Jasmine Lian is a brilliant young partner in a law firm. Then one of her clients bids for the most visionary construction project in Asia – Titiwangsa University, a town and campus in the rainforests of Malaysia. Jasmine is forced to choose between old life and new, East and West, right and wrong.

The Flame Tree was first published by UK Publisher Hodder & Stoughton and became a bestseller in Malaysia, outranking Ken Follett. The novel is now published in its third edition by Monsoon Books as a paperback and as an ebook.


“Yang-May Ooi has has a rare descriptive talent that brings the surroundings of her story… to vivid life” – New Straits Times, Malaysia.
“An accomplished first novel by Yang-May Ooi brings idealism and passion to bear in the heat of the Malaysian rainforest” – Jessica de Rothschild, Tatler Magazine, London.
“Ooi Yang-May took a risk when she gave up a secure law career to become a full-time novelist. But it was a good decision, for her very first book is a brilliant read” – Lynette Ng, Sun Magazine, Malaysia



International Communications Strategy book cover

Back in 2006, I was in between projects when, business communications expert, Silvia Cambie, invited me to co-author the social media sections of a business book for communications professionals and senior business executives. Given my love of blogging, podcasting and social media generally, I naturally jumped at the opportunity.

Over the next 18 months, I had a fascinating and very fun time researching how businesses and communities have been using social media to develop their communications strategies, speaking to and emailing a range of people around the world, including a journalist in Burkino Faso, the CEO of a health focused social network in Texas, litbloggers in Malaysia and learning about how social media is being used by animal welfare groups in China.

International Communications Strategy is published by another top UK publisher, Kogan Page, and was nominated for the FT Goldman Sachs Business Book Award.




Ambitious young lawyer Fei-Li Qwong has steered her major clients to the successful launch of their visionary sanitorium just outside Kuala Lumpur. Piers and Ginny Wyndham claim their Centre for Mental Health and Excellent will revolutionise Asia’s health care practices. Fei is proud to be part of the team. But as Fei begins to uncover the dark reality behind the Wyndhams’ public front, she finds herself drawn deep into a pall of intrigue and murder to a secret experiment that could enslave Asia under a terrifying new tyranny.

The novel was published as part of a two-book deal with UK publisher, Hodder & Stoughton. It is now re-issued by Monsoon Books as an ebook.

“A slow-burn thriller with a satisfyingly ambitious scope which climaxes with horrifying revelations” – Anna Sayburn, Bloomsbury Bluestocking
“Once you start reading the first lines of this novel, you just can’t put it down until you’ve finished it.” – Amazon reader

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About Yang-May Ooi

Yang-May Ooi is a creative artist whose work explores the transformational power of personal narrative. She has been an award-winning TEDx speaker, bestselling author and acclaimed story performer. Her sell out solo story performance, Bound Feet Blues, was showcased in London's West End in Oct 2014. to 4+ Star reviews. The show returns to the Tristan Bates Theatre for a 3 week run in Nov 2015 - see

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