The Penang Adventure

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By Raymond Flower Published by Marshall Cavendish Editions Review by Rosalind Chua

IT'S VERY HARD not to get swept along by Raymond Flower's jaunty approach to Penang's history in his latest offering, The Penang Adventure. The book opens on a whimsical note as Flower sets the scene for the arrival of the British led by Captain Francis Light, with plenty of references to earlier seafarers such as Admiral Cheng Ho and James Lancaster. Flower's enthusiasm and great knack for storytelling makes it easy for the reader to go along with his narration.

The arrival of Francis Light adds plenty of swash and buckle to the story and this is where Flower really captures life in the early settlement.


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