FARRELL, J.G. The Singapore Grip. London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1978.
8vo. Original red cloth, gilt title to spine, with illustrated dust wrapper; pp. 558; spine a touch faded, otherwise an excellent copy.
First edition. The last novel by Farrell, written a year before his death. The book is a satire about culture and commerce in South-east Asia and China during the second world war, and (like many of Farrell's works) is also about the human cost of British colonial rule. The title is a pun on a sexual technique, details about which are perhaps not germane to this discussion.