Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Meet-the-Author: Robert Wang

There will be a Meet-the-Author event with Robert Wang, author of Walking the Tycoons' Rope, on Friday, 6 July 2012 at 7:00pm.

Robert Wang was born in Ningbo. Shortly after his birth his parents moved to Shanghai by crossing the Hangzhou Bay at the mouth of the Yangtze River and from there eventually emigrated to Hong Kong. He is a solicitor by training and, like many of his clansmen from Ningbo, an entrepreneur at heart. He founded the firm of Robert W.H. Wang & Co., Solicitors & Notaries, in the late 1970s and grew it to be one of Hong Kong’s largest, with offices also in Singapore and London. He is an Honorary Fellow of Queen Mary of London University, his alma mater.

Walking the Tycoons’ Rope 

How ambition drove a poor boy from Ningbo to compete with the richest men of Hong Kong and Singapore

Robert Wang fled the Chinese civil war at the age of five and came to Hong Kong with nothing. The colony was a harsh place in the 1950s and 1960s. But he was determined to rise to the top – and through hard work and resolve, he got there. The law firm he founded grew into the city’s fifth largest.  Robert’s rags-to-riches story offers a rare look inside the unimaginably wealthy world of Hong Kong’s property tycoons – men such as Li Ka-shing, Cheng Yu-tung and Lee Shau-kee – but also, as he tells the tale of four generations of his family, we learn that it is the traditional values of tolerance, filial piety and loyalty which endure.

Friday, 6 July 2012, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Select Books
51 Armenian Street

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Books on Childhood Education and Early Learning

Here are five titles on childhood education, early learning and how to nurture healthy, happy children.

Too Much, Too Soon? Early Learning and the Erosion of Childhood edited by Richard House. How to nurture young children's well-being and learning to reverse the erosion of childhood? In twenty-three hard-hitting chapters, leading educators, researchers, policy makers and parents advocate alternative ways ahead for slowing childhood, better policy-making and, above all, the 'right learning at the right time' in children's growth - learning when they are developmentally ready.

The Genius of Natural Childhood: Secrets of Thriving Children by Sally Goddard Blythe. 55% of parents admit they never read to their child. Toddlers watch 4.5 hours of TV daily. So Sally Goddard Blythe draws on neuroscience to unpack the wisdom of nursery rhymes, playing traditional games and fairy stories for healthy child development. Young children love creative play, stories, nursery rhymes and games. These are not only good fun, but are also good for the brain. Sally explains why movement matters and how games develop children's skills at different stages of development. She offers a starter kit of stories, action games, songs and rhymes.

You are your Child's First Teacher by Rahima Baldwin Dancy. This book is about what parents can do with and for their children from birth to age six. Rahima Dancy warns against rushing children through childhood. She advocates a "slow parenting" revolution which will allow children to develop at their own pace, and crucially, will help parents discover confidence in their own ability to parent and enjoy the magical first five years of raising a child. This book will help parents to understand their child's unique personal, mental, soul and physical needs at each stage of development; nourish their child's imagination with simple, home-made toys and materials; enjoy storytelling, arts, crafts, and musical activities with their child; create their own family rituals to ease the daily routine; and value their own ability to understand and care for their child. With bibliography and index.

What Babies and Children Really Need by Sally Goddard Blythe. This book examines the crucial early years from a child's perspective. It sets out the cornerstones which underpin the making of healthy, happy children, including how good pre-conceptual and pre-natal care prepares the ground for healthy child development; how events during birth can affect later educational achievement; why mother, movement and music are the 3 Ms of pre-school education; the importance of "rough and tumble" play for emotional and social development; and the special and essential roles of mothers and fathers. With bibliography and index.

The Well Balanced Child: Movement and Early Learning by Sally Goddard Blythe. The Well Balanced Child is a passionate manifesto for a "whole body" approach to learning which integrates the brain, sense, movement and play. This fully revised edition includes a new chapter on what parents can do to help children reach their full potential, physically and mentally. This practical, inspirational resource will help parents and educators to understand why movement matters; how music helps brain development; the role of nutrition in brain and child growth; and how to help children with learning and behavioural problems. With index.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Asian Cookbooks

These are recent additions to our collection of delectable books on Asian cooking:

Food Made With Love From The Love Kitchen by Absolute Sanctuary. The recipes in this book are lifted from the menu of The Love Kitchen, the in-house restaurant of Absolute Sanctury, a wellness and detox boutique resort in Koh Samui. The 60 recipes in this book cater to every category of healthy eating - for those who want a cleansing diet, others who want to eat healthy but are not inclined to go vegetarian and just just lovers of good food venturing to go green for a change. The book was conceived in response to an overwhelming demand from guests on how to prepare their favourite dishes from The Love Kitchen.

Growing Up in a Nonya Kitchen: Singapore Recipes from My Mother by Sharon Wee, Sharon. This memoir-cum-cookbook is a treasure store for would-be nonya cooks. An account of the author's family background in pre-World War II Singapore and the way of life of similar traditional Straits Chinese families introduces memories of her mother's hands-on Peranakan cuisine. Illustrated descriptions of ingredients and implements used introduce the 130 illustrated recipes for the increasingly sought-after Peranakan dishes. With archival photographs and index.

Curries: Essential Recipes edited by Gina Steer. Curries caters to your desire for fantastic flavours and a spicy kick. With a lengthy list of delectable dishes, this book provides mouthwatering recipes from around the world, including Malaysian Beef Satay and Caribbean Chicken Curry, grouped by meat, poultry, fish and vegetables. The Vegetables section also contains examples of delicious accompaniments that will enhance your meal, from samosas to raita. Whether you opt for the Pork Vindaloo or the Mung Bean Curry, the clear step-by-step photography and text will allow for an easy cooking experience.

Chefs of the Margaret River Region by Sue-Lyn Aldrian-Moyle and Lisa Hanley. Margaret River - a place that immediately conjures a vision of world-class wine, beautiful surroundings and an almost endless supply of quality dining rooms. Featuring the profiles and a recipe from each of nineteen acclaimed chefs from the region, this book not only takes you on a culinary journey but also shares with you the natural beauty of the region.

Lemongrass and Ginger: Vibrant Asian Recipes by Tan Leemei. This attractively produced hardback offers illustrated recipes from all over Asia to the not very experienced home cook. A section discusses basic methods, the creation and use of 20 spice pastes, and cooking rice. The personal experience of the author rings through the book.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Time Talisman Series in the News

Don Bosco, author of our children's fantasy ebook series Time Talisman, was interviewed in a Business Times article on 15 June 2012 titled: "Kids' books: No child's play".

This is an excerpt from the article:
[...]and Don Bosco's varied career included stints as a magazine editor, television writer and lecturer.

"I wasn't focused on any one of them in particular, so it doesn't feel like a career switch; more like my 'current thing', " says Mr Bosco, 41. "Mid last year I met up with a publisher at Select Books to discuss another book idea. But he persuaded me to develop a fantasy series for children, set in Singapore. And my kids agreed with the idea. So that became our Time Talisman series, with two books so far: The Secret of Monk's Hill and Newton's Curse," he adds. 

"Along the way, one opportunity led to another, and I ended up devoting more and more of my time to this. The result today is what you see at my website, I have to admit that I'm just making it up as I go along," he confesses. "But I can't bear to stop."

Read the full article here.

The Secret of Monk's Hill is currently featured on the home page of

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Books on Bronzes

This is a selection of books on bronzes:

Maclean Collection, The: Chinese Ritual Bronzes by Richard Pegg and Zhang Lidong. The MacLean Collection: Chinese Ritual Bronzes is the first in the series of books related to the MacLean Collection. This book is arranged chronologically and covers three major historical periods of Chinese bronze history, the Shang, Zhou and Han dynasties, primarily with bronzes manufactured in the central plains of China. Much of the comprehensive information is presented visually through photographs, drawings and rubbings. This exquisite book is sold in a slipcase.

Khmer Bronzes: New Interpretations Of The Past by Emma C. Bunker and Douglas Latchford. This book explores the ways in which the Indic gods appeared on the Khmer sacred landscape, together with new bronze-casting techniques adapted by Khmer artisan metalworkers. These techniques enabled the production of large-scale bronzes in anthropomorphic form to fulfill the sacred requirements of the newly arrived beliefs. Examining the econographic, stylistic, and technical features of khmer imagery in light of many new interpretations of the historical past, the authors seek to provide new understanding of the sacred bronzee imagery. This has long been overshadowed by scholarly emphasis on temples and sandstone imagery.

Gods Of Angkor: Bronzes From The National Museum Of Cambodia edited by Louise Allison Cort and Paul Jett. Gods of Angkor: Bronzes from the National Museum of Cambodia celebrates the accomplishments of Khmer bronze casters and their perfection of skill and aesthetic expression over nearly two millennia. A key focus of the book and exhibition is the museum's Metals Conservation Laboratory, which was designed and equipped with guidance from the Freer and Sackler Galleries' Department of Conservation and Scientific Research. Highlights include the first project to be undertaken by the new laboratory - the treatment of an important cache of seven early Buddhist bronze images, including two works from China, that vividly represent the interactions of artistic styles and religious traditions in Cambodia in the sixth and seventh centuries. Discovered in 2006, the seven newly conserved images will be presented outside Cambodia for the first time in the Gods of Angkor exhibition.

Ancient Chinese Bronzes From The Shouyang Studio: The Katherine And George Fan Collection edited by Peter Lam et al. This volume accompanied the 2008 Shanghai Museum exhibition of ancient Chinese bronzes from the Katherine and George Fan Collection of New York. The seventy artefacts exhibited include very early items, the earliest from the Late Xia (18th-16th BCE) period and the most recent from around the first century CE. Each exhibit is presented with photographs, line drawings and background information. Bilingual in Chinese.

Chola: Sacred Bronzes Of Southern India by Vidja Dehejia et al. Between the 8th and 13th centuries, the Chola dynasty was the dominant cultural, artistic, religious and political force in southern India. The bronze representations of Shiva and other Hindu gods are the most spectacular objects that they created. This extensively illustrated book is the catalogue of an exhibition which ran from November 2006 to February 2007 at the Royal Academy of Arts. Over 40 of these exquisite objects were shown. Full-page illustrations and lavish details of the works reveal the beauty of these sensational and technically brilliant cast bronzes. Three essays by leading experts explore how and why these bronzes came to be made and the role they played within Hinduism and Chola culture.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Books on Japan

This is a selection of titles from our collection of books on Japan:

Japanese Law by Hiroshi Oda. This book presents the only English language, up-to-date, and comprehensive reference to Japanese law. It covers a wide range of topics, from the fundamentals of the Japanese legal system to the Civil Code, which is the cornerstone of private law in Japan and business related laws in a comprehensive manner. The author presents the current state of Japanese law in operation by referring to numerous cases and the latest discussions. Since the last edition in 1999, Japanese Law, in almost every area, has undergone substantial reform, all of which is reflected in the new text. In particular, the new edition contains the first comprehensive analysis of the new Company Law and the Financial Instruments and Exchange Law.

Modern Japan: A History in Documents by James L. Huffman. Employing a wide range of primary source materials, Modern Japan: A History in Documents, Second Edition, provides a colourful narrative of Japan's development since 1600. A variety of diary entries, letters, legal documents, and poems brings to life the early modern years, when Japan largely shut itself off from the outside world. A picture essay highlights the tumultuous decade and a half following the arrival of Commodore Matthew Perry and the U.S. Navy in 1853, which led to unprecedented changes and a new government. The dramatic rush to modernity in the late 1800s and early 1900s--accompanied by Japan's entry into the imperialist rivalry--is seen through travel accounts, novelists' recollections, and imperial rescripts, while editorial cartoons and prison memoirs recount the early twentieth-century rush, first toward pluralism, then toward war. Japan's recovery after defeat in World War II and its emergence as a vibrant democracy with the second largest economy in the world is chronicled through records as diverse as a funeral eulogy, a comic book description of Adam Smith's economic theories, and an e-journal interview. The documents are woven together in a scintillating narrative that brings to life one of the world's most remarkable national stories. The second edition includes an updated introduction with a note on sources and interpretation and 25 new documents including new evidence of Japanese imperialism, especially its expansion into Korea; the role of minorities in modern society; and events since the mid-1990s. There are additional editorial cartoons from the Meiji and Taisho eras, rare photos, archival maps, as well as excerpts from fiction and other literature, and updated further reading and website lists.

Art of Edo Japan: The Artist and the City 1615-1868 by Christine Guth. This beautifully illustrated survey examines the art and artists of the Edo period, one of the great epochs in Japanese art. Together with the imperial city of Kyoto and the port cities of Osaka and Nagasaki, the splendid capital city of Edo (now Tokyo) nurtured a magnificent tradition of painting, calligraphy, printmaking, ceramics, architecture, textile work, and lacquer. As each city created its own distinctive social, political, and economic environment, its art acquired a unique flavor and aesthetic. Author Christine Guth focuses on the urban aspects of Edo art, including discussions of many of Japan's most popular artists-Korin, Utamaro, and Hiroshige, among others-as well as those that are lesser known, and provides a fascinating look at the cities in which they worked. With index.

Japan and Japanese People: Views from a Transcultural Perspective - A Joint Project of Doshisha University and Eberhard Karls University Tubingen edited by Osamu Hattori and V. Eschbach-Szabo et al. This volume contains papers from a workshop on transcultural studies. The papers analyze Japan and Germany, including the exchange of ideas and cultural forms, mutual influence, and independent development in an age of globalization from different disciplines and perspectives.

Getting Genki in Japan: The Adventures and Misadventures of an American Family in Tokyo by Karen Pond and illustrated by Akiko Saito. Lively drawings enhance the anecdotes of the mother of a small American family new to the demands of daily life in Tokyo. Fortunately she emerges from social errors and disasters - and her coping strategies - with smiles. These and her rueful jokes bring laughs to the reader.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Meet-the-Author: Kee Thuan Chye

Here are photos from the first event at our Armenian Street bookstore - a Meet-the-Author session with Kee Thuan Chye, author of the bestselling No More Bullshit, Please, We're All Malaysians.