Top Books 2013

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Scripture and Theology

Brueggemann, Walter, A Commentary on Jeremiah: Exile and Homecoming, 1997;
 –– Like Fire in the Bones: Listening for the Prophetic Word in Jeremiah, 2006

O’Connor, Kathleen, Lamentations and the Tears of the World, 2002;
–– Jeremiah: Pain and Promise, 2011

Schreiber, Mordecai, The Man Who Knew God: Decoding Jeremiah, 2009

Stulman, Louis, You Are My People: An Introduction to Prophetic Literature, 2010


Capon, Robert Farrar, The Mystery of Christ and Why We Don’t Get It, 1993
–– The Romance of the Word: One Man’s Love Affair With Theology, 1995


Travel and Cartography

Aciman, André, Letters of Transit: Reflections on Exile, Identity, Language, and Loss, 1999

Botton, Alain de, A Week at the Airport: A Heathrow Diary, 2009

Naipaul, V.S., Among the Believers: An Islamic Journey, 1981;
–– Beyond Belief: Islamic Excursions Among the Converted Peoples, 1998

Pico, Iyer, The Lady And The Monk: Four Seasons in Kyoto, 1991

Sardar, Ziauddin , Desperately Seeking Paradise: Journeys of a Sceptical Muslim, 2004

Theroux, Paul, The Tao of Travel: Enlightenments from Lives on the Road, 2011


Ehrenberg, Ralph, Mapping the World: An Illustrated History of Cartography, 2005

Garfield, Simon, On the Map: Why the World Looks the Way it Does, 2012

Jennings, Ken, Maphead: Charting the Wide, Weird World of Geography Wonks, 2011


Malaysian Novels and Early Geography

Aw, Tash, The Harmony Silk Factory, 2005

Burgess, Anthony, Time for a Tiger, 1956
–– The Enemy in the Blanket, 1957
–– Beds in the East, 1959

Eng, Tan Twan, The Garden of Evening Mists, 2011


Swettenham, Frank, Malayan Stories and Sketches, 1913

Wallace, Alfred Russel, The Malay Archipelago, 1869


Writing and Philology

Fish, Stanley, How to Write a Sentence: And How to Read One, 2011

King, Stephen, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft, 2000

Lukeman, Noah, A Dash of Style: The Art and Mastery of Puncuation, 2006

Zinsser, William, Writing Places: The Life Journey of a Writer and Teacher, 2009


Abley, Mark, Spoken Here: Travels Among Threatened Languages, 2003

Deutscher, Guy, The Unfolding of Language: An Evolutionary Tour of Mankind’s Greatest Invention, 2006
–– Through the Language Glass: Why the World Looks Different in Other Languages, 2010

Ostler, Nicholas, Empires of the Word: A Language History of the World, 2005

Parkvall, Mikael, Limits of Language: Almost Everything You Didn’t Know You Didn’t Know about Language and Languages, 2006