We are thrilled that two of our books will be featured at the Singapore Writers Festival this coming weekend. Rosie Milne (author of Olivia and Sophia plus her new book Circumstance) will be in conversation with Karien van Ditzhuijzen (author of A Yellow House) on the 11th November at 3.30pm at the Arts House Gallery …Read More about Authors event! Singapore Writers Festival
For our Australian readers, we have a brilliant event coming up with our author Tony Reid and his new book, Mataram. Please see below! 6pm Thursday November 15th at Asia Bookroom Tony Reid discusses his latest book in conversation with Jennifer Lindsay Mataram. A Novel of Love, Faith and Power in Early Java Seventeenth-century …Read More about Author event: Tony Reid in conversation with Jennifer Lindsay
In late summer we delighted to publish a new book – A Yellow House by Karien Van Ditzhuijzen. This is a poignant coming-of-age story, told in the voice of inquisitive Maya and explores the plight of migrant domestic workers in Singapore. The response was immediately very positive and we have had multiple requests for review …Read More about Focus on: A Yellow House by Karien Van Ditzhuijzen
Have you seen our newsletter? Each month we send out a newsletter that lets our readers know about new releases, events and goings on in the Monsoon Books world. You can look at our latest one here. We highlight the new books that we are publishing this month and also suggest a few summer reads …Read More about Take a bit of Monsoon away with you this July: New book releases for the summer
We are delighted to be publishing Twilight in Kuta by Davis Nesbit today! David, a teacher from the UK has lived in Indonesia for over 20 years and was inspired to write the book after realising that he had a story to tell. Twilight in Kuta explores love, loss and infidelity in present-day Indonesia from a …Read More about Twilight in Kuta by David Nesbit – our new release!
We were absolutely thrilled to discover that Nigel Barley’s Snow over Surabaya was voted to second place in the Asian Books Blog Book of the Year Award recently. The influential blog has been a great supporter to Monsoon Books over the past few years and we were overwhelmed to be told that voters had been …Read More about Snow over Surabaya in Book of the Year Awards!
We have partnered with Goodreads again to give our UK readers the opportunity to win a free copy of our new book, Island Secrets – Stories of Love, Lust and Loss in Bali. To enter, you just need to click on the link here which takes you to the Goodreads landing page. Or you can …Read More about Island Secrets Giveaway on Goodreads
We were thrilled to launch two books at the recent Singapore Writers Festival this month. Authors, Dawn Farnham (Finding Maria) and Suchen Christine Lim (The Man Who Who His Wife’s Sarong) attended a launch event which included reading and Q&A’s from the busy audience. It was a wonderful time. With thanks to SWF and Pansing …Read More about Success at the Singapore Writers Festival!
Monsoon are partnering with GoodReads to offer readers in the UK the chance to win one of 10 copies of our new book, Forbidden Hill (Singapore Saga, Vol.1.) by John D.Greenwood. The book can be described as a sweeping saga of historical fiction that spans the first 30 years of Singapore. ‘Brimming with memorable characters, this …Read More about Forbidden Hill is our new GoodReads giveaway
Last week we were thrilled to run a book bloggers tour concerning The Red Thread by Dawn Farnham. The tour consists of several blogs running reviews or pieces by the author on their respected blogs. It is a great way to showcase a book and the author. We loved the pieces that were posted including …Read More about The Red Thread book blog tour – what a week!
We are THRILLED that Singapore Love Stories has been nominated in the Popular Readers’ Choice Awards. Congratulations to everyone involved with the book. Please help us by voting for your preferred book here THANK YOU!!! You can also enter their competition by just choosing 3 books (we are hoping one of the three will …Read More about Singapore Love Stories shortlisted for the Popular Readers’ Choice Awards
Recently Monsoon has been collaborating with the wonderful organisation, The Book Fairies. Recently launched in Singapore, the “fairies” hide books in public spaces for anyone to pick up and enjoy. A global movement, there are fairies active in over 46 countries at the moment and more are being created. One of their most famous fairies is …Read More about Monsoon and The Book Fairies…
In March we released the last in the trilogy of titles from Ann Bennett’s thrilling series, Bamboo Road. To celebrate Monsoon Books held a launch event at the wonderful Daunt Books on Marylebone High Street, London, where Ann’s friends and family joined us to celebrate. Publisher Phil Tatham shared with us how on reading the …Read More about Bamboo Road blog tour – what a week!
Monsoon were delighted when Asian Review of Books recently reviewed the new release, Cigarette Girl. Reviewed by Rosie Milne, the book was described as thus: “Cigarette Girl provides fascinating glimpses of contemporary Indonesian social attitudes, and of Indonesian folklore and folk beliefs and provides a sustained, and brave, exploration of recent Indonesian politics and history.” To …Read More about Cigarette Girl…Indonesia in translation
This week sees the release of the final instalment of the Detective Hawksworth trilogy, Singapore Red. Monsoon publisher Phillip Tatham was instantly intrigued when he first came across the manuscript. As he says, “As a longtime resident of Singapore, I have always been interested in the history of the island and as a publisher I …Read More about Author of the Week: William L. Gibson
Monsoon Books proudly launched Singapore Love Stories at the Singapore Writers Festival on Saturday. We were delighted to see so many of the book’s contributors attend the launch and answer questions from the audience. The book has already generated brilliant reviews from Asian Review of Books, the South China Morning Post and The Finder. If …Read More about Singapore Love Stories – an exciting new release!
Monsoon recently listed a free book giveaway for Shaman of Bali on Goodreads (are you on there yet – it’s great!) and we were delighted by the response! The book is picking up a lot of interest and we are delighted with our readers’ responses. With this in mind, the author, John, has created this …Read More about Meet the Author – John Greet, author of Shaman of Bali
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!
“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!