Salleh Ben Joned died earlier this week. There are moving tributes to him everywhere, from those who knew him better than we did – for the poet, the essayist, the teacher, the critic, the actor, the force of nature, the warm, engaging, inimitable man. He...

The past month has been tough for the bookshop – as for many businesses. But it's still with a spring in our collective step that we highlight the bestsellers for last month. At the top of the pile there's a welcome return for Bettina Chua...

Hanna Alkaf, The Weight of Our Skies(Simon & Schuster)Anthony Burgess, A Clockwork Orange (Penguin)Zadie Smith, On Beauty (Penguin)A Shukor Rahman, More Penang Stories (Self-published)Jeanette Winterson, Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit (Vintage)Philip Bowring, Empire of the Winds (I.B. Tauris)Atul Gawande, Being Mortal (Profile Books)Nathalie Wright,...

Tan Twan Eng, The Garden of Evening Mists (Canongate)Bettina Chua Abdullah(ed.), Telltale Food (Hikayat)Kong Tsung-gan, Liberate Hong Kong (Mekong)Lloyd Fernando, Green Is the Colour (Epigram Books)Sandeep Ray, A Flutter in the Colony (HarperCollins India)Preeta Samarasan, Evening Is the Whole Day (Fourth Estate)Kazuo Ishiguro, The Remains...