Where the Sunrise is Red

About the Book

This is Chan Ling’s fifth novel. The story is set during the Emergency in Malaya, sometimes called the Forgotten War. Like her other novels, it provides insight to the turbulent history of the country, and especially the Chinese in Malaysia.
When young and naive Ruth set out to look for her husband Mark in Malaya in 1950, little did she expect to find herself in a country split by warring factions and ideology and a rival for her husband’s love that is as lovely and exotic as May. A story of human resilience, lies, treachery and love set during the Emergency in Malaya.

Customer reviews (amazon.co.uk):

I think I would term this book as more of a romance, which is not what I would usually go for, but I found it very gripping like an adventure and it provided twists right to the end. I particularly enjoyed the historical nature throughout, which taught me a lot, and could only be written by someone with intimate knowledge of the area, history and the era.
– Roger Francis 24 April 2018

A really good read. A fast-moving novel set against the backdrop of the last years of British rule in Malaysia. The story of a young English women, Ruth, and her tangled loves and tragedies, is intricately woven into the development of her close friendship with a Chinese girl, May. Full of intrigue and beautifully written in Chan Ling’s lyrical, flowing style, this is a real page-turner keeping you in suspense until the very last paragraphs.
– A M Wall 19 February 2018

Like her previous books a very enjoyable read, particularly interesting as I had no knowledge of the Malaysian history at that time which is important to much of the action of the story. The characters are interesting and believable.
– Roger Mills 23 May 2018

Genre: Historical Fiction
Publisher: Marshall Cavendish International (Asia) Pte Ltd
Publication Year: 2017
Format: Paperback, Kindle
Length: 320 pages, 5.2 x 1.1 x 7.8 inches
ASIN: B077Z8CK84
ISBN: 9814794007
List Price: USD12.78
eBook Price: USD15.99
"Although Chinese May and English Ruth and their children become close friends, there have been many misunderstandings and intrigues along the way. What first appears to be a conventional love story, soon develops into one of intrigue, sexual tension and tragedy. The pace is fast and there is plenty of action to keep you wanting to turn the page. This book enthralled me. I could not put it down."
– Julia Appleton, President, Princes Risborough Morning WI. 
"The backdrop is Malaya in its twilight years as a British possession, and Malaysia in its dawning, with the cruel Emergency period between as centre ground. As ever, the author tells how it was, with complete objectivity and fairness where concerns the evanescent expatriate Brits, the aristo Malays and the thrusting Chinese. A tangled web of love stories it may be, yet there is suspense on every page. But whatever else is suspended, it is never our belief in the characters or the action. An excellent, enjoyable read."
– Bill Jackson, Editor, The Corporal and the Celestial
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About the Author
Yap Chan Ling

Born in Kuala Lumpur, Chan Ling Yap was educated in Malaysia and subsequently in England where she obtained a PhD in Economics. She lectured at the University of Malaya before joining the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization in Rome, where she worked for nearly two decades. She now lives in the UK with her husband and two grown-up children.

A widely published author of various textbooks and technical papers, her foray into fiction. Sweet Offerings, her first novel was highly praised for its beautiful evocation of Asia. Bitter-Sweet Harvest, her second novel, has been nominated for the Popular Readers Choice Award 2012 in Malaysia/Singapore and listed as "one of four books you won't want to put down" by Cosmopolitan, Singapore. New Beginnings, a historical fiction, set in the mid 1800s in China and Malaya, is her third novel.

For more information, visit: www.chanlingyap.com

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