Snake Wine: A Singapore Episode (1955) (1st ed)


Snake Wine: A Singapore Episode (1955) (1st ed)


Title: Snake Wine: A Singapore Episode

Author: Patrick Anderson

Publisher: Chatto & Windus, London, 1955. First edition.

Condition: Hardcover, with dust jacket. Very good. Dust jacket has minor edgewear, with a few closed tears and bits of bumping. With inscription on fly leaf. Text clean, binding tight. (the image is not representative of the book, which is in much better condition).

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Extract from blurb:

Patrick Anderson plunges us into a variegated, hilarious and often haunted world of rat-infested midnight streets, shady cosmopolitans, shopkeepers and Colonial Servants, gay and earnest students: his range includes not only the everyday, with its personal irritations and political controversies, but also the poetry of flowers, temples, strange animals and beautiful people. For a while, he lived in a lonely house on the edge of bandit-infested jungle, and his account of this is one of the most fascinating things in the book.


  1. A Sequence of Letters
  2. The Keys of Ah Ting
  3. Down Orchard Road
  4. The Cannas on the Campus
  5. Matins with the Monkey God
  6. Buying a Monkey
  7. Profile of a City
  8. I move to the Jungle
  9. The House
  10. The Silence of Ah Tum
  11. Chinese Babies
  12. The Babies