About Ian Burnet
Very early on in his life, Ian Burnet knew he was destined for a life of adventure. Growing up in a small isolated country town in his native Australia instilled in him an obsessive ambition to get out of town a fast as possible.
After graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology and Geophysics from the University of Melbourne in 1966, he resolved to see the rest of the world, starting work as a geologist on some of the first off shore oil field explorations in Indonesia.
Along the way, the young man became intrigued with the fascinating history of this maddeningly complex country. In 2011, Ian published Spice Islands , a history of the archipelago’s spice trade. Following up on his successful first book, he wrote East Indies. Ian presently organizes sailing voyages to Maluku, the original spice islands of Dutch colonial history. He shared his story with Tempo contributor, Bill Dalton.
See more details about these books on the author website: www.ianburnetbooks.com
About East Indies
East Indies begins in the port city of Malacca, and tells the story of the 200-year struggle between the Portuguese Crown, the Dutch East India Company and the English East India Company for trade supremacy in the Eastern Seas.
It follows the rise of the world’s first joint stock and multinational trading companies and their conversion to huge colonial states ruling over millions of people in Indonesia, India and Malaya.
The book documents the founding of the historic port city of Batavia (Jakarta) and concludes with the founding of the modern port cities of Singapore and Hong Kong.
Date and Time
Saturday, 9th November 2013, 3:00pm
Select Books, 51 Armenian Street, Singapore 179939
Tel: (65) 6337 9319