Out in the Midday Sun

Margaret Shennan | Monsoon Books | 2015

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The story of British Malaya and Singapore, from the days of Victorian pioneers to the denouement of independence, is a momentous episode in Britain’s colonial past. Through memoirs, letters and interviews, Margaret Shennan chronicles its halcyon years, the two World Wars, economic depression and diaspora, revealing the attitudes of the diverse quixotic characters of this now quite vanished world. The British came as fortune-seekers to exploit Asian trade shipped through Penang and Singapore. They found a mature Asian culture in a land of palm-fringed shores and primeval jungle. Like modern Romans, they built townships, defences, communications and hill stations, they spurred a rivalry between the fledgling commercial centres of Singapore, Penang and Kuala Lumpur, and they superimposed their law and established an idiosyncratic political system. They also developed the tin and rubber of the Malay States, encouraging Chinese and Indian immigrants by their open-door policy. The outcome was a vibrant multi-racial society – the most cosmopolitan in the East.

ISBN: 9789814625319

Page Count: 496

Year Published: 2015

Language: English

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The story of British Malaya and Singapore, from the days of Victorian pioneers to the denouement of independence, is a momentous episode in Britain’s colonial past. Through memoirs, letters and interviews, Margaret Shennan chronicles its halcyon years, the two World Wars, economic depression and diaspora, revealing the attitudes of the diverse quixotic characters of this now quite vanished world. The British came as fortune-seekers to exploit Asian trade shipped through Penang and Singapore. They found a mature Asian culture in a land of palm-fringed shores and primeval jungle. Like modern Romans, they built townships, defences, communications and hill stations, they spurred a rivalry between the fledgling commercial centres of Singapore, Penang and Kuala Lumpur, and they superimposed their law and established an idiosyncratic political system. They also developed the tin and rubber of the Malay States, encouraging Chinese and Indian immigrants by their open-door policy. The outcome was a vibrant multi-racial society – the most cosmopolitan in the East.

ISBN: 9789814625319

Page Count: 496

Year Published: 2015

Language: English

Margaret Shennan

Monsoon Books

Monsoon Books is a Singapore-registered award-winning independent publisher of English-language books and ebooks on Asia, with its editorial office at Burrough Court in the UK. Monsoon publishes fiction (literary and commercial) and nonfiction (biography and autobiography, true crime, food and drink, history, travelogues and current affairs) with Asian themes. It publishes quality books from outstanding writers the world over and has several regional bestsellers to its name.
Monsoon’s titles have been translated into various languages and have been adapted for TV.

Monsoon’s publisher divides his time between Singapore and the UK, and Monsoon exhibits at major international book fairs; to arrange an appointment to meet a representative of Monsoon Books at London, Beijing or Frankfurt, please email the publisher.

Monsoon Books offers an exciting, innovative and distinctive alternative to commercial publishing; its mission is to be unique—to find new talent and put publishing in Asia at the heart of the literary world.

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