwan Musa, Tristan Yap
2020, Areca Books
Hardcover, 17.78 cm x 25.4 cm, 200 pages
ISBN: 9789675719387

Living Art: The inspired lives of 14 Malaysian artists & their art practice

Emelia Ong
2020, Areca Books
Softcover, 20.3 cm x 26.6 cm, 136 pages
ISBN: 9789675719400


Creating Future-Proof Cities

Murali Ram & Rexy Prakash Chacko
2019, Areca Books
Softcover, 23.8 cm x 16.7 cm, 88 pages
ISBN: 9789675719394

Contested Space Revisited

Gwynn Jenkins
2019. Areca Books.
Softcover, 23cm x 15.3 cm, 480 pages
ISBN: 9789675719370

Nature Trails of Seberang Perai

Rexy Prakash Chacko
2019, Areca Books
Softcover, 5 in x 7 in, 120 pages
ISBN: 9789675719363

Mak Yong: World Heritage Theatre

Ghulam-Sarwar Yousof
2019, Areca Books
Hardcover, 9 in x 10 in, 160 pages
ISBN: 9789675719356


Beyond the Sea

P. Singaram, translated by R.Karthigesu

2018. Areca Books.

Softcover, 15.24cm x 22.86cm, 184 pages


ISBN: 9789675719349

Penang Nyonya Colouring Book

Harriet Lim
2017. Areca Books
Softcover, 29.7 x 21cm, 32 pages

Sutan Puasa, Founder of Kuala Lumpur

Abdur-Razzaq Lubis
2018. Areca Books
Hardcover, 24.8 cm x 20 cm, 648 pages, Illustrated
ISBN 9789675719332


The Resilience of Tradition

Shireen Jahn Kassim, Norwina Mohd Nawawi & Noor Hanita Abdul Majid
2017. Areca Books.
Flexi-bound cover, 24.2cm x 17.3cm, 296 pages
ISBN: 9789675719318

The Arts of Southeast Asia from the SOAS Collections

Farouk Yahya
2017, Areca Books
Softcover, 21.0 x 29.7 cm, 120 pages
ISBN 9789675719295

Memoirs of a Malaysian Eco-Activist

Gurmit Singh
2017. Areca Books.
Softcover, 15.23cm x 15.3cm, 112 pages
ISBN: 9789675719301

Penang and Its Networks of Knowledge

Hard cover: RM85
Soft cover: RM60

Peter Zabielskis, Yeoh Seng Guan & Kat Fatland (editors)
2017. Areca Books.
Softcover, 15.24cm x 22.86cm, 376 pages
ISBN 9789675719325


Wanderer to Brunei and Beyond

C.H. Gallop
2016. Areca Books.
Softcover, 21cm x 14cm, 142 pages
ISBN: 9789675719240

The Sustainability Shift: Refashioning Malaysia’s Future (2021 reprint)

Adnan A Hezri
First published in 2016 by Areca Books, reprinted in 2021
Softcover, 15.24cm x 22.86 cm, 240 pages
ISBN: 9789675719288

Sejarah Bergambar Seberang Perai / Province Wellesley, A Pictorial History

Khoo Salma Nasution
2016. Areca Books
200+ maps, photographs and illustrations
Soft cover. 20.3m x 25.3cm, 128 pages
ISBN 9789675719257


Gayatri Rajapatni: The Woman Behind the Glory of Majapahit

Soft Cover:  RM30
Hard Cover: RM40
Earl Drake
2015. Areca Books
22.86 cm x 15.24 cm, 160 pages
ISBN 9789675719219 (Hard cover)
ISBN 9789675719233 (Soft cover)

The Penang House and the Straits Architect 1887–1941

Jon Sun Hock Lim
2015. Areca Books
Hardcover. 24.6 cm x 24.9 cm, 208 pages
130+ colour photographs and architecture drawings
ISBN: 9789675719196

Redoubtable Reformer: The life and times of Cheah Cheang Lim

Francis Cooray & Khoo Salma Nasution
2015. Areca Books.
Hardcover, 23.6 cm x 15.8 cm, 248 pages
50+ photographs in colour & black/white
ISBN 9789675719202


Penang Hill Funicular Railway – Remembering an engineering feat 1923-2010

Ric Francis
2015. Areca Books
Hard cover. 26.1cm x 20.8cm, 112 pages
with colour photographs
ISBN: 9789675719189

Iversen: Architect of Ipoh and Modern Malaya

Ruth Iversen Rollitt
2015. Areca Books
Hardcover. 24.13 cm x 24.13 cm, 240 pages
280+ colour photographs
ISBN: 9789675719226


Traditional Trades of Penang 槟城老行业

Chin Yoon Khen
2014. Areca Books
Soft cover. 25.4 cm x 17.8 cm, 248 pages
Over 500 colour photographs
Language: Chinese & English
ISBN: 9789675719172

The White Crocodile’s Tale: My Memoirs

J.M.B. Hughes
2014. Areca Books
Hardcover, 26.5 cm x 18.6 cm, 304 pages
ISBN  9789675719127

The Chulia in Penang: Patronage and Place-Making around the Kapitan Kling Mosque, 1786–1957

Khoo Salma Nasution
2014. Areca Books
200+ maps, photographs and illustrations
Hardcover, 24.8 cm x 20 cm, 560 pages
ISBN 9789675719158


Rumah: An Ode to the Malay House

Tenas Effendy
2014. Areca Books
50+ illustrations in colour.
Hard cover. 27.3cm x 20.9cm, 112 pages
ISBN 9789675719134


Memories Of Dr. Wu Lien Teh: Plague Fighter

Wu Yu-lin
2016. Areca Books
Hardcover. 23.5cm x 24.5cm, 185 pages
Fully illustrated
ISBN 9789675719264

Living Pathways: Meditations on sustainable cultures and cosmologies in Asia

M. Nadarajah
2014. Areca Books.
Softcover, 22.86cm x 25.4cm, 184 pages
90+ colour photographs
ISBN: 9789675719097

Living Landscapes, Connected Communities: Culture, Environment and Change Across Asia

Justine Vaz, Narumol Aphinives.
2014. Areca Books.
Softcover, 24cm x 22.2cm, 372 pages
Over 470 colour photographs
ISBN: 9789675719110

Kearifan Tradisional Pulau Pinang

Chin Yoon Khen
2014. Areca Books
Soft cover. 25.4 cm x 17.8 cm, 248 pages
Over 500 colour photographs
Language: Bahasa Malaysia & English
ISBN: 9789675719165


My Days in the Sun

Mark Soo
2013. Areca Books.
Hardcover, 23.9cm x 16cm, 202 pages
ISBN 9789675719080

Penang: The Fourth Presidency of India 1805–1830, Volume One: Ships, Men and Mansions

Marcus Langdon
2013. Areca Books
Hardcover, 25.3cm x 20.6cm, 493 pages
150+ colour paintings, maps and engravings
ISBN 9789675719073

Penang Hokkien Dictionary (English-Hokkien)

Luc de Gijzel
2013. Areca Books
Soft cover. 15.4cm x 10.6cm, 322 pages
ISBN No: 9789675719103


Streets of George Town, An Illustrated Guide to Penang’s City Streets and Historic Attractions

Khoo Su Nin
2012 (first published in 1993). Areca Books.
Softcover, 21.8cm x 15.4cm, 187 pages
200+ colour photographs
ISBN 9789839886009


Heritage Trees of Penang (2015 reprint)

Simon Gardner, Pindar Sidisunthorn and Lai Ee May
First published in 2011 by Areca Books, reprinted in 2015
Hardcover, 27.3cm x 21.6cm,
397 pages, 1,200 colour photographs and 72 original watercolours
ISBN 9789675719066

Portraits of Penang: Little India

Photographs by Ooi Cheng Ghee
Text by Gareth Richards and Himanshu Bhatt

2011. Areca Books.

Hardcover with dust jacket. 27.3cm x 30cm, 212 pages
160 black and white images
ISBN 9789675719059


The Sara Saga

Manicasothy Saravanamuttu
2010. Areca Books
Hardcover. 22.3cm x 15.6cm, 292 pages 58 black & white illustrations.
ISBN 9789675719035

Perak Postcards 1890s-1940s

Abdur-Razzaq Lubis, Malcolm Wade & Khoo Salma Nasution
2010. Areca Books
Hardcover, 28.6cm x 26cm, 336 pages
575 postcards including some stationery and real photos
ISBN 9789675719011

Hail, Penang! Being the Narrative of Comedies and Tragedies in a Tropical Outpost, Among Europeans, Chinese, Malays and Indians

George Bilainkin
2010, Areca Books
Hardcover, 22.3cm x 15.6cm, 271 pages,
56 black & white illustrations.
ISBN 9789675719028

Also available for purchase as a Kindle eBook from Amazon.

Giving Our Best: The Story of St George’s Girls’ School, Penang, 1885-2010

Khoo Salma Nasution, Alison Hayes & Sehra Yeap Zimbulis
2010. Areca Books
Hardcover. 25.9cm x 25.5cm, 231 pages
500 black and white as well as colour illustrations
ISBN 9789675719042


Sun Yat Sen in Penang

Khoo Salma Nasution
2008, 2010. Areca Books
Softcover, 20.5cm x 12.3cm, 128 pages
over 120 illustrations

ISBN No. English 9789834283483

ISBN No. Chinese Simplified 9789834283490

ISBN No. Chinese Traditional 9789675719004


The Chinese in Penang: A Pictorial History 槟榔嶼华人:史图錄

Tan Kim Hong
October 2007. Areca Books
Hardcover, 28.8cm x 25.9cm, 235 pages
700 illustrations, black/white and colour
Bi-lingual (English and Chinese)
ISBN 9789834283476

Road To Dawn: Filming in Penang / 《夜‧明》槟城拍摄纪实

Goh Mai Loon & Khoo Salma Nasution
2007. Areca Books
Soft cover, 29 X 21 cm, 56 pages
Full colour, over 200 colour photographs
ISBN: 9789834283452


Tulila: Muzik Bujukan Mandailing

Edi Nasution
2007. Areca Books
Soft Cover, 24.1cm x 16.5cm, 180 pages.
ISBN: 9789834283445

Days Gone By: Growing Up in Penang

Christine Wu Ramsay
November 2007. Areca Books
Hardcover. 24.7 cm x 17.2 cm, 175 pages,
123 illustrations
ISBN 9789834283469


More Than Merchants: A History of the German-speaking Community in Penang 1800s-1940s

Khoo Salma Nasution
2006. Areca Books
Hard cover. 21.6 X 21.6 cm, 128 pages
170+ B/W and colour photographs
ISBN: 9789834283414

Penang Through Gilded Doors

Julia de Bierre & James Bain Smith
2006. Published by Areca Books, Penang
Hard cover. 26.1cm x 22.2cm, 149 pages
Over 500 colour photographs
ISBN: 9839834283421

Penang Trams, Trolleybuses and Railways

Ric Francis and Colin Ganley
2006. Areca Books Reprint
Hard cover. 26.1cm x 20.8cm, 111 pages
Over 200 colour photographs
ISBN: 9789834283407

Penang La Porte Des Secrets (French version of Through Gilded Doors)

Julia de Bierre & James Bain Smith
2006. Published by Areca Books, Penang
Hard cover. 26.1cm x 22.2cm, 152 pages
Over 500 colour photographs
ISBN: 9789834283438

Language: French