About the author:
Mahbob Abdullah chose planting as a career in the early 1960s when most plantations were growing rubber, and later joined the oil palm estates, mainly with Unilever Plantations. He later joined Sime Darby in the refinery business producing edible oils in Johore, Singapore, Thailand and Egypt. On his retirement he became a consultant on plantation and refinery management.
About the book:
Planter Upriver has sixty short stories set in Perak, Johor and Sabah in Malaysia, as well as Solomon Islands, Ghana, Nigeria, Cameroon and Zaire (now Democratic Republic of Congo).
The stories span the early 1960s to mid-1980s when the writer was working mainly in Unilever plantations, which had rubber, oil palm and cocoa and coconut, and also ran cattle in islands in the South Pacific.
There were colourful characters even in the most remote places. The writer has also seen the lighter side of their work as shown in some of these stories.
Planter Upriver follows the writer's first book Planter's Tales.