“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 history is to use as far as possible the testimony of the ordinary British people who came to Malaya and worked to establish industry, commerce and infrastructure in what had been, hitherto, a largely undeveloped land. This decision means that we are frequently presented with the authentic voice of the participants in what were often momentous events.” Get the ebook for free when you buy the paperback (£8.99) direct from Monsoon. You can even have the paperback sent to a friend and read the ebook yourself! Free delivery in the UK (£3.50 for all non-UK deliveries).