Friday, October 29, 2010


Travels in Malaysia
Edited by Tom Sykes & Tan May Lee
(MPH Publishing, March 2011)

From ethereal beaches to misty mountaintops, Malaysia is one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations. Every year, over twenty million visitors flock to Malaysia and are inspired by its immense diversity of cultures, traditions, species and terrains.

This anthology comprises stories of humour and adventure and danger, packed with sharp observations and poetic insights. Sini sana is Malay for ‘Here and there’. There are scary encounters with trees that seem to come alive, comic turns by a herd of elephants, and a child possessed by a Hindu god. Man battles nature, fending off octopi and mischievous monkeys. There is the possibility of romance on an island idyll and finding enlightenment on an ancient lake. Foreign visitors suffer culture shock as do Malaysian urbanites when they travel to the rougher, more boondocky parts of the country. These are stories of islands, jungles, shopping malls and exotic fruit. They speak of the rich textures and nuances of the past that have shaped the vibrancy of the present.

Here you will find the very best travel writing about Malaysia from twelve emerging voices, from British backpackers and Irish, Indian and Canadian expats to Malaysian travellers on road trips and backwater excursions. All of them come together with the most gripping first-person accounts to evoke the experience of being in Malaysia.

CONTRIBUTORS Robert M. Bradley, Sarah Cheverton, Damyanti Biswas, Lee Eeleen, Lee Yu Kit, Jason Moriarty, Subashini Navaratnam, Jennifer Stephen, Polly Szantor, Marc White, F.D. Zainal, Zhang Su Li

TOM SYKES has published short fiction and journalism around the world in such publications as GoNomad, Underground Voices, Taya Literary Journal, Screaming Dreams, Jupiter SF, Ruthless Peoples, Lunar Harvest, WeBooks, The Philippine Free Press and Quill. He co-compiled and -edited No Such Thing as a Free Ride? for Cassell Illustrated which was serialised in the London Times and named the Observer’s Travel Book of the Month. The latest book he co-edited is Fog in Channel ...?, a book that explores Britain’s relationship with mainland Europe, published by Shoehorn Publishing in the U.K. He is pursuing his PhD in Creative Writing at Goldsmiths College, University of London.

TAN MAY LEE has been published in anthologies such as Urban Odysseys and Body2Body. She has written for such publications as Management, Seni Hias, Heritage Asia and, The Star, Malay Mail and Quill.

MAY 2011 | NONFICTION TRAVEL | 5.15 x 7.75 | 240pp | ORIGINAL PAPERBACK | ISBN 978-967-5222-82-5 | e-ISBN 978-967-5997-79-2


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