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Feb 27, 2013

188 Hugh Low Street Book


Good News! My blogger friend "Ipohgal" has published her new book "188 Hugh Street".

At her request, I am pleased to post her book introduction on this blog.

More information and details to place order her book is available here.

 Preface

It all started two years ago when Commander Ian Anderson from Ipohworld's World invited me to contribute some stories to "Ipoh, My Home Town," a book on growing up in Ipoh. I sent in five stories. All were accepted and published.

The responses I received from his readers were simply awe-inspiring.

This in turn gave me the idea to compile the rest of my short stories into a book called “The Story of a Scissors Sharpener’s Daughter.” The purpose of compiling this book is to give my readers an insight into the lives of a family in the 1960s and 1970s in this tin-mining city. It is not the story of a rich family but a resilient and humble one. You can say mine is a story of the voiceless and the faceless in a city known as “City of the Millionaires.”

Compiling this book has turned me from a blogger to a writer. It was a journey of faith and courage. Of course there were trials and tribulations as I went along. Time constraints and financial limitations were always there but I persevered because this is a story that I really want to share and not keep in the closet of my heart.

I relied heavily on memories of my childhood days that somehow stayed so vividly in the deepest recess of my mind despite the passage of time. Before my parents passed on, they always used to reminisce how tough it was for the family and these were some of the stories that I have included too in this book.

Lastly, I would like to thank my wonderful family, friends and relatives for their patience and encouragement. Without their valuable support this book would not have come to fruition. I am glad to see this book, my first endeavor, is finally here before our eyes.


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2 Comments:

Blogger Lam Chun See said...

Thanks for sharing James. Shd be an interesting read for me,since my wife and her 4 sisters are all Ipohgals .... and they are reading my book about the Spore I grew up in.

February 27, 2013 at 11:27 AM  
Blogger Ipohgal said...

Thanks for your interest, Lam. Do get a book to learn how it was to grow up in a tin mining town which is famous for its pretty girls.

March 3, 2013 at 11:34 PM  

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