The Glorious Past of Asia’s Greatest Emporium. By Iain Manley
Old Singapore was an eclectic trade emporium, where an ethnically and culturally diverse populace coalesced, and sometimes clashed, under the aegis of the British Empire. It was a fascinating world filled with traders of all nations, roving bands of pirates, murderers running amuck and even the occasional flesh-hungry tiger. Using a patchwork of words and images from Singapore’s residents and visitors of yesteryear, author Iain Manley brings old Singapore’s colourful colonial past back to life with striking clarity.