DURIANS ARE NOT THE ONLY FRUIT: NOTES FROM THE TROPICS
WONG YOON WAH
translated by JEREMY TIANG
In this mix of memoir, essay and nature writing, Wong Yoon Wah evokes the beauty and seduction of the tropical rainforest and rubber plantations of his childhood in Malaya. He examines what surrounds us: the fruits we grow, the food we eat, the trees and animals that thrive in our midst. Along the way, we gain fascinating insights: how thunder tea rice acquired its name; how early settlers used the rain tree to tell time; how the behaviour of ants can tell us when a monsoon is about to arrive.
Both personal and informative, this selection of Wong’s essays is a stunning re-addition to the creative non-fiction landscape.