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by yip yoke teng
Wong is pleased that the book is also popular among readers in the Klang Valley and overseas.
HISTORY is never boring as long as the narrator knows how to engage the attention of his audience.
The popularity of Penang’s History, My Story is a testament to this and the book has gone for a reprint.
Penned by Star Publications (M) Berhad group managing director and chief executive
officer Datuk Seri Wong Chun Wai, the book’s first batch of 3,500 copies are sold out.
“The response was beyond my expectation as history is by practice not a popular subject, unlike pop culture. More so, there are elements of my personal stories in the book,” Wong said.
“This shows that if history is presented in an entertaining and informative way, it can engage the readers.”
Wong was also pleased that the book was not only popular among readers from Penang, but also the Klang Valley and even overseas.
Nancy Kensil, 56 (left) and her daughter, Annora Chia, 22, reading a copy of the at a book store in Petaling Jaya.
“I believe the book can resonate with readers outside Penang because many are familiar with the names of these streets in Penang and they are curious about the stories behind these names,” he added.
The book’s popularity has also prompted MPH to request for 1,000 copies from the reprint.
Proceeds from the sale of the first print were channelled to Kenosis Home and Penang Heritage Trust.
Wong’s fans can look forward to more history-related works from him as he is planning a series on iconic buildings in Penang.
“It is still at the research stage but I believe this subject will catch the readers’ interest.
“Like the streets of Penang, many are familiar with these landmarks but do not know much about famous personalities who had lived there or the buildings’ significance.
“I feel that stories about these buildings should be documented, before they are demolished in the name of development,” he said.
Wong’s Penang’s History, My Story brings readers on an interesting voyage through the streets of Penang with stories about the area’s past and present, as well as about him growing up in the state that is rich in history.
Besides MPH, the book is also available at Popular and now Borders bookstores, as well as from The Star’s Circulation Department. For enquiries, call 1300-88-7827.
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