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  • Teo Xue Shen

    18 Walls

    $16.00

    This action-packed thriller follows a squad of 18-year-olds who must fight an army of Savages in a war they did not choose. Ren is an elite fighter who feels no emotions. That makes him the perfect soldier to battle the Savages, a feral army of half-animal, half-human species prowling outside the 18 walls protecting the city...at least that’s what the propaganda machine will have him believe. He and his motley squad are armed with genetic enhancements before venturing beyond the walls. They c...

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  • Andre Yeo

    9th Of August

    $24.00

    Six suicide bombers have slipped into Singapore. Their mission: to set off explosives on the country’s 55th National Day. They were sent by Tun, an Afghan with a tragic past. Trying to stop them is Inspector Rahim, who is tracking a new terror group. And caught up in the plot is Henry, a single parent whose wife revealed a terrible secret on her deathbed.Paperback: 288 PagesProduct Dimensions: 152 x 225 mmISBN: 9789814785785Published by Epigram Books

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  • Jolene Tan

    A Certain Exposure

    $18.00

    Satirical and sympathetic, political and personal, A Certain Exposure traces the adolescences of twin brothers Andrew and Brian, culminating in the explosive events leading to Andrew’s tragic death. This is a classic coming-of-age tale doubled across two vividly individual brothers, who struggle to navigate a complex tangle of relationships and coercive forces, cinematically interwoven with the yearnings and fears of an ensemble of mothers, fathers, cousins, friends and lovers both false and ...

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  • Sunisa Manning

    A Good True Thai

    $24.00

    In 1970s Thailand, three young people meet each other with fateful results. Det’s just lost his mother, the granddaughter of a king. He clings to Chang, a smart boy from the slums, as they go to college, where Det falls for Lek, a Chinese immigrant with radical ideals. Longing for glory, Det journeys into his friends’ political circles. A Good True Thai is a historic epic that takes the reader through Thailand’s most famous period of political and artistic openness, and asks the question: is ...

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  • Othman Wok

    A Mosque In The Jungle

    $18.00

    Years before his political career took off, Othman Wok pioneered the writing of ghost stories and horror fiction in Singapore and Malaysia. Othman Wok left an indelible mark on Singaporean politics and society: signing the Independence of Singapore Agreement 1965, overseeing the construction of Singapore’s first large-scale sporting arena, working to advance the quality of social welfare services, developing the Mosque Building Fund, and being (in the words of PM Lee Hsien Loong) “steadfast a...

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  • Lim Chor Pee

    A White Rose At Midnight

    $13.00

    On the cusp of independence, cultures collide in a bedroom in Singapore. As the Vietnam War rages on, the English-educated scholar Lee Hua Min—“the finest product of the University”—finds himself hopelessly disillusioned. Enter Wong Ching Mei, a Chinese-educated former nightclub singer seeking to enrol in Nanyang University. Mirroring the intense tussles between the English- and Chinese-speaking during Singapore’s formative years, Hua Min and Ching Mei trade ferocious barbs even as they are i...

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  • Darren Lim

    Ace Agent Spycat And The Flying Sidekick

    $12.00

    Illustrated by Lai Hui Li Follow the FELINE agents as they jet off to Boracay to stop the villainous penguin king Blackwing from destroying the island. Ace Agent Spycat, a new action-packed adventure series, recounts the crime-fighting escapades of Spycat, a Singaporean agent extraordinaire, with the First Enforcement League for Inter-National Emergencies, better known as FELINE. Spycat is sent all over the world, on missions of utmost importance, to solve crimes committed by international vi...

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  • Darren Lim

    Ace Agent Spycat And The Mayonnaise Mayhem

    $12.00

    Illustrated by Lai Hui Li Fasten your seatbelts and join the FELINE agents on a mission of international importance. The Finders Keepers, master thieves and twins, are stealing famous landmarks from around the world! They must be stopped before all is lost. It’s a task for none other than Ace Agent Spycat and his partner, Rockcat. But things get a little sticky when the Finders Keepers discover that Ace Agent Spycat has a secret. Now, the mayhem begins! Paperback: 220 PagesProduct Dimensions:...

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  • Kevin Martens Wong

    Altered Straits

    $24.00

    In an alternate 1947 filled with mystical creatures, Singapuran boy-soldier Naufal Jazair is bonded to the merlion Bahana and enlisted in a war against an aggressive neighbour. Meanwhile, in a dystopian Singapore in 2047, SAF officer Titus Ang is tasked with entering Naufal’s universe and retrieving a merlion to save the future of Singapore from the Concordance, a hive intelligence that is close to consuming what remains of humanity. Paperback: 384 PagesProduct Dimensions: 152 x 225 mmISBN: 9...

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  • Sebastian Sim

    And The Award Goes To Sally Bong!

    $24.00

    Gimme Lao! author returns with another humorous take on the Singaporean psyche. Sally Bong is the typical do-gooder. But her journey as an exemplary citizen of Singapore is put into question when she meets people on the margins, upending everything she has learned in school. In a follow-up to the hilarious Let’s Give It Up for Gimme Lao!, Sebastian Sim delves deeper into a nation’s psyche with more shrewd humour than ever before. Paperback: 320 PagesProduct Dimensions: 152 x 225 mmISBN: 97898...

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  • Imram Hashim

    Annabelle Thong

    $24.00

    Devout Catholic school teacher Annabelle Thong never thought her chastity was a liability – until she runs away to Paris to find Prince Charming. Enrolling herself at the Sorbonne, she meets the suave Patrick Dudoigt, but he’s the one temptation she MUST resist. Annabelle’s belief system is challenged on all fronts, and her naïveté is seen as gauche in the City of Love. Guilt and confusion make for dangerous bedfellows, and when her fellow university students enthusiastically combine reading ...

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  • Lu Huiyi

    Beng Beng Revolution

    $18.00

    Beng Hock and his brother, Beng Huat (who prefers to go by Archibald), find themselves navigating a tumultuous Singapore in the near future that has run out of oil and gas. Running afoul of the growing gangs could mean slavery or death, jobs are scarce and food scarcer, and home is a crumbling shanty-town behind the City Hall Steam-Engine Station. And as if these changes aren’t drastic enough, a great power awakens inside Beng Hock, and he must learn how to control it before it destroys every...

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  • Balli Kaur Jaswal

    Best New Singaporean Short Stories: Volume Five

    $24.00

    We are currently accepting pre-orders for this title. Orders of this title are expected to be fulfilled by late-October 2021. Click here to find out more about when your pre-order will ship. The Epigram Books Collection of Best New Singaporean Short Stories: Volume Five gathers the finest Singaporean stories published in 2019 and 2020, selected by guest editor Balli Kaur Jaswal from hundreds published in journals, magazines, anthologies and single-author collections Paperback: 352 PagesProduc...

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  • Pooja Nansi

    Best New Singaporean Short Stories: Volume Four

    $24.00

    The best short fiction published by Singaporean writers in 2017 and 2018. The Epigram Books Collection of Best New Singaporean Short Stories: Volume Four gathers the finest Singaporean stories published in 2017 and 2018, selected by guest editor Pooja Nansi from hundreds published in journals, magazines, anthologies and single-author collections. Accompanying the stories are the editor’s preface and an extensive list of honourable mentions for further reading.Paperback: 240 PagesProduct Dimen...

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  • H. Y. Yeang

    Blue Sky Mansion

    $24.00

    Blue Sky Mansion tells the tale of Tang Mei Choon, a young girl who was sold into servitude and nearly ends up being entombed alive. She flees with her saviour, a benign gentleman called Chen Tong, to Penang, Malaya, where a new set of troubles arise and threaten her life again. Paperback: 320 PagesProduct Dimensions: 152 x 225 mmISBN: 9789814901826 Published by Epigram Books

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  • Jean Tay

    Boom

    $13.00

    Welcome to the surreal world of Boom, where civil servants wake the dead, corpses are terrified of cremation, old women are besieged in their homes, and Ah Bengs still dream of being Superman. Boom tells the story of an elderly woman and her property agent son in Singapore, who are struggling over the potential en bloc sale of their home. Their destinies become interwoven with that of an idealistic civil servant, Jeremiah, who is facing the greatest challenge of his career—persuading a reluct...

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  • Teo Xue Shen

    Children Of The Ark

    $18.00

    An underground rebel group sneaks around Singapore using Forbidden Paths to save shunned children called the Pentagons. Zan loathes the children called Pentagons, but she is tasked to save them. The rescue missions lead her to confront a long-buried past and a deep-seated hatred. Zan loves her coffee, her parang and her best (and only) friend Rani. She is focused on serving out her time with an underground organisation called ARK when she meets Ray, a mysterious fighter everyone fears. Paired...

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  • Chong Tze Chien

    Chong Tze Chien: Four Plays

    $24.00

    Singapore’s most promising playwright presents his sophomore collection of plays, including Charged, winner of the 2011 The Straits Times’ Life! Theatre Award for Best Script. Through his signature use of experimental and innovative puppetry and stage devices, Chong’s Charged is Singapore’s most controversial and nuanced political play to date—addressing the issue of racial tensions in the most explosive of scenarios—that of a Chinese corporal shooting his Malay counterpart while on military ...

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  • Ng Swee San

    Chop-Chop The Trishaw

    $14.00

    Illustrated by Han Qingping Chop-chop the Trishaw wants to go zoom like a sports car. Surrounded by his much faster petrol-fuelled friends, he feels like he’s being left behind and is in a hurry to catch up to his more modern counterparts. With a newly installed engine, he leaves his automobile buddies in the dust. But Chop-chop really isn’t really built for speed, and that leads to unexpected consequences. Chop-chop the Trishaw is the second book in the Really Wheelie Buddies series that int...

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  • Mohamed Latiff Mohamed

    Confrontation

    $24.00

    translated by Shafiq Selamat Adi loves his life in the kampung: climbing the ancient banyan tree, watching ten-cent movies with his friends, fetching worms for the village bomoh. The residents of Kampung Pak Buyung may not have many material goods, but their simple lives are happy. However, looming on the horizon are political upheaval, race riots, gang wars and the Konfrontasi with Indonesia. Mohamed Latiff Mohamed, three-time winner of the Singapore Literature Prize, brilliantly dramatises ...

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  • Lesley-Anne and Monica Lim

    Danger Dan And Gadget Girl: The Animal Abduction

    $10.00

    Illustrated by Elvin Ching Danny and Melody are back together again, except this time, they’re in Melody’s world! Welcome to Singapore 2135, where cars travel the skyways, the grass is so soft you can sleep on it, and everything runs perfectly. Danny is thrilled with the brilliant gadgets...but some things are not quite what they seem. In The Animal Abduction, a new secret friend brings trouble to the Zoo! Danger Dan and Gadget Girl have to clean up the mess before it grows to elephant propor...

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  • Lesley-Anne and Monica Lim

    Danger Dan And Gadget Girl: The Gruesome Garden

    $10.00

    Illustrated by Elvin Ching Dog is lost! It’s a race against time as Danny and Melody have to find him in the heart of the Botanic Gardens before the authorities get to him first. The odds are against them as Dog is ill, Melody meets her worst feathery fear, and Danny has his very own plant predicament…involving bean sprouts. In The Gruesome Garden, Danger Dan, Gadget Girl and Power Paws are in a leafy mess! A secret evil has taken root among the plants in 2135, causing them to have a life of ...

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  • Lesley-Anne and Monica Lim

    Danger Dan And Gadget Girl: The Robot Revolution

    $10.00

    Illustrated by Elvin Ching What happens when machines in 2135 are created to be so smart that they become smarter than humans? In this final instalment of the Danger Dan and Gadget Girl series, it’s the electrifying battle between the 100% efficient robots vs the helpless humans (who are not quite so efficient and often not sure of what they’re doing). Do humans even stand a chance? Or will they meet their digital doom? In The Robot Revolution, Danger Dan, Gadget Girl and Power Paws have to a...

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  • Lesley-Anne and Monica Lim

    Danger Dan And Gadget Girl: The Watery Wipeout

    $10.00

    Illustrated by Elvin Ching A mysterious water-borne disease is plaguing Singapore in 2135 and the blame has fallen on Melody’s brilliant brother, Bob. Danny and Melody have a slippery task at hand—to get to the bottom of the outbreak and prove Bob’s innocence…while keeping Dog a secret. In The Watery Wipeout, Danger Dan, Gadget Girl and Power Paws navigate underground tunnels, break mind-boggling codes and even get to ride on a Hover Cab! They discover that future Singapore is an island of ne...

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  • Lesley-Anne and Monica Lim

    Danger Dan And Gadget Girl: The Zany Zombie-fest

    $10.00

    Illustrated by Elvin Ching What do you get when you mix one cup of Banana Mania Milk, a chicken rice food pastille, a dash of the undead and a sprinkle of terror? A recipe for disaster! Danny discovers that his favourite pastime—eating—has taken on a whole new flavour in 2135. In The Zany Zombie-fest, Danger Dan, Gadget Girl and Power Paws come face-to-face with the horrifying monsters of Haw Par Villa… and we’re not even talking about those in the Ten Courts of Hell! The superheroes have to ...

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  • Lesley-Anne and Monica Lim

    Danger Dan Confronts The Merlion Mastermind

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    Illustrated by James Tan Psst! Pay attention: eleven-year-old Danny is about to start his secret life. And you are not allowed to tell anyone, or who knows what will happen? A mysterious time warp is already messing Singapore up. Big time. But don’t worry. Danny is about to transform into Danger Dan–the only boy superhero who can save us all! In Danger Dan Confronts the Merlion Mastermind, Danger Dan has to race against time to ensure the merlion doesn’t end up with orchids around its head! S...

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  • You Jin

    Death By Perfume

    $24.00

    Translated by Jeremy Tiang In the late 1970s, a young Singaporean writer arrives in Jeddah with an infant son. She encounters a strange and often hostile environment with curiosity, empathy and good humour. In this collection of linked stories, the narrator confronts, among others, a bored expat wife with dangerously extravagant tastes, a divorced engineer with the face of a camel, and a desperate security guard who finds solace in downing bottles of perfume. Beguiling, plaintive and profound...

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  • Wong Souk Yee

    Death Of A Perm Sec

    $18.00

    Death of a Perm Sec is a mystery about the demise of the permanent-secretary of the housing ministry, Chow Sze Teck, accused of accepting millions of dollars in bribes over his career. Set in 1980's Singapore, the novel examines the civil servant’s death, which first appears to be suicide by a cocktail of alcohol, morphine and Valium. But upon investigation by a CID inspector who might not be what he seems, the family discovers there may be far more sinister circumstances behind his death, th...

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  • Desmond Sim

    Desmond Sim: Six Plays

    $24.00

    From one of Singapore’s most garlanded playwrights comes his first collection of published plays, including Autumn Tomyam, winner of Best Original Script and Play of the Year in the 2002 DBS Life! Theatre Awards. Guaranteed to challenge readers’ prejudices, Desmond Sim’s Six Plays is a bold and often hilarious exploration of sexuality, polygamy and love in all its guises.Paperback: 308 PagesProduct Dimensions: 145 x 210 mmISBN: 9789810756895Published by Epigram Books

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  • Desmond Sim

    Desmond Sim: Student Plays

    $16.00

    In veteran playwright Desmond Sim’s first collection for students, food and family ground seven heartwarming plays as sons and daughters, fathers and grandmothers fight, heal and find love in the kitchen and around the dining table. This collection includes Drunken Prawns, winner of the first Hewlett Packard/Action Theatre Ten-Minute Play Contest, and other critically acclaimed plays such as Teochew Porridge and The Durian Man and His Daughters, with a foreword by Dr. K. K. Seet. Paperback: 2...

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  • Jason Erik Lundberg

    Diary Of One Who Disappeared

    $18.00

    The year is 2040 and an envoy of the North American Union finds himself a fugitive in the Southeast Asian nation of Tinhau. Lucas Lehrer is tasked with travelling from the North American Union to the island-nation of Tinhau to extend the offer of political partnership. When negotiations break down, Lucas decides to request asylum, and he soon encounters an odd series of coincidences in which his deep-seated desires start coming true. Among the backdrop of societal instability and growing nati...

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  • Stephanie Street

    Dragonflies

    $13.00

    Dragonflies is the story of a family fighting for survival in a hostile world, looking for somewhere to call home, and something that might look like hope. The year is 2021 and climate change is wreaking havoc across the globe. Donald Trump has been re-elected US President for a second term. Brexit is in full effect and causing chaos all over Europe. In the wake of escalating wars in the Middle East, famine in West Africa, and relentless terrorist attacks by radical extremists, the UK—and man...

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  • Gerry Alanguilan

    Elmer

    $24.00

    Chickens have inexplicably gained sapience and the United Nations officially recognises the species Gallus Gallus as newest members of the human race. This is the world that Jake Gallo knows, but he still has a chip on his shoulder towards mankind—he chides an employer for her biased hiring practices, scoffs at a woman who sits on him on the bus and criticises his sister when he learns she’s engaged to a man. When he gets a call early one morning, Jake rushes to the bedside of his ailing fath...

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  • Jean Tay

    Everything But The Brain

    $13.00

    What do Physics, three bears and a stroke have in common? Take a journey with Elaine, a middle-aged Physics teacher, as she explains the theory of relativity using the metaphor of three bears and a train, and devises a plan to turn back time and save her ailing father from physical determination. Written by gifted playwright Jean Tay, Everything but the Brain was first developed at the Playwrights’ Cove at The Necessary Stage in 2001 and staged by Action Theatre in 2005. It won Best Original ...

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  • Tan Tarn How

    Fear Of Writing

    $13.00

    The maestro of political plays is back and his latest offering in a decade, Fear of Writing, is a groundbreaking commentary with its finger on the political pulse of Singapore today. In Fear of Writing, a playwright struggles with writer’s block, a director and producer bemoan their failure to get a government license to stage their play, and a father writes to his daughter overseas. Seemingly disparate elements are woven together, while the line between art, performance and reality begin to ...

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  • Singai Ma Elangkannan

    Flowers At Dawn

    $17.00

    translated by A.R. Venkatachalapathy War is looming when Anbarasan arrives in Singapore from Tamil Nadu in the 1940s. Stirred by charismatic Indian National Army leader Subhas Chandra Bose to take up the struggle for India’s independence, he fights alongside the Japanese against the British in Southeast Asia. In this moving novel of an early immigrant’s political and sexual awakening during World War II, Flowers at Dawn uncovers a little-known period of Singapore’s history with drama and real...

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  • O Thiam Chin

    Fox Fire Girl

    $24.00

    Derrick can’t believe his luck when he rekindles a romance with ex-girlfriend Yifan. But Yifan remains aloof and distant, eventually confiding to Derrick that in her hometown of Ipoh, she discovered that she is actually a fox spirit with mystical powers. But Derrick isn’t the only person who has fallen under Yifan’s spell. Unbeknownst to him, Tien Chen, a man with an unhealthy obsession with fire, has also been dating her. When Tien Chen eventually confronts Yifan about her infidelity, she te...

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  • Andrew Koh

    Glass Cathedral

    $17.00

    Winner of the Singapore Literature Prize Commendation Award, Glass Cathedral's sensitive depiction of homosexuality in conservative Singapore is a landmark in local literature. This novella was part of a small wave of gay and lesbian-themed drama and fiction that appeared in Singapore during the early 1990s.Paperback: 288 PagesProduct Dimensions: 130 x 200 mmISBN: 9789810899325Published by Epigram Books

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  • Low Ying Ping

    Goodbye, Mount Emily

    $12.00

    In the concluding book of the Mount Emily series, Patsy and Elena are now in Secondary Four and face having to leave Mount Emily Girls’ School by the end of the year. However, they soon find that graduating from their beloved school is the least of their concerns, as unexpected circumstances lead them to have a final showdown with the Midnight Warriors, and in so doing, change the course of time travel forever. Paperback: 186 PagesProduct Dimensions: 129 x 198 mmISBN: 9789814757799 Published ...

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    Lloyd Fernando

    Green Is The Colour

    $19.00

    First published by Landmark Books in 1993, Green is the Colour explores how people of different races face the challenges of living together. The story centres on Yun Ming and Siti Sara falling in love with each other in the post-13 May 1969 period in Malaysia. Both characters are not only from different racial backgrounds and faiths but are also married to different people. In addition, Siti Sara’s father is a respected religious figure. How do the protagonists resolve their excruciatingly d...

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  • Boey Kim Cheng

    Gull Between Heaven And Earth

    $24.00

    For Emperor and Country, or Love and Family? Zimei (子美) is faced with a bleak future. Despite his great potential and hailing from an illustrious lineage, he serves his Emperor as a lowly Tang Dynasty official, having failed the Imperial Examinations twice. He sets out on a lifelong journey, seeking out first hermits and sages, then peace and home while documenting in verse the sufferings unleashed by civil war, sealing a friendship with the infamous Li Bai that will leave a remarkable legacy...

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  • Suffian Hakim

    Harris Bin Potter And The Stoned Philosopher

    $18.00

    An illustrated edition of the author’s first novel—the hilarious, viral hit Harris bin Potter and the Stoned Philosopher, in which a bespectacled boy finds out that magic is disappearing in Singapore... and has to stop it. Harris bin Potter is an orphan who loves to play void deck football like any other Singaporean boy. But when he discovers he is a parceltongue (i.e., he can talk to boxes...er, parcels), his world changes. Harris learns about his magical lineage and enrols at the MOE-approv...

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  • Philip Holden

    Heaven Has Eyes

    $18.00

    A teacher and his wife get caught up in the drama of election politics and a Channel 8 soap opera. An invalid house-sits for his sister and has to care for his nephew’s pampered pet pig. A daughter travels overseas to convince her elderly father to move home with her. An academic must navigate an opaque bureaucracy to renew his Re-Entry Permit. A young Lee Kuan Yew finds camaraderie with a future Canadian Prime Minister in England, and relentless tenacity from a British student in Canada desp...

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  • Joshua Kam

    How The Man In Green Saved Pahang, And Possibly The World

    $24.00

    When a renegade prophet vanishes in a cloud of pigeons in Kuala Lumpur, chorister and first witness Gabriel finds himself press-ganged into a wild road trip down the Malaysian coast. Meanwhile, in a sleepy town by the sea, Lydia traces the links between her late grandaunt’s eccentric lover and her involvement in the Communist Emergency. As Lydia and Gabriel enter a shadowy mythology of serpents, Sufi saints and plainclothes gods, they must grapple with the theologies and histories they once t...

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  • Carissa Foo

    If It Were Up To Mrs Dada

    $24.00

    Today is National Day. It is also Cheryl Dada’s birthday. As Elderflower Home prepares for the celebration, Cheryl Dada too gets ready for her party. Between the hours of noon and seven p.m., she encounters the cantankerous residents and caregivers, her mother and people of yesteryears. What unfolds is a story about a woman coming to terms with age, loss and love.Paperback: 180 PagesProduct Dimensions: 152 x 225 mmISBN: 9789814785983 Published by Epigram Books

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  • Yeoh Jo-Ann

    Impractical Uses Of Cake

    $26.00

    Sukhin is a thirty-five-year-old teacher who lives alone. His life consists of reading, working and visiting his parents’ to rearrange his piles of “collectibles”. He has only one friend, another teacher who has managed to force Sukhin into a friendship by sheer doggedness. While on an errand one afternoon in Chinatown, he encounters a homeless person who recognises him. This chance reunion turns Sukhin’s well-planned life upside down, and the pair learns about love and sacrifice over their s...

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    You Jin

    In Time, Out Of Place

    $24.00

    Translated by Shelly Byrant You Jin brings to her travel writing the same wit evident in her fiction. Whether she is trekking through the Amazon rainforest, exploring the caves of Granada with gypsy pickpockets, visiting a farm stay in Tasmania, or negotiating for a horsehair-lacquer cup in Myanmar, she is adept at weaving a whimsical incident into a compelling and amusing narrative. Her trademark spirited humour brings to life the vastness of the globe we inhabit, as well as more intimate en...

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  • Balli Kaur Jaswal

    Inheritance

    $24.00

    A nation’s coming-of-age story, seen through the sharp lens of a traditional Punjabi family as it gradually unravels. Set in Singapore between 1970 and 1990, Inheritance follows the familial fissures that develop after teenaged Amrit disappears. Although her absence is brief, she returns as a different person. Over two decades, as Singapore’s political, social and cultural landscapes change, the family’s attempts to cope with the shifts ­ those coming from outside and from within ­ lead to so...

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