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The Ghost Map The Story of London’s Most Terrifying Epidemic – and Wow it Changed Science, Cities, and the Modern World$26.50
Look out for Johnson s new book, Wonderland, November 15, 2016. A National Bestseller, a New York Times Notable Book, and an Entertainment Weekly Best Book of the Year From Steven Johnson, the dynamic thinker routinely compared to James Gleick, Dava Sobel, and Malcolm Gladwell, The Ghost Map is a riveting page-turner about a real-life historical hero, Dr. John Snow. It’s the summer of 1854, and London is just emerging as one of the first modern cities in the world. But lacking the infrastructure — garbage removal, clean water, sewers — necessary to support its rapidly expanding population, the city has become the perfect breeding ground for a terrifying disease no one knows how to cure. As the cholera outbreak takes hold, a physician and a local curate are spurred to action-and ultimately solve the most pressing medical riddle of their time. In a triumph of multidisciplinary thinking, Johnson illuminates the intertwined histories and interconnectedness of the spread of disease, contagion theory, the rise of cities, and the nature of scientific inquiry, offering both a riveting history and a powerful explanation of how it has shaped the world we live in.”
Joseph Conrad, W. Somerset Maugham, and Anthony Burgess have shaped our perceptions of Malaysia. In Tash Aw, we now havean authentic Malaysian voice that remaps this literary landscape.The Harmony Silk Factory traces the story of textile merchant Johnny Lim, a Chinese peasant living inBritish Malayain the first half of the twentieth century.Johnny’s factoryis the most impressive structure in the region, and to the inhabitants of the Kinta ValleyJohnny is a hero a Communist who fought the Japanese when they invaded, ready to sacrifice his life for the welfare of his people. But to his son, Jasper, Johnny is a crook and a collaborator who betrayed the very people he pretended to serve, and the Harmony Silk Factory is merely a front for his father’s illegal businesses. This debut novelfrom Tash Aw gives us an exquisitely written look into another culture at a moment of crisis. The Harmony Silk Factory won the 2005 Whitbread First Novel Award and also made it to the 2005 Man Booker longlist. ”
About the Author
Tash Aw was born in Taipei and brought up in Malaysia. He moved to England in his teens. This is his first novel.
A tale inspired by Joseph Conrad’s “Nostromo” follows the story of Colombian-born Josâe Altamirano, who reveals his integral role in the classic’s writing and who pens his own version of events against a backdrop of a flourishing twentieth-century Londonand lawless Panama.