Friday, June 26, 2009

And so it begins ...

The book has been written.

It's being laid out and proofed as I write.

And though we still haven't agreed on a cover yet, we do have an info sheet.

Here it is ... or, at least, part of it.

[It was nice that Lynn Pan so enjoyed it, since I think she writes beautifully.]



SINGAPORE: A BIOGRAPHY

“Singapore's past comes to life in this thoroughly engaging book ... a pleasure to read from start to finish!”
Lynn Pan, author of Sons of the Yellow Emperor

"A masterly combination of rich life stories, public history and cutting-edge historiography … greatly enjoyable.”
Tim Harper, Reader in Southeast Asian and Imperial History, University of Cambridge and author of Forgotten Armies and Forgotten Wars

“A very readable, well crafted work of popular history... should get wider attention well beyond our shores.”
Wang Gungwu, University Professor, National University of Singapore and Emeritus Professor, Australian National University

978-981-4217-62-0
July/August 2009
Readership: For the non-specialist with an interest in history, Southeast Asia and Singapore
400 pp,
240 mm x 170 mm, paperback

Description
Brimming with verve and dramatic incident, Singapore: A Biography offers a fresh look at the life story of this island city-state through the personal experiences of the workers, adventurers, rulers and revolutionaries who have shaped its history over the last seven centuries. The authors, drawing on research undertaken in collaboration with the National Museum of Singapore, have woven together ancient chronicles, eyewitness accounts, oral histories and even modern radio and television broadcasts to create a compelling narrative that brings the past back to life. Grounded in scholarship yet fired by the imagination, this book reveals the Singapore story to have been as rich, diverse and multilayered as the city-state is prosperous, ordered and successful today.

Highlights
  • Eyewitness accounts and personal perspectives capture Singapore’s major historical turning-points
  • Boxed inserts reveal the stories behind the National Museum of Singapore’s collection
  • Lavishly illustrated with more than 300 prints, paintings and photographs

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