Buy a paperback from the Monsoon website and get the ebook edition for free. If you read ebooks for convenience or when travelling, but you want a physical book for the bookshelf as well, you can now get the ebook bundled free with the paperback edition. Add the ‘paperback + ebook’ edition to your cart …Read More about Get a free ebook with every paperback purchased!
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 bookshops in the UK and Ireland, including WHSmith, Waterstones, Blackwell, Easons, John Smith, Foyles and many independent stores. … 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 of the world in which digital hasn’t yet taken off. In talking with Monsoon Books Publisher Philip Tatham, we asked him to talk about his decision on DRM and to give us his overview of the ASEAN region, the population of which (some 600 million) exceeds those of both North … 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 of the collision of worlds and cultures.The story of Scottish Charlotte and Chinese Zhen, the lovers whose lives intertwine over twenty tumultuous years, stitched into the rich tapestry of mid 19th century colonial Southeast Asia. A story of ambition, greed, family … 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, and this year, Monsoon has created a beautiful limited edition boxset with new book jacket designs to entice new readers to this evocative series.Over the week we will be speaking with the author, Dawn Farnham, but we felt that first, the publisher, Phil Tatham, should let us … 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 racial tensions that pervade Malaysian society. Asrul is a fanatical yet naïve Muslim skinhead from small town Kedah, who finds escape in hardcore punk and aspires to life in the big city. After Asrul is recruited by friend Malik to join a neo-Nazi skinhead gang, the boys … 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 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 … 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 for Best Fiction title in the 2016 Singapore Book Awards organised by Singapore Book Publishers Association.Monsoon Publisher, Philip Tatham is delighted by the agreement, "I started reading an unedited manuscript of Bamboo Heart, the first in a WWII trilogy … 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 his decade-long tenure as a private detective in Thailand. … Read more about “Expat wives’ biggest fear in south-east Asia? Hubby running off with a bargirl”