Charity Book Launch: "Kuala Lumpur at War, 1939-1945" by Andrew Barber

2012 Events

The launch of a new work of scholarship by Society member Andrew Barber took place at 7.00 pm on Monday 5th November. The launch of "Kuala Lumpur at War, 1939-1945" was held at the British High Commissioner's Residence and was hosted by H.E. Simon Featherstone CMG.

As well as the book launch there was a short talk by the author followed by a charity reception with drinks and light refreshments. All proceeds from the evening were donated to the Lighthouse Children’s Home.

Kuala Lumpur at War, 1939-1945 is about the experience of war on Kuala Lumpur. This is not a 'military history' in the sense that there was very little fighting either when the Japanese entered the city in January 1942 or when the British returned in September 1945. Rather, the focus of the book is on how conflict, the Japanese occupation and the return of the British impacted the city and its people. The three years and eight months of Japanese governance wrought huge change and were a tilting point in the history of Malaya. As the capital city, Kuala Lumpur was a central player in these changes. This is the story of those years.

Andrew Barber (Pembroke, Cambridge, 1979-1982) is a former British diplomat and runs AB&A, a corporate research company based in Kuala Lumpur. He is a Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society and is the author of a number of books on Malaysian history. He is married with two daughters.