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  • Melissa De Silva

    'Others' Is Not A Race

    $19.00

    What is a Eurasian? Are Eurasians Singaporean? What does it mean to be a Eurasian living in Singapore? While having existed in Singapore as long as any other community, Eurasians, who comprise less than one percent of the population, still remain a fairly obscure group to many Singaporeans. 'OTHERS' IS NOT A RACE is a tapestry that weaves together the multiple genres of narrative fiction, creative nonfiction, literary food writing and family memoir, to offer insight into the micro-minority Eu...

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  • Martin Villanueva and Joshua Ip

    11 X 9

    $19.00

    Eleven writers from the Philippines and nine from Singapore were connected via Google Docs and a pining for “the composition of alternatives, other realms and planes, a space upon which another kind of lived experience could be had.” Seven pairs and two threesomes wrote back and forth toward what could be called “cross-cultural literature ​if not ​a mess.​” The result: this volume. An encounter with annotated small talk, versified duets, digitally mediated dances, riffs against blackouts, and...

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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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    Isa Kamari

    1819

    $23.00

    1819. That was the year Stamford Raffles landed at South Point and founded SIngapore. It was also the year that the famous Muslim saint Habib Nuh came to Singapore from Penang. The story unfolds the tense and colourful relationship between the two significant figures in Singapore history between the early and late 1800s. Other characters that shaped the social, economic and political developments of the Malays in Singapore then were Sultan Hussein, Temenggung Abdul Rahman, Wak Cantuk, Munshi ...

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    Chye Kiang Heng

    50 Years Of Urban Planning In Singapore

    $39.00

    50 Years of Urban Planning in Singapore is an accessible and comprehensive volume on Singapore's planning approach to urbanization. Organized into three parts, the first section of the volume, 'Paradigms, Policies, and Processes', provides an overview of the ideologies and strategies underpinning urban planning in Singapore; the second section, 'The Built Environment as a Sum of Parts', delves into the key land use sectors of Singapore's urban planning system; and the third section, 'Urban Co...

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  • The Necessary Stage

    9 Lives: 10 Years Of Singapore Theatre

    $19.90

    In this rare book, The Necessary Stage has compiled a stimulating collection of essays and discussions that survey aspects of 10 years of Singapore theatre. From a detailed pre-1985 history of the English language theatre in Singapore, to arts education, community theatre and playwriting; from an engagement with the methodology and collaborative practice of The Necessary Stage to a candid interview with premier Singapore dramatist, Kuo Pao Kun, 9 Lives: 10 Years of Singapore Theatre will enga...

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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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    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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  • Daryl Lim Wei Jie

    A Book Of Changes

    $16.00

    Change is what happens to everything: history is humanity's attempt to make sense of this inevitability. In his debut collection of poetry, Daryl Lim Wei Jie paints minute strokes that give way to panoramas, strewn with unusual asides: migrants crossing oceans; an ancient king reclaiming a throne; rivers clogged with corpses; the paperwork for an invasion; a milo dinosaur the height of Mount Everest. A Book of Changes is a young poet's attempt to make sense of the impossible ebb and flow of t...

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  • Ng Yi-Sheng

    A Book Of Hims

    $16.00

    In 2008, Ng Yi-Sheng won the Singapore Literature Prize for Last Boy, a debut collection which explored the poet's coming of age as a gay man. A Book of Hims is a spiritual sequel to this work, written with a voice that has grown older, but remains just as eccentric and reckless as before. Once again, he deals with the topics of male love and spirituality, recollecting current and past romances, odes to mentors and holy figures, as well as experiments with diverse poetic forms, including the ...

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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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  • 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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  • Peter Ho, Liu Thai Ker and Tan Wee Kiat

    A Chance Of A Lifetime

    $32.00

    Lee Kuan Yew once described the opportunity to remake Singapore as 'a chance of a lifetime'. This book explores Lee's pivotal role in Singapore's urban development during his years as prime minister from 1959 to 1990. A Chance of a Lifetime recognises Lee's achievements from the standpoint of Singapore's 50th anniversary of independence and looks forward to challenges that the city-state might encounter over the next 50 years, The book is broken up into the four main components of Singapore's...

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  • Mahita Vas

    A Good Day To Die

    $19.90

    In 2019, Singapore had 400 reported suicides, with an increasing number of young people choosing to take their lives. It is estimated that 800,000 people globally kill themselves every year. Our post pandemic world, with its numerous disruptions, has also forced more people to seek help for mental health issues. While much has been said about the toll on mental health, there is little understanding of why people choose to kill themselves, especially when many, like celebrities Anthony Bourdai...

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  • C. M. Turnbull

    A History Of Modern Singapore

    $25.00

    C. M. Turnbull’s one-volume history of Singapore has been an essential resource since its first edition was published in 1977. Revised fully twice, in 1989 and 2006, it remains irreplaceable, even as new research has widened the vistas with which to understand the island city state, over a longer time-period and in broader contexts. In particular, Turnbull's History provides a solid foundation for understanding of the 200-year trajectory from modern colonial outpost to world city. While many ...

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  • Shashi Jayakumar

    A History Of The People's Action Party

    $49.00

    We are currently accepting pre-orders for this title. Orders of this title are expected to be fulfilled by late-December 2021. Click here to find out more about when your pre-order will ship. The People's Action Party (PAP) of Singapore is among the longest-ruling democratically-elected political parties in the world, in power continuously since Singapore gained self-rule in 1959. Such longevity is the product of an institution that is itself dynamic and responsive. But remarkably, the story ...

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  • Lynette Wan

    A Kummy Story: Juno

    $16.00

    Have you ever heard of the Kummies? They are plant people who live on a fruit farm. They look identical, think alike and do the same thing every other day. Juno, a Kummy who looks a little different from the rest, chooses to be the exception - something most of us stay away from. An unexpected trip and fierce summer heat upset the Kummies' routine, leaving them with no choice but to seek help from Juno. How can Juno help? Will the Kummies embrace change? The Kummies are about to embark on the...

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  • You Jin

    A Life In Words

    $24.00

    Translated by Shelly Bryant “For many years, I have made my living by the pen. In 2005, when my autobiography was published in Chinese, I gave it the title 文字就是生命 or A Life in Words. These words encapsulate the beautiful connection between me and my lifelong devotion to the literary arts. Literature and I have transformed into a single entity, and I can feel Chinese characters bobbing along through my veins.” Acclaimed author You Jin recounts her life as a daughter, writer and mother in this ...

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  • Christine Chia, Joshua Ip and Cheryl Julia Lee

    A Luxury: Omnibus Edition

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    A Luxury: Omnibus Edition is simultaneously a time capsule and a time-machine. The first volume, A Luxury We Cannot Afford, bottled the lightning of poetry, prose and plays in 2015. The second, A Luxury We Must Afford, took a leap forward into the unknown future of Singapore. You will find something to please and pique every reader in this anthology. Hardback: 398 PagesProduct Dimensions: 140 x 205 mmISBN: 9789811809002Signed Edition with Dust Jacket is limited to 30 copies Published by Math ...

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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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  • Jordan Melic

    A Tree To Take Us Up To Heaven

    $19.00

    Kueny isn’t much of a worrier, except maybe when it comes to her father, the Custodian of a Thousand Generations, whose soul is hanging by a thread. But when her brother, Ah Ti, inherits the throne and smashes the Watercress Elixir that preserves her family’s heavenly reign, her worries take on a whole new dimension. Left with no choice, the siblings set out in search of a new home, embarking on a perilous journey that takes them through 14th century Majapahit and 19th century Malaya, where t...

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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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  • Stephanie Ho

    ABC Kiam Chye Char Loti

    $19.00

    Welcome to ABC Kiam Chye Char Loti. For this edition, we've invited the usual suspects to bring you through the quirks of our "national language" in Singlish!Trace our Uniquely Singapore culture through these catchphrases and explore the ways in which various languages are used and reinvented. This is possibly the most passionate project by Math Paper Press to date.Hardback: 56 PagesProduct Dimensions: 180 x 170 mmISBN: 9789811150852Published by Math Paper Press

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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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  • 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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  • Tay Kheng Soon

    Activist Architecture

    $55.00

    We are currently accepting pre-orders for this title. Orders of this title are expected to be fulfilled by late-November 2021. Click here to find out more about when your pre-order will ship. Esteemed architect Tay Kheng Soon is known for his out-of-the-box architectural designs—think iconic, multifunctional brutalist buildings such as the People’s Park Complex and the Golden Mile Complex. Tay seeks to implement Asian philosophy and local design elements for the enhancement of spatial plannin...

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  • Cyril Wong

    After You

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    In a lasting marriage, one could still outlive the other. A poet gazes upon his older partner, pondering the inevitable. Panic, heartache, and a surprising sense of acceptance, interwoven with instances of joyful resilience, punctuate the ordinariness of their everyday lives and occupy these poems about same-sex love, death, and the fragile art of testimony. Hardback: 112 PagesProduct Dimensions: 140 x 205 mmISBN: 9789811473722Signed Edition with Dust Jacket is limited to 50 copies Published ...

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  • Werner Kho

    Afterimage

    $16.00

    Afterimage: an image that continues to appear even after the original has ceased. Werner Kho’s debut poetry collection is both personal and yet universal, an exploration of the process of loss and how they come back to us in every different angle.Paperback: 43 PagesProduct Dimensions: 125 x 210 mmISBN: 9789811173219Published by Math Paper Press

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  • Linda Locke and James Wolf

    Agnes And Her Amazing Orchid

    $14.00

    Illustrated by Muhammad Noh Arjuna In the 1800s, a girl named Agnes Joaquim was passionate about plants. She learned to grow cool-weather European vegetables in the heat of Singapore. As she grew up, she collected many prizes for her plants. One day, after many trials and difficulty, she created a brand-new orchid. She showed it to an orchid expert named Henry Ridley, who officially named the flower the Vanda Miss Joaquim. This is the story of how one woman's ingenuity and determination creat...

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  • James Francis Warren

    Ah Ku And Karayuki-san

    $45.00

    Among the many groups of workers whose labor built Singapore in the 20th century, there may be none as marginalized in memory as the women who travelled from China and Japan to work in Singapore as prostitutes. This study sketches in the trade in women and children in Asia, and - making innovative use of Coroner's Inquests and other records - hones in on the details of the prostitutes' lives in the colonial city: the daily brothel routine, crises and violence, social relations, leisure, mobil...

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  • AKAR

    AKAR: Motion

    $25.00

    In this issue, we want to explore what it means to move and to be moved​—​across time, space, worlds, and circumstances. Why do people move? How does art communicate across mediums to open our eyes to the world? As that which sustains us, do we value our relationship with our rivers? What does it mean to raise your hands to the heavens and prostrate on the earth? What happens when you literally lose your ability to move?Paperback: 138 PagesProduct Dimensions: 170 x 240 mmISBN: 9789811436710Pu...

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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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  • Jason Wee

    An Epic Of Durable Departures

    $16.00

    This new poetry collection stands as a record of a friendship between two artists formed in the shadow of illness and mortality. Using the renga and haiku as departure points, Wee wrestles with the limits of art and of the document even as he summons werewolves, ghosts, and other myths. Faced with the inadequacies of witness, An Epic moves towards the living in reverse time, opening with obituaries and ending with a renewed beginning.Paperback: 85 PagesProduct Dimensions: 125 x 210 mmISBN: 97...

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  • Thea Lim

    An Ocean Of Minutes

    $19.00

    Polly and Frank are young and in love, a lifetime together before them. But one evening in 1980, as the Texas sun sets over their shoulders, the world is suddenly pulled apart by a deadly virus. Within months, Frank is dying. Polly can save him, but only if she agrees to a radical plan: to time travel to 1993 for a corporation who can fund his life-saving treatment. She can only go forward, she cannot go back. And she must leave everything she loves behind, including Frank. All they have is t...

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  • Lee Jing-Jing

    And Other Rivers

    $16.00

    In And Other Rivers, lives are carved open from tip to tail and laid out for display. A child watches her father perform a lunar new year ritual. First-generation migrants swim for shore. A woman dives into fast flowing water. This collection of poetry is about fluid longings, and about the searches and meanderings one embarks on to fulfil those longings. And Other Rivers starts close to home, winds its way across foreign landscapes, and finds its way back again.Paperback: 52 PagesProduct Dim...

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  • Danielle Lim

    And Softly Go The Crossings

    $24.00

    The silent interplay between beauty and darkness, pain and healing. In this collection of short stories, Singapore Literature Prize-winner Danielle Lim probes the unseen changes which take place in the human psyche and their impact on the textures of life. Weaving through pain and healing, beauty and darkness, these silent crossings of the human heart and mind are deep and formidable. Yet they often go unnoticed due to their quiet, subtle nature. From a man struggling to bridge the distance b...

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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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  • Tania De Rozario

    And The Walls Come Crumbling Down

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    In 2003, a young woman leaves home without telling her family that she is not coming back. She spends the next six years moving from house to house and living hand-to- mouth; at first with her lover, and then alone. And The Walls Come Crumbling Down parallels three events in the author’s life: the physical deterioration of the house in which she lives, the emotional disintegration of a couple once in love, and the unearthing of childhood ghosts that can’t seem to be cast off. Part memoir and ...

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  • Cyril Wong

    Animal Season

    $10.00

    illustrated by Speak Cryptic From a crow and his famous pitcher to a story about a spiteful bee, Aesop’s fables have been known to instruct or affirm universal truths. For Cyril Wong, however, many of them have much to answer for, their allegorical messages leaving much to be desired in a world potentially without meaning or grand design. Animal Season takes over from where the more familiar fables left off, interrogating the originals or rewriting them, in the hope that new truths might be u...

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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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  • Rodrigo Dela Peña, Jr.

    Aria And Trumpet Flourish

    $16.00

    In a world inundated by all kinds of texts that can be scanned almost as soon as they’re produced, and that as quickly shimmer away into oblivion, I am overjoyed to sit and read Rodrigo Dela Peña, Jr.’s much anticipated first full-length collection Aria and Trumpet Flourish. Even while observing the necessary ceremonies that we must accord our living, the poet never forgets “time’s swift tumble,” the “tar-spackled road” or its “hairline cracks.” Unlike the ostentatious noise made by certain k...

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  • Samuel Ling Wei Chan

    Aristocracy Of Armed Talent

    $59.00

    When Singapore declared independence in 1965, it faced the monumental task of building a military from scratch. Aristocracy of Armed Talent tells the story of the development of the Singapore Armed Forces through a collective portrait of its leaders. This book is based on interviews with twenty-eight flag officers, offering a firsthand look at Singapore’s military from the very leaders who helped shape it. It addresses the challenges Singapore faced in building its officer corps and encouragi...

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  • Phunk

    Around The World Across The Universe

    $49.90

    Showcasing all their work from Universe and New World Series, Around The World Across The Universe chronologically displays Phunk‘s evolution as a design collective that continually improves. The 173-page collection of pop culture, art and design also features the collective’s multicultural roots.Hardback: 173 PagesProduct Dimensions: 233 x 292 mmPublished by Art Seasons

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  • Koh Buck Song

    Around The World In 68 Days

    $26.00

    Around The World In 68 Days is a travelogue with a big difference – not about how to get there, what to see or where to dine, but instead, seeking to glean insights into the meaning of life and the true nature of human societies, using the lens of the brand attributes of each territory to look more clearly into the kaleidoscope of humanity. In a time of a global pandemic, this is also a type of memoir, a tribute to travel, of a pre-Covid-19 world. This is like a 68-day extravaganza of ichigo ...

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  • Ovidia Yu

    Aunty Lee's Chilled Revenge

    $27.00

    Rosie “Aunty” Lee—feisty widow, amateur sleuth and proprietor of Singapore’s best-loved home cooking restaurant—is back in another delectable, witty mystery set in Singapore. Slightly hobbled by a twisted ankle, crime-solving restaurateur Aunty Lee begrudgingly agrees to take a rest from running her famous café, Aunty Lee’s Delights, and turns over operations to her friend and new business partner Cherril. The café serves as a meeting place for an animal rescue society that Cherril once suppo...

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    Ovidia Yu

    Aunty Lee's Deadly Specials

    $26.00

    Rosie “Aunty” Lee, the feisty widow, amateur sleuth, and proprietor of Singapore’s best-loved home cooking restaurant, is back in another delectable, witty mystery involving scandal and murder among the city’s elite. Few know more about what goes on in Singapore than Aunty Lee. When a scandal over illegal organ donation involving prominent citizens makes news, she already has a list of suspects. There’s no time to snoop, though—Aunty Lee’s Delights is catering a brunch for local socialites He...

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