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OUR BOOK OF THE MONTH IS STRANGERS ON A PIER BY TASH AW
OUR BOOK OF THE MONTH IS STRANGERS ON A PIER BY TASH AW

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    Suchen Christine Lim

    A Bit Of Earth

    $21.00

    Malaya. A land of unparalleled richness. For centuries, the peninsular has attracted fortune hunters, money-grabbing pirates and migrants seeking a better life. Among those whose lives are rooted in the Malayan soil are three families—the Wings, sons of the Chinese earth; the Wee's, subjects of the English gods; and the Mahmuds, scions of the Malayan soil–each with different dreams for the bit of earth they live on. Their destinies meet and this clash of hopes inevitably leads to tragedy. In ...

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    Gopal Baratham

    A Candle Or The Sun

    $26.00

    "Early in my working life I had discovered that salesmanship consisted not of providing people with what they needed, but with that which was essential to their dreams. I was confident that our dining-room suite, complete with carpets, curtains and an artificial fireplace, would shortly be snapped up by people occupying oven-hot semis in the newer and, as yet, treeless, housing estates on the island. The possibility of winter is essential to the happiness of people living in the tropics." Her...

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  • Philip Jeyaretnam

    Abraham's Promise

    $14.50

    Abraham Isaac, teacher of Latin, philosopher, and father, has, after many years, a young pupil. Teaching pulls him back into his memories: of Rose, his first love; Mercy, his stubborn sister; and most of all of Rani, his beloved wife. Now he is old, and the burden of his years weighs on him heavily. Distanced from a present devoid of idealism and obsessed with power and money, Abraham is estranged from his strong, successful son. Descending into the past, Abraham is led from the promise of yo...

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  • Claire Tham

    Fascist Rock

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    Claire Tham’s rebels tease us with the most provocative questions. Was Hitler the first rock star? Is college spirit a huge con-game? Are teachers fascist? Chris, the angry college punk; Lee, the deejay’s Americanised daughter; James, the pretender; Jeanne, the alienated wife; the Tiananmen refugee. These are some of the rebels who walk through the disturbingly familiar stories in Fascist Rock. Bitterly, yet eloquently, they voice our own hidden rebellion. Paperback: 160 PagesProduct Dimensio...

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  • Minfong Ho

    Journeys

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    “As I packed... I began to realise that what I really wanted to bring could not be packed.” Journeys is a collection of 12 timeless short stories and essays written by Minfong Ho over two decades and three continents. Set in the various places where she lived and worked, these compelling pieces describe the journeys – both physical and emotional – undertaken by an intriguing array of people, from Cambodian refugees in upstate New York to a young windsurfer in Singapore. Paperback: 176 PagesPr...

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  • Catherine Lim

    O Singapore!

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    From the playfully satirical pen of Catherine Lim comes the wild, weird and wacky world of O Singapore! This is modern-day Singapore where the campaigns and directives of the unremittingly competent leadership come face to face with the undeniably human fads, foibles and follies of the local people. Using uniquely Singaporean traits as focal points, Lim takes us through the dizzying whirl of these merry collisions with consummate wit and comic inventiveness. Paperback: 144 PagesProduct Dimens...

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  • Philip Jeyaretnam

    Raffles Place Ragtime

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    A story of a young man’s exploits at his workplace and his efforts to climb the social ladder, Raffles Place Ragtime examines the complex issues of ambition, deception, and love amidst the high-speed hustle of Singapore’s financial district and high society. This landmark novel explores the implications of hard-nosed material aspirations at the level of individual experiences and its ensuing emotional and psychological consequences. Paperback: 160 PagesProduct Dimensions: 115 x 180 mmISBN: 97...

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    Suchen Christine Lim

    Rice Bowl

    $19.00

    Young, passionate and idealistic, Sister Marie rejects the conformity of her first love, Paul Tan, the police inspector. She embraces the liberalism of her second love, Hans Kuhn, the American missionary, and leads a group of students to question the values of a nation gripped by fear of the government and loss of their rice bowl. They organise a protest march against the Vietnam War, which leads to a riot, detention and deportation of the workers she tries to help. Ser Mei, her student and t...

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  • Claire Tham

    Saving The Rainforest And Other Stories

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    “I believe in the sanctity of the ordinariness of everyday life: beyond its charmed boundaries lies confusion.” So speaks the voice of conservatism and conformity. But shouldn’t one fly, push oneself to the limit and beyond, break all rules? With humour and intelligence, the stories in Saving the Rainforest explore the tensions that can arise when the desire for personal fulfilment clashes with society’s norms. Paperback: 160 PagesProduct Dimensions: 115 x 180 mmISBN: 9789814974486 Published ...

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    Gopal Baratham

    Sayang

    $26.00

    "Though I rarely had occasion to use it, I know the word and its implications well. It was truly a Southeast Asian word, soft as its people and well-understood from Marang to Manila, Surabaya to Sulawesi, Kuala Lumpur to Kota Kinabalu. It describes a love bound to sadness, a tenderness trembling on the edge of tears, a passion from which pity could not be detached... I did not realise how fully I would understand sayang. Had I known, I would have given it more thought." Joe Samy suspects that...

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  • Colin Cheong

    Seventeen

    $14.50

    Running away from his family and second-language problems, Richard Young With-No-Chinese-Name finds refuge in his college darkroom and his friends. Like shutterbug ZZ. Like the seemingly unattainable Samantha. Like gung-ho Janice and laidback Jacqueline. And seventeen looks like a great age to be forever. Until a mysterious Chinese flute player suddenly enters their lives, and slowly – and tragically – Richard’s life begins to unravel. Paperback: 144 PagesProduct Dimensions: 115 x 180 mmISBN:...

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  • Minfong Ho

    The Clay Marble

    $14.50

    When civil war in Cambodia erupts, 12-year-old Dara and her family are forced out of their home and flee to the Thai-Cambodian border, where they find food, refuge and friends. But this security is short-lived as fighting and shelling hit the camp. In the ensuing chaos, Dara is separated from her family, and it will take everything that she has and more to bring the people she loves back together again. Paperback: 176 PagesProduct Dimensions: 115 x 180 mmISBN: 9789814974578 Published by Marsh...

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    Gopal Baratham

    The Collected Short Stories Of Gopal Baratham

    $29.00

    This exciting collection brings together thirty-nine of the late Dr. Gopal Baratham's characteristic and revered pieces. In his usual blunt, strong and controversial style, Baratham's socio-political critiques are 'peopled' by characters from virtually every background and class--with their frustrated hopes, wild illusions and excesses. Paired with a stylistic and evolving narrative voice, as seen in dialogue that fluctuates from poetic to quirky, this writer's ambivalent medium is also his m...

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  • Lachlan J. Madsen and Eleanor Nilsson

    The Community Cat Chronicles

    $18.00

    The Community Cat Chronicles is a collection of linked stories about the cats, not quite house pets and certainly not strays, who live around the apartment blocks of Avenue 1. Despite marking and defending their territory, they share it with the human residents who devote time and resources to keeping them fed and healthy. The stories, sometimes amusing, sometimes sad, are based on real cats, reflecting the ups and downs of their lives and their changing relationships.Paperback: 128 PagesProd...

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  • Lachlan J. Madsen and Eleanor Nilsson

    The Community Cat Chronicles 2

    $16.00

    The neighbourhood felines of Avenue 1 are back, with curious new additions! Theodora Tuxedo wasn’t the only feline to arrive and stay with Eugene’s family at Block 223. Firstborn, a son Satu (also a tuxedo but in white mess dress), would plop out with a mewl into Stepdad’s pyjama pants one early Sunday morning, with tortoiseshell Dua and calico Tiga to follow. There’s a lot to learn if you’re a kitten: how to use your whiskers, how to know when a rat is a rat (and when it isn’t) and how to ac...

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  • Colin Cheong

    The Man In The Cupboard

    $14.50

    After 15 years of humiliation, Timothy is coming out of the closet to murder his insensitive and domineering wife, Marcia. The Man in the Cupboard is a sad and darkly funny tale of isolation – in both life and dreams. Winner of the 1998 Singapore Literature Prize Merit Award. Paperback: 144 PagesProduct Dimensions: 115 x 180 mmISBN: 9789814974509 Published by Marshall Cavendish

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  • Ovidia Yu

    The Mouse Marathon

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    Lee Jaylin, a 31-year-old workaholic Advertising Executive, wonders just what the point of it all is when her long-time friend and lover departs to travel the world, leaving her with the less than exhilarating task of promoting ‘designer condoms’. With penetration, humour and roller-coaster momentum, Ovidia Yu subtly weaves an intricate web of hidden relationships with a highly comic series of events, in the process questioning the most cherished assumptions of Singapore’s high-pressure, brea...

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  • Michael Chiang

    The New Army Daze

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    The story of one terrified National Serviceman’s comic misadventures during Basic Military Training. From the traumas of enlistment to the joys of field training, The New Army Daze details every faltering step in an 18-year-old’s journey into manhood. Essential reading for old soldiers, new soldiers, and anyone who has ever watched an army commercial. Paperback: 128 PagesProduct Dimensions: 115 x 180 mmISBN: 9789814974523 Published by Marshall Cavendish

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  • Catherine Lim

    They Do Return

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    A boy is given a girl’s name so that he can escape the attention of malignant ghouls. A devout Catholic priest is suspected of hanky-panky with a submissive Chinese wife when she gives birth to an albino child. A young girl student dies before her English examinations, but still manages to write an out-of-point essay for the Cambridge Syndicate. From societal superstitions and the imagination come these 15 tales of the paranormal. Paperback: 192 PagesProduct Dimensions: 115 x 180 mmISBN: 9789...

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  • Nicholas Yong

    Track Faults And Other Glitches

    $22.00

    Deep in the heart of the Zombie Civil Service, a secret meeting is held to preempt an impending disaster. In the heartlands, a devoted Shiba Inu, a dog breed from Japan, seeks the divine in her quest for answers. And what happens when an MRT train goes underground, and never comes back out? This collection of 10 short stories transports you from the deeply familiar to the supernatural, exploring things that cannot and should not be. In Track Faults and Other Glitches, Nicholas Yong takes us o...

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