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

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