Singapore's Monsoon Books opens UK branch

Singapore's Monsoon Books opens UK branch

Monsoon Books, the independent publisher of English-language books based in Singapore, has opened an office in the UK for its editorial and marketing teams.

Heading up the UK branch is founder and publisher Philip Tatham, who will commute between the offices in the UK and Singapore. Laura Brudenell White from Laura White PR will be running the publicity and marketing campaigns from the UK. Segrue Sales will handle the external sales.

Monsoon publishes literary and commercial fiction and nonfiction - biography and autobiography, true crime, food and drink, history, travelogues and current affairs - with Asian themes. It publishes books by writers from the UK, Asia and "further afield".

Tatham said: “Moving back to the UK and bringing my publishing house with me was an opportunity I couldn’t resist. Having moved to Singapore over 20 years ago, I’m delighted to be back home and ready to introduce the wealth of writers Monsoon publishes into the UK market. I’m particularly excited about our Spring titles which include a Raffles biography with a twist, a No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency-style series from Malaysia and a thrilling historical crime series that will make the reader think twice about safe Singapore.”

"Monsoon Books offers an exciting, innovative and distinctive alternative to commercial publishing", the publisher said. "Its mission is to be unique—to find new talent and put publishing in Asia at the heart of the literary world."

The Spring titles for release are Olivia & Sophia by Rosie Milne, Bamboo Island by Ann Bennett, Singapore Yellow by William L Gibson, Bali Undercover by Malcolm Scott, The Defence and Fall of Singapore by Brian Farrell, The Straits Quartet by Dawn Farnham, Out in the Midday Sun by Margaret Shennan and Spirit Tiger by Barbara Ismail.

Monsoon Books is based in Currough Court in Leicestershire.