As we grow up, our free times are often occupied by many other things. Reading books are unlikely to be on our to-do list these days. Some may even think that obtaining free easily accessible content online is better than having to source for books and read from page to page. Soon, the skill of reading may be lost to many.
Now, if you’re a Malaysian, here are the 8 books written by Malaysians. Why don’t you kickstart or restart your reading habit with these? They will inspire and inform as no other sources can. After all, the Malaysian background will feel much closer to heart. Happy reading and hope you enjoy them!
What Your Teacher Didn’t Tell You by Farish A Noor
First and foremost, this book by Farish A. Noor will deconstruct everything you think you know of Malaysian history, of the Malay keris, of PAS’s early histories and even the famous tale of Hang Tuah.
The Rice Mother by Rani Manicka
Secondly, the first novel of Rani Manicka’s is a multigenerational story about a Sri Lankan family living in Malaysia.
The Harmony Silk Factory by Tash Aw
Third on the list is The Harmony Silk Factory, Tash Aw’s critically acclaimed first novel. It was also longlisted for the Man Booker Prize and won the Whitbread Book Awards for First Novel Award
The Gift Of Rain; The Garden Of Evening Mists by Tan Twan Eng
After that, there are the books written by Tan Twan Eng. His first book, The Gift of Rain was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2007 while his second book, The Garden of Evening Mists won the Man Asian literary prize in 2012.
Salina by A. Samad Said
Next, this considerably famous book is the most memorable work by the well-known A. Samad Said.
Looking Back: The Historic Years Of Malaya And Malaysia by Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al-Haj
Meanwhile, this book contains 53 of Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra’s articles published in The Star newspaper.
A Malaysian Journey; Peninsula: A Story of Malaysia by Rehman Rashid
Other than that, there are the two books which are the written works of the prominent Malaysian journalist and writer, Rehman Rashid.
The Sum Of Our Follies by Shih Li Kow
Last but not least, this book chronicles the stories of life in an imaginary small town and its denizens. You’ll be pleasantly surprised by the familiar Malaysian setting.