Bamboo Heart and Bamboo Island – parts one and two of the Bamboo trilogy by Ann Bennett have been quietly admired since they were respectively published. Readers have praised these all-absorbing novels, set against the backdrop of World War II in Southeast Asia, and Bamboo Heart went on to win “Best Fiction published in Asia, …Read More about Author of the Week: Ann Bennett
We are huge fans of Trip Fiction at Monsoon – their method of reviewing books by location is the perfect way to find a book you didn’t know you had to read. This is such a great opportunity for small publishers to get their titles noticed and we are deeply grateful that they chose to …Read More about Trip Fiction highlights Monsoon Books!
We were delighted to read Rosie Milne’s (author of Olivia & Sophia) interview in Bookish Asia this week. With the anniversary of Raffles birth on the 6th July, this interview highlights the leading ladies in his life. Rosie explains the level of research she explored to bring to life these amazing women and to get …Read More about Rosie Milne interview in Bookish Asia
“Modern Malaysian fiction either looks back at its colonial past, or tries to mock Western genres. I’d like to see a bit more of self-reflection and more powerful, exciting writing.” In the second part of our interview with Marco Ferrarese, we discuss the shock and surprise when after two years of being published, Nazi …Read More about Author of the Week: Marco Ferrarese – part 2!
“Revolution is not made by wearing T-shirts with slogans…” In 2013, Monsoon Books was thrilled to publish Marco Ferrase’s eye-opening debut book, Nazi Goreng. Captivating and, at times, brutal, the book was well received by both critics and readers. However, in 2015, the Malaysian Government deemed the content inappropriate and banned bookstores in Malaysia from …Read More about Author of the Week: Marco Ferrarese
Monsoon Books publisher Philip Tatham pens an article in the June 2016 issue of the Beam about Monsoon Books and why it specialises on books about Southeast Asia. Download PDF here.
Do check out the new website of the UK’s National Book Tokens. You can now buy personalised book tokens as presents. The new website enables people to upload photos of friends and family and leave a personalised message for the gift receiver (and even add book recommendations). National book token are accepted in most major …Read More about National Book Tokens Get Personal
Roger Tagholm talks to Monsoon Books publisher, Philip Tatham, in Publishing Perspectives. Monsoon Books, a publisher of titles on Southeast Asia based in Singapore and the UK, is taking a different stance on Digital Rights Management (DRM). It’s opting for a more open approach in a bid to boost its ebook sales in a part …Read More about Publishing Perspectives: Philip Tatham on ASEAN
This week we have mentioned that The Red Thread, the first instalment in Dawn Farnham’s The Straits Quartet is available for free from iBooks. After hearing from Monsoon’s publisher, we thought we would ask the author a few questions as well! Can you describe The Straits Quartet to your new readers? This is the story …Read More about Author of the week: Dawn Farnham
This week, iBooks will be highlighting The Red Thread by Dawn Farnham – the first in the series of “The Straits Quartet” that Monsoon is proud to publish. The book will be offered for free download from iBooks, with the second instalment, The Shallow Seas, at half price. The books were originally published in 2007, …Read More about Spotlight on: The Straits Quartet by Dawn Farnham.
To mark the occasion of World Press Freedom Day 2016, Monsoon invites all Malaysians and friends of Malaysia to take a look at Marco Ferrarese’s novel Nazi Goreng, currently banned in Malaysia. 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 …Read More about World Press Freedom Day 2016
“Out in the Midday Sun” by Margaret Shennan is reviewed in Shiny New Books by Rob Spence. “This is a well-researched, detailed and engrossing study of the British presence in the Malay peninsula and Singapore from its beginnings in the late nineteenth century to independence in 1957, ” writes Spence. “Shennan’s technique in this absorbing …Read More about “Out in the Midday Sun: The British in Malaya 1880-1960” reviewed in Shiny New Books
Monsoon Books has sold the audio rights for Ann Bennett’s novel, Bamboo Heart – the first in a trilogy of novels set in prisoner-of-war camps on the Death Railway. Oakhill Publishing has taken world English audio rights, via Adrian Weston Literary Agency, and will be releasing in Autumn 2016. Bamboo Heart has also been shortlisted …Read More about Monsoon sells audio rights in Bamboo Heart by Ann Bennett
Monsoon author and former Bangkok private eye Warren Olson is quoted in The Telegraph (UK) in an amusing article on expat men and Bangkok bargirls by Rosie Milne. Olson is the author of “Confessions of a Private Eye” (ebook £3.99) and “Thai Private Eye” (ebook £3.99), both fascinating collections of Olson’s true case files during …Read More about “Expat wives’ biggest fear in south-east Asia? Hubby running off with a bargirl”
Good to see Singapore publishers Periplus, EDM, Marshall Cavendish International (Asia) and Monsoon mentioned in The Guardian today. We wish Mike Stoner all the best with his new book, Jalan Jalan.
President Obama and the Peanuts gang get some free publicity and an image boost by being placed next to Monsoon in today’s The Bookseller e-newsletter going out to members of the UK book trade.
Monsoon has arrived. A mention in The Bookseller magazine, UK’s business magazine of the book industry since 1858, is all the proof we need that we are officially open for business in the UK. Well, we better get to work then … look out for some fantastic new releases in the UK this Spring, including …Read More about The Bookseller
You know the situation in Malaysia is bad when Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim declares support for his arch nemesis Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad in an effort to rid the country of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak! We wish Anwar good luck. Read the history between Anwar and Dr M in “Anwar Ibrahim” by …Read More about Anwar Ibrahim declares support for his arch nemesis Dr M.
This is your last chance for UK deliveries to arrive by Sunday 6 March. Treat Mum to a copy of “Olivia & Sophia” by Rosie Milne this Mother’s Day. Buy the paperback (£8.99) and get the ebook bundled FREE. Give the paperback to Mum and read the ebook yourself! (Free delivery within the UK.) • …Read More about Mother’s Day, UK (Sunday 6 March 2016
Rosie Milne, author of “Olivia & Sophia”, lists ten things readers may not know about her in Female First, UK. 1) I am from London, but I am now an expat; I currently live in Singapore. Raffles founded the city in 1819, and it was because I live here that I first became interested …Read More about ‘Ten things I’d like readers to know about me’ by Rosie Milne