Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Books on Myanmar

These are recently published books on Myanmar:

Myanmar's Transition: Openings, Obstacles and Opportunities edited by Nick Cheesman; M. Skidmore and T. Wilson. With the world watching closely, Myanmar began a process of political, administrative and institutional transition from 30 January 2011. The 2011 Myanmar/Burma update conference considered the openings offered by these political changes and media reforms and the potential opportunities for international assistance. Obstacles covered include impediments to the rule of law, the continuation of human rights abuses, the impunity of the Army, and the failure to end ethnic insurgency.

Politics of Silence: Myanmar's NGOs’ Ethnic, Religious and Political Agenda by Lois Desaine. This IRASEC study of NGOs in Myanmar is based on primary sources mainly, contacts and interviews in 2010 and 2011. Part 1 explores religious and ethnic dimensions of Myanmar NGOs including the emergence of an active Myanmar civil society and the 2008 impact of cyclone Nargis. Part 2 looks at the power and legitimacy of NGOs and their activities at higher, central and local levels. After two case studies in Kachin State, perceptions of the NGOs in the ongoing period of political transition are discussed. Their permanent presence on the Myanmar scene is affirmed. Bibliography.

Informal Trade and Underground Economy in Myanmar: Costs and Benefits by Winston Set Aung. This ground-breaking IRASEC study presents carefully researched perspectives on the sensitive subject of Myanmar's informal/illegal cross border trade and other movements of goods and people between the five adjacent countries. Case studies and interviews and other surveys of many of the parties involved form the basis of the Myanmar-centric study which focuses on the trade and population movements themselves and on the associated costs and benefits. Most of the research was done in cross-border areas involving China and Thailand and the migrant flows mainly from Myanmar to Thailand. Case studies and recommendations for action are included. With graphics, tables, black-and-white photographs and bibliography.

History of Myanmar since Ancient Times: Traditions and Transformations by Michael Aung-Thwin and Maitrii Aung-Thwin. The Republic of the Union of Myanmar, known amongst English speakers as Burma, is often characterised as a place of repressive military rule, civil war, censorship and corrupt elections - and despite recent attempts to promote tourism to this little-known country, few people visit this region of Asia. In A History of Myanmar since Ancient Times, Michael Aung-Thwin and Maitrii Aung-Thwin take us from the sacred stupas of the plains of Bagan to the grand, colonial-era British mansions, revealing the storied past and rich culture of this country. The book traces the traditions and transformations of Myanmar over nearly three millennia, from the relics of its Neolithic civilisation to the protests of Buddhist monks in the early 20th century, the colonial era of British rule and the republic that followed. The authors also consider the present-day life, culture and society of the largest country in mainland Southeast Asia and examine the 2010 elections - its first in over 20 years. The most comprehensive history of Myanmar ever published in the English language, this book makes a significant contribution to our understanding of Southeast Asian history and will surprise, challenge and inform in equal measure.

Abhaya: Burma's Fearlessness by James Mackay. The struggle for reform and democracy in Burma (Myanmar) continues. The now released Aung San Suu Kyi introduces this gallery of 244 photo portraits of Burmese former political prisoners, now scattered throughout the world, who show their support of 244 still-incarcerated prisoners whose names are inscribed on the palms of their raised right hands. The photo gallery is being exhibited in New York and Washington until 2013 by the Open Society Institute.

Friday, December 21, 2012

Books on Porcelain and Ceramics

These are recent additions to our collection of titles on porcelain and ceramics:

Porcelain: Highlights of Auctioned Chinese Antiques by Fang Zhaoyuan. The five volumes in this series of books are on: Jade Ware, Porcelain, Bronze Ware, Chinese Classical Furniture and Bamboo Wood Ivory and Horn. Each volume consists of Overview and Plate, and generally introduces the culture of collection, together with investment trends for various antiques. The Plate section handpicks more than 150 antiques with the highest strike price and exquisite pattern from tens of thousands of competitive products auctioned over the last 10 years.

Chinese Art: A Guide to Motifs and Visual Imagery by Patricia Bjaaland Welch. A knowledge of the meaning or significance of figures and symbols depicted in artwork adds of course to the understanding of the beholder. China's artefacts over the ages have been rich in symbolism. This extensively illustrated and volume unlocks what the artist wants to convey by figures and symbols in artefacts in porcelain, textiles, carvings, paintings and sculpture. Separate chapters deal with: flowers and plants; fruits, vegetables and seeds; minerals; birds; real and imaginary creatures; children; single and grouped human figures; deities; religious symbolism; and inanimate objects. With 600 colour insets, addresses of collections, bibliography, and glossary/index.

Yasuhisa Kohyama: The Art of Ceramics by Susan Jefferies and Michael Cunningham. Yasuhisa Kohyama's masterly ceramics are inspired by the ancient Shigaraki, Jomon and Yayoi ceramics of Japan. Using the distinctive Shigaraki clay and a wood-firing anagama kiln, he has created modern ceramic vessels and sculpture, which are vigorous and new, but timeless in their beauty.

Inspired by Japan and China: The Egawa Collection of European Ceramics. This book showcases a collection of European ceramics donated by Mr. and Mrs. Toshio Egawa to the Asian Civilisation Museum. Produced mainly in the 18th century in English and European kilns, these wares reflect Japanese and Chinese influence. Gain insight into the development of ceramics production in the West and how its products were inspired by patterns and shapes of the Japanese and Chinese originals. Also discover the interactions between East Asia and Europe on ceramic art and the economic exchanges that set the stage for these cultural cross-currents.

Korean Buncheong Ceramics from the Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art by Lee Soyoung and Jeong Seung-Chang. Bold, sophisticated, engaging, and startlingly modern, Buncheong ceramics emerged as a distinct Korean art form in the 15th and 16th centuries, only to be eclipsed on its native ground for more than 400 years by the overwhelming demand for porcelain. Elements from the Buncheong idiom were later revived in Japan, where its spare yet sensual aesthetic was much admired and where descendants of Korean potters lived and worked. This innovative study features 60 masterpieces from the renowned Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art in Seoul, as well as objects from The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and presents current scholarship on Buncheong's history, manufacture, use, and overall significance. The book illustrates why this historical art form continues to resonate with Korean and Japanese ceramists working today and with contemporary viewers worldwide.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Event: Meet-the-Author - Lakshmi Narayan

Photos from the Meet-the-Author event with Lakshmi Narayan, author of Bonsai Kitten, on Tuesday, December 18, 2012.






Saturday, December 15, 2012

Event: Meet-the-Author - Lakshmi Narayan, author of Bonsai Kitten

Leadstart Publishing and Select Books are pleased to invite you to a Meet-the-Author event with Lakshmi Narayan, author of Bonsai Kitten, on Tuesday, December 18, 2012 at 7:00pm at Select Books.

About Lakshmi Narayan
Lakshmi Narayan began her career as a journalist with the Times of India group. She was editor of Flair and Eve’s Weekly, before relocating to Singapore, where she wrote extensively for international publications. Lakshmi now lives in Mumbai with her husband Arun and her two gorgeous rescued dogs – Donna and Tiger.

About Bonsai Kitten
I’m nothing but a bonsai kitten! thought Divya despairingly.

Bonsai kitten – a pervert’s contention that just as plants can be stunted, so can living beings. And wasn’t that the guiding principle behind procuring a suitable girl? Catch her young when she is malleable like playdough, so she can be twisted and mangled to your liking. This way, she knows her place and stays there. At the lowest stratum. But little does Divya suspect that the Cosmic Jester – that celestial imp who specializes in tripping up humans – has other plans for her. Plans that include a roller-coaster ride from Delhi to Mumbai to Singapore, with tears and laughter, betrayal and friendship, loss and rebirth, as her companions. And through it all, she would have to fence with that master puppeteer to reclaim her destiny.

Date
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
7:00pm

Place
Select Books
51, Armenian Street, Singapore 179939
Tel: 6337 9319



Event: Talk on Mistletoes

Photos from the Talk on Mistletoes, by Francis Lim, author of The Singapore Mistletoe Story: An Expose of a Botanical Marvel, on Saturday, December 8, 2012.





Thursday, December 6, 2012

Event: Meet-the-Author - Tim Hannigan, author of Raffles and the British Invasion of Java

Select Books is pleased to invite you to a Meet-the-Author event with Tim Hannigan, author of Raffles and the British Invasion of Java, on Saturday, December 15, 2012, at 5:00pm.

About Tim Hannigan
Tim Hannigan’s first journey in Indonesia – through the outer reaches of Nusa Tenggara at the height of the wet season a decade ago – was the start of an enduring fascination, and he soon returned to live and work in Java, first as a teacher, and then as a journalist and photographer.

The research for Raffles and the British Invasion of Java took him from the depths of the India Office Archives in the British Library in London to the byways of Yogyakarta, and saw him wrestle with reels of microfilm and with rough mountain roads between towering volcanoes.

Tim Hannigan divides his time between his native Cornwall and Indonesia. He writes regularly on travel, history and culture, and takes photos for, various newspapers and magazines in Asia including the Jakarta Post, the Jakarta Globe and Asian Geographic Magazine.

His first book, Murder in the Hindu Kush: George Hayward and the Great Game, a biography of a mysterious and ill-fated Victorian explorer was published in 2011 and was shortlisted for the Boardman Tasker Prize for Mountain Literature.

About Raffles and the British Invasion of Java
On a hot August afternoon in 1811 an army of 10,000 British redcoats splashed ashore through the tropical shallows off Batavia to conquer the Dutch colony of Java.  They would remain there for five turbulent years.

Told in full for the first time, this is the gripping story of how the British attempted to bring the full force of European colonialism to a tropical island where Muslim sultans claimed descent from Hindu gods.  It is also the story of the man who presided over that attempt – Thomas Stamford Raffles, destined for future fame as the founder of Singapore.

Drawing on both British and Javanese archive sources, this book explores the bloody battles and furious controversies that marked British rule in Java, and reveals Raffles – long celebrated as a liberal hero – in a shocking new light, showing how he crushed dissent, looted palaces, and incited massacres to further his own insatiable ambitions. 

"... a vivid portrait ... a gripping narrative..." - The Straits Times

Date
Saturday, December 15, 2012
5:00pm

Place
Select Books
51, Armenian Street, Singapore 179939
Tel: 6337 9319

Monday, December 3, 2012

Event: Book Launch of Volcanoes of Indonesia

Photos from the book launch of Volcanoes of Indonesia: Creators and Destroyers, published by EDM Books, on Friday, November 30, 2012 at 7:00pm at Select Books.






Friday, November 30, 2012

Event: Face-to-Face with Pankaj Mishra

Select Books
is pleased to invite you to meet
Pankaj Mishra
on
Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at 7:00pm

About Pankaj Mishra
Pankaj Mishra is a renowned writer and intellectual, and a regular presence in the pages of publications such as The New York Review of Books, The New Yorker, The London Review of Books and The Guardian. His books, which include An End to Suffering: The Buddha in the World, Butter Chicken in Ludhiana: Travels in Small Town India, The Romantics and Temptations of the West: How to Be Modern in India, Pakistan, Tibet, and Beyond, have received wide global acclaim. His latest work From the Ruins of Empire: The Revolt against the West and the Remaking of Asia has just been published to rave reviews:

“Subtle, erudite and entertaining”–The Economist

“Enormously ambitious but thoroughly readable, this book is essential reading for everyone who is interested in the processes of change that have led to the emergence of today’s Asia”—Amitav Ghosh, Wall Street Journal

“In his brilliant new book Pankaj Mishra reverses the long gaze of the West upon the East, showing modern history as it has been felt by the majority of the world’s population from Turkey to China. These are the amazing stories of the grandfathers of today’s angry Asians. Excellent!” —Orhan Pamuk

“Compelling…Invaluable..Its detailed and rigorous historical emphasis..stands in stark contrast to some of the more superficial instant analyses of what the ‘rise of Asia’ might mean for the world”—Rana Mitter, Times Literary Supplement

“Deeply researched and arrestingly original…this penetrating and disquieting book should be on the reading list of anybody who wants to understand where we are today”—John Gray, Independent

About the Moderator
The event will be moderated by Simon Long.

Simon Long is the Banyan Columnist and former Asia Editor for The Economist, based in Singapore and is leading journalist and commentator on the Asia region. In his column, he touches on many of the critical issues shaping Asia’s future, including economic and political integration, climate change and competition for resources. He was previously the Asia Editor for The Economist based in London, and before spent an extended period posted in New Delhi with the newspaper, where he is still very well respected as a writer on India and its economy. He is the author of various Economist surveys on Asia, India, China-India, Indonesia, Hong Kong and Online Finance.

Date and Time
Wednesday, December 5, 2012, 7pm

Place
Select Books
51 Armenian Street, Singapore 179939

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Event: Talk on Mistletoes by Francis Lim, author of The Singapore Mistletoe Story

Select Books is pleased to invite you to a Talk on Mistletoes by Francis Lim, author of The Singapore Mistletoe Story on Saturday, December 8, 2012 at 3:00pm.

Not many people are aware that a unique family of plants, the mistletoes, can be found in tropical Singapore. Francis Lim, a former curator of zoology at the Singapore Zoo and nature lover, began his study of the mistletoes in 2008. He will uncover the mistletoe magic and their colourful lives in his talk, and touch on the myths and legends surrounding these semi-parasitic plants as well as their purported medicinal value. He will also relate his many encounters and adventures in his quest to find some of the elusive mistletoes, and summarize the distribution of the 8 mistletoe species currently existing in Singapore, of which several are critically endangered.

He will also talk about the many small communities of animals that rely on the mistletoes for food and shelter, ranging from mammals, birds to numerous invertebrates. Lastly, Francis will touch on the general status of the mistletoe conservation, and how one can collect, preserve and display mistletoe specimens, which will be valuable for the garden hobbyists and botany classes.

About Francis Lim
Francis Lim is, foremost, a zoologist at heart, having spent almost four decades working in the zoology department at the Singapore Zoo. Though he retired in 2010, his passion for all things of Nature remains undiminished as he pursues his dream of writing and conducting outreach programs for educational institutions in Singapore. Francis has published a number of scientific papers and articles in journals and magazines as well as several books, including Once a Zookeeper.

About The Singapore Mistletoe Story
The Singapore Mistletoe Story is an account of a personal quest to seek out and document the varieties and lives of mistletoes. It is a journey of discovery of the many fascinating features of this enduring species—their semi-parasitic nature, where they are found, how they reproduce and the myriad remarkable communities whose lives have become intertwined with it.  The author’s numerous mistletoe-spotting adventures present an infectious read. Lavishly illustrated with nearly a hundred pictures, this volume is like a botanical novel. Gardeners, field botanists, teachers and students will find it a valuable and fruitful addition to their collection.

Date and Time
Saturday, 8 December 2012
3:00pm

Place
Select Books
51 Armenian Street
Singapore 179939
Tel: 6337 9319




Event: CakapHeritage - Let’s Talk About Heritage!

Photos from CakapHeritage - Let’s Talk About Heritage!, jointly organised by Singapore Heritage Society and Select Books, on Sunday, November 25, 2012, at 3:00pm at Select Books.





Saturday, November 24, 2012

[Select Conversations] Sudhir Thomas Vadaketh and Sharon Siddique

In Select Conversations, two (or more) authors and thinkers engage each other and the audience on books and related topics. Come join us for a thought-provoking and interesting experience in this free-flowing and spontaneous session.

The first Select Conversations features Sudhir Thomas Vadaketh and Sharon Siddique, two keen observers of Southeast Asia.

Sudhir is Senior Editor with the Economist Intelligence Unit. A Singaporean, he spent six years at Berkeley and Harvard. His literary and research interests are about the way grand political and social systems influence ordinary people's lives, their worldviews, and their interactions with each other. He has written for a variety of publications, including The Economist and The Straits Times. His first book, Floating on a Malayan Breeze, was published in 2012 and has drawn excellent reviews for its observations about Singapore and Malaysia.

Sharon is a noted authority on religion and social issues in Southeast Asia and has published extensively on these and other topics. Formerly Deputy Director of the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, she now consults for governments and business enterprises. Her latest book - Batam: Whose Hinterland? - has just been published. 

She has over 35 years of experience in research and analysis of critical issues on Southeast Asia and her works include not just influential academic texts but also popular books on local heritage. Her recent books include Southeast Asia: The Diversity Dilemma, Mind the Gaps: Singapore Business in China, and Singapore Shifting Boundaries: Social Change in the 21st Century.

Date
Saturday, 1 December 2012
Time: 4:00pm

Place 
Select Books and Cafe 
51 Armenian Street
Singapore 179939
Tel: 6337 9319


Book Launch: Volcanoes of Indonesia

Editions Didier Millet and Select Books are pleased to invite you to the book launch of Volcanoes of Indonesia, on Friday, November 30, 2012 at 7:00pm at Select Books.

About Volcanoes of Indonesia
As part of the Ring of Fire, Indonesia is home to some of the world’s most active volcanoes and Volcanoes of Indonesia pays tribute to these mighty forces that have dramatically determined the landscape of Indonesia.
Combining the poignant images of Carl-Bernd Kaehlig with the prose and poems of Andrew Wight and Chris Smith, this beautiful photo album showcases the many faces and moods of the volcanoes as well as the life that revolves around them. From sunset and sunrise scenes of brooding volcanoes to tortured rock formations shaped by centuries of erosion, from steaming lakes and craters to isolated flowering plants in sheltered niches, sacred mountain temples and bathing places, this awe-inspiring album will strike a chord in all who respond to the allure of the mystical and the sublime.

About the Photographer
Carl-Bernd Kaehlig was born in Hannover, Germany, in 1951 and has lived in Indonesia for about 19 years. His interest in outdoor photography started with a backpacking tour through South-east Asia in 1977. His photographs have appeared in group and single exhibitions in Germany and Indonesia. He has also contributed travel photo essays to magazines such as Silver Kris, the Singapore Airlines inflight magazine, and Garuda, the inflight magazine of Garuda Indonesia Airlines. The combination of his keen interest in photography with his love for hiking resulted in this photo book on Indonesian volcanoes. His other photo books are Chinatown Rhythm & Blues on Singapore’s Chinatown and Art in Hindsight: Indonesian Truck Paintings. 

Date
Friday, November 30, 2012
7:00pm

Location
Select Books
51, Armenian Street
Singapore 179939
Tel: 63379319


Friday, November 23, 2012

Architecture Titles from Selections 110

Selections 110, the latest issue of our monthly catalogue of new titles, has just been released. This is a selection of titles on architecture from it:


The Splendid Chinese Garden: Origins, Aesthetics, and Architecture by Hu Jie. This wide-ranging study of the history, styles and significance of Chinese gardens is by the international authority who designed Beijing's Olympic Park. The traditions and beliefs which underpin the layout and contents of China's classic gardens are explored, living examples of ancient and modern gardens in Northern and Southern China are described and discussed with some 300 photographs and layout plans. With an illustrated glossary, list of overseas Chinese gardens, bibliography, dynastic chronology and index.

Talking Architecture: Interviews with Architects by Hanno Rauterberg, Hanno. Here such distinguished figures as Cecil Balmond, Norman Foster, Frank Gehry, Zaha Hadid, Philip Johnson, Rem Koolhaas, Daniel Libeskind, I. M. Pei, and others offer a wide-ranging assortment of perspectives on contemporary architecture and the architects' roles in shaping the state of the art today. Each interview focuses on the unique contributions of its subject, and is accompanied by images of their most important works. With a no-holds-barred approach the author obtains interesting details about their ideas on architecture in general, from where they get their inspiration to what formative experiences led them to become architects in the first place.

The New Asian City: Three-Dimensional Fictions of Space and Urban Form by Jini Kim Watson. Under Jini Kim Watson's scrutiny, the Asian Tiger metropolises of Seoul, Taipei, and Singapore reveal a surprising residue of the colonial environment. Drawing on a wide array of literary, filmic, and political works, and juxtaposing close readings of the built environment, Watson demonstrates how processes of migration and construction in the hypergrowth urbanscapes of the Pacific Rim crystallize the psychic and political dramas of their colonized past and globalized present. Tracing the way newly constructed spaces-including expressways, high-rises, factory zones, and department stores-become figured within cultural texts, The New Asian City explores how urban transformations were rationalized, perceived, and fictionalized. Watson shows how literature, film, and poetry have described and challenged contemporary Asian metropolises, especially around the formation of gendered and laboring subjects in these new spaces. She suggests that by embracing the postwar growth-at-any-cost imperative, they have buttressed the nationalist enterprise along neocolonial lines. The New Asian City provides an innovative approach to how we might better understand the gleaming metropolises of the Pacific Rim. In doing so, it demonstrates how reading cultural production in conjunction with built environments can enrich our knowledge of the lived consequences of rapid economic and urban development.

Casa Boholana: Vintage Houses of Bohol by Erik Akpedonu and Czarina Saloma. This is a historico-architectural illustrated study of vintage houses of several traditions and in different state of repair on the island of Bohol, Central Philippines. Some 500 homes form the basis of the study. Part 1 looks at the methodology and data of the architectural survey and factors governing the nature and distribution of Boholano houses since the early 19th century. Part 2 features 300 of the 508 houses identified, with inset colour photographs, construction details, and relevant social profiles. With glossary, bibliography and index.

Zen Gardens: The Complete Works of Shunmyo Masuno, Japan's Leading Garden Designer by Mira Locher. Shunmyo Masuno, Japan's leading garden designer, is at once Japan's most highly acclaimed landscape architect and an 18th-generation Zen Buddhist priest, presiding over daily ceremonies at the Kenkoji Temple in Yokohama. This beautiful book, illustrated with more than 400 drawings and color photographs, is the first complete retrospective of Masuno's work to be published in English. It presents 37 major gardens around the world in a wide variety of types and settings.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Books on Marine Biology, Birds and Plants

This is a small selection of titles from our Nature shelf:

Guide to Freshwater Phytoplankton in Singapore Reservoirs by Wong Yueat Tin; Lim Yin Mei et al. The Science Centre and Public Utilities Board have together produced this pocket guide to the freshwater phytoplankton found in Singapore reservoirs. These are present in any sunlit freshwater; microscopic in size they are of great importance as environmental monitors, indicating water change and pollution levels. They are also used to absorb heavy metals, and in sewage conversion. Magnifiers have produced these photographs of some 80 species cyanobacteria, green algae and other groups. With glossary, references, and species index.

A Guide to Snails and Other Non-Marine Molluscs of Singapore by Tan Siong Kiat; Chan Sow Yan et al. The widely used Science Centre/BP series of pocketbooks now includes this guide to local snails and other non-marine molluscs. After an illustrated introductory section on identification, on gastropods, their sub-groupings and their basic ways of life, scientific details and illustrations are given for some 55 terrestrial gastropods of various sub-species, some 15 aquatic gastropods and 6 bivalves. With glossary and index of scientific names.

Naturalist's Guide to the Birds of Borneo - Sabah, Sarawak, Brunei and Kalimantan by Wong Tsu Shi. This handy guide to the birds of Borneo gives background information on the geography and vegetation of this the world's third largest island, and guidance on national park and nature reserves of particular interest to naturalists. Details are then given of 280 of the 643 bird species recorded in Borneo. An inset colour photo with notes on appearance, distribution, habits and habitat is given for each species plus local and scientific names. With distribution and global status list, sketch maps, reading and resource list, and index.

Bulbophyllum of Sulawesi by Jaap Vermeulen and Peter O'byrne. Bulbophyllum of Sulawesi is a scientific revision of the 123 species and 4 subspecies of Bulbophyllum that are found in Sulawesi. It contains descriptions of all 127 taxa, and illustrates the majority of them with colour photographs, line drawings, or both. The book is organised into sections according to the latest developments in orchid taxonomy; 24 Bulbophyllum sections are represented in Sulawesi. Keys to the sections and species are provided. There is a chapter on the biogeography of Sulawesi and chapters dealing with the island's forests and orchid habitats. Unlike many orchid books which are dependent on recycling old material, Bulbophyllum of Sulawesi is the product of original research and fieldwork. This is how 60 of the species in this book came to be discovered during the course of this investigation.

Singapore Biodiversity: An Encyclopedia of the Natural Environment and Sustainable Development by Peter K.L. Ng; Richard T. Corlett et al. Amidst Singapore's glistening urban landscape there is an amazing diversity of life - wildlife that continues to thrive and flourish in spite of multiple threats to the island's fragile ecosystem. This groundbreaking encyclopedia represents the first-ever comprehensive guide to nature in Singapore and is written by the city's foremost authorities on the natural environment, who describe in detail more than 40,000 species of flora and fauna that make up the island's biodiversity. The encyclopedia comprises two parts: the first is a fine collection of essays outlining issues relating to biodiversity, ecosystems and sustainability; the second part of the book is a comprehensive A-Z directory of over 1,500 entries, covering virtually every known organism found in Singapore. This unique reference work is not only academically rigorous - based as it is on the latest cutting-edge data and fieldwork - but its richly illustrated presentation is eminently suitable for a wider, non-specialist readership.