Taxi Tales On A Crooked Bridge
by Charlene Rajendran
ISBN: 9789834359676
Price: SGD17.00 (w/o GST)
Non-Fiction - Paperback
Matahari Books

Matahari Charlene Rajendran is one of many Malaysians who lives in Singapore, and she chooses not to own a car. This book chronicles her conversations with some of the 'driving philosophers' she has met on the hundreds of taxi rides she has taken. Ethnicity, gender, nationhood, religion and more are discoursed in short trips across the island state.

The Mammoth Book of Cover-Ups
by Jon E. Lewis
ISBN: 9781845296087
Price: SGD24.00 (w/o GST)
Non-Fiction - Paperback
Constable & Robinson

Everything your rulers never wanted you to know and you were afraid to ask

Jon E. Lewis explores the 100 most terrifying cover-ups of all time, from the invention of Jesus’ divinity (pace the Da Vinci Code) to Bush’s and Blair’s real agenda in invading Iraq. Entertainingly written and closely documented, the book provides each cover-up with a plausibility rating.

A Brief History of The Crusades
by Geoffrey Hindley
ISBN: 9781841197661
Price: SGD27.00 (w/o GST)
Non-Fiction - Paperback
Constable & Robinson

Islam and Christianity and their ancient struggle for world supremacy
Geoffrey Hindley instructively unravels the story of the Christian military expeditions that have perturbed European history, troubled Christian consciences and embittered Muslim attitudes towards the West. He offers a lively record of the Crusades, from the Middle East to the pagan Baltic, and fascinating portraits of the major personalities, from Godfrey of Bouillon, the first Latin ruler of Jerusalem, to Etienne, the visionary French peasant boy who inspired the tragic Children’s Crusade. Addressing questions rarely considered, Hindley sheds new light on pressing issues surrounding religious division and shows how the Crusades have helped to shape the modern world and relations between Christian and Muslim countries to this day.

The Bomoh - Magician and Spiritualist
by A Rafi
ISBN: 9789810578800
Price: SGD16.00 (w/o GST)
Non-Fiction - Paperback
Horizon Books

In this book, the author presents a general description of the legendary bomoh, how he acquired his spiritually inherited knowledge and how this was influenced and developed over a period of several centuries. Also, how this knowledge was used in exorcisms, seances and to cure those suffering from mysterious illnesses, the makingof talismans, amulets and charms and secret techniques used for invoking spirits and powerful jin.
Western writers described the bomoh as a witchdoctor and shaman who can transform himself into a `were tiger', invoke spirits to enter his body and dispel them. He also had the power to control the weather. People of different faiths and levels of society in Southeast Asia still valued the bomoh's advice and mystic power, as their ancestors had done a thousand years before.

Butterfly in The Wind
by Rei Kimura
ISBN: 9789810578817
Price: SGD18.00 (w/o GST)
Non-Fiction - Paperback, 188pp
Horizon Books

Shimoda 1856. Okichi Saito is engaged with the carpenter Tsurumatsu, when menacing shapes of black ships appear in the bay: the US demand the opening of the Japanese market.
The envoy, Townsend Harris, the later consul General, is enticed by Okichi’s beauty as he spots her walking from a bathhouse.
Japanese officials, who consider the 15 year old girl only as a pawn in their negotiations, deliver her to “Old man Harris” to perform “personal services”.
Five years later Harris returns home because of ill health. Okichi is free now, but a wounded person, scorned by the townsfolk, forever a “tojin”’ - a foreigner’s concubine. In these circumstances, her reunion with Tsurumatsu ends as a tragic love story.

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