Abg. Kashim Abg. Morshidi and Hazebroek HP, National Parks of Sarawak, Natural History Publications (Borneo), 2001 This magnificent book was the primary source for a significant amount of the information in this website about the national parks and the flora and fauna of Sarawak.
Beccari, O, Wanderings in the Great Forests of Borneo, Oxford University Press Reprint The great Italian botanist Odoardo Beccari spent a fair while in Sarawak in the late 19th Century, collecting, identifying and describing large numbers of new plants (and shooting way too many orang-utans!). He writes very engagingly of his time here.
Bennett, E & Gombek, F, Proboscis Monkeys of Borneo, Natural History Publications (Borneo), 1993 All you could want to know about proboscis monkeys and more, with great pictures, from the leading experts.
Briggs J, Mountains of Malaysia, Longman Malaysia, 1985 This book provides accounts of treks up a number of mountains throughout Malaysia, including Sarawak. Not all of these are still feasible, particularly for the inexperienced or the casual visitor.
Briggs J, Parks of Malaysia, A Practical Guide and Manual, Longman Malaysia, 1997 This is a useful trekking guide, which covers a number of the treks in this website, as well as others in Sabah and Peninsular Malaysia.
Christinsen, H, Ethnobotany of the Iban and the Kelabit, Forest Department Sarawak, Malaysia; NEPCon, Denmark; and University of Aarhus, Denmark, 2002 This is adapted from a PhD thesis, and is a very useful and interesting reference book, but not light reading.
Clarke C, Nepenthes of Borneo, Natural History Publications, 1997 A fairly detailed book about nepenthes (pitcher plants), including detailed information on biology and ecology. Illustrated with beautiful photos. (See also Phillips below.)
Cranbrook, Earl of, & Edwards D, Belalong - A Tropical Rain Forest, Royal Geographical Society and Sun Tree Publishing, 1994 Although it is a guide to Belalong National Park in Brunei, this great little book provides a fantastic introduction to the rainforests of northern Borneo. It packs in an amazing amount of information in a very accessible way.
Department of Agriculture, Sarawak, Wild Fruits and Vegetables in Sarawak, 1992 This 100 page softcover book is an interesting if somewhat technical guide to wild fruits and vegetables in Sarawak. It also has an informative and tasty-looking set of recipies for dishes made using wild fruits and vegetables.
Eliot J & Renshaw K, Footprint Malaysia Handbook, Footprint Handbooks The Footprint Handbook is for those who have grown out of Lonely Planet. It has excellent and informative information about the history, cultures and crafts of Sarawak, as well as all the usual things you expect from a guidebook.
Francis, CM and Smythies BE, Pocket Guide to the Birds of Borneo, The Sabah Society, 1998 This is a handy little pocket-reference for bird-lovers, available quite cheaply in most bookshops in Kuching.
Hanbury-Tenison R, Mulu: The Rainforest, Wiedenfield & Nicholson, 1980 This is an account of the Royal Geographical Society research expedition to Mulu in 1977-1978, which led to the establishment of the national park.
Harrisson, T (ed), Borneo Jungle: An account of the Oxford Expedition to Sarawak, Lindsay Drummond Ltd, 1938 This book includes Shackleton's account of the first ascent of Mount Mulu. It has been reprinted by Oxford Asia books.
Harrisson, T, The World Within, Oxford University Press. This book is half beautiful ethnographic portrait of the Kelabit people of the Bario Highlands, and half autobiographical account of Harrisson's experience with the Kelabit fighting a guerilla war against the Japanese during the Second World War. An extraordinary book, by an extraordinary man. Harrisson later went on to become the Director of the Sarawak Museum, where he led the original Niah and Santubong excavations, along with a bewildering variety of other activities (sea turtle conservation, ornithology, anthropology and linguistics, etc, etc, etc.). Well worth a read.
Lim, FLK and Lee, MLTM, Fascinating Snakes of Southeast Asia - An Introduction, 1990, Tropical Press, Kuala Lumpur The title says it all.
Lonely Planet Malaysia Singapore & Brunei, Lonely Planet Publications. No need for much explanation - the classic backpackers' guide, with all essential information for getting around on a budget.
Ng F, Tree Flora of Malaya (4 vols), Longman Malaysia 1972-1986 Subtitled "A Manual for Foresters", this is a technical work, and not for light reading - but a useful resource for those interested in the trees of Malaya (many of which also occur in Sarawak).
Payne J, Cubbitt G, Lau D, Langub J, with WWF Malaysia This is Borneo - Sabah, Sarawak, Brunei and Kalimantan, New Holland Publishers 2000. This soft-cover picture-book is not only beautifully illustrated with the amazing photography of local photographer Dennis Lau, but it is also very informative about the history, cultures and environment of the whole of Borneo. An excellent introduction to Borneo, and a worthy addition to any coffee-table.
Payne J, Francis CM, and Phillips K, A Field Guide to the Mammals of Borneo, the Sabah Society, 1998 Another very useful and beautifully illustrated little pocket field guide.
Phillips A and Lamb A, Pitcher Plants of Borneo, Natural History Publications (Borneo), 1996 This book includes information about the history, biology and ecology of pitcher plants, and is illustrated with watercolours by Susan Phillips. (See also Clarke above)
Polunin I, Plants and Flowers of Malaysia, Times Editions, Singapore, 1988 A well illustrated little book covering a whole range of Malaysian plants, plant types and vegetation types.
Runciman S, The White Rajahs, A History of Sarawak from 1841 to 1846, Cambridge University Press, 1960 Renowned British historian Steven Runciman (famous for his histories of the Crusades) was commissioned to write a history of the White Rajahs, by the last one. A well written traditional-style history book, but not surprisingly with little juicy gossip or criticism.
Smythies, BE, The Birds of Borneo¸ (4th ed), Natural History Publications (Borneo), 1999 The authoritative guide to Borneo's birds, this large and beautifully illustrated book is a must for serious bird-watchers who have extra cash and room in their baggage.
Soepadmo E & Ors (eds), Tree Flora of Sabah & Sarawak, Volumes 1-4, Forest Research Institute Malaysia, Sabah Forestry Dept and Sarawak Forestry Dept, 1995-2002 These very technical works are the first of a planned 8 volume series covering most of the commercially significant tree species in Sarawak. Useful reference work for those interested in tropical trees and the tropical timber industry.
Sutlive V and J (eds), The Encyclopaedia of Iban Studies (4 vols), Tun Jugah Foundation 2001 An amazing work containing everything you might need to know about the Iban, their history and culture, including their use of plants and animals of the forest.
Wallace A.R., The Malay Archipelago, Oxford University Press Reprint, 1986 The original, from the great man who developed the theory of evolution with Darwin - and still one of the best.