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  • Troy Chin

    The Resident Tourist Part 6

    $19.90

    Enter the second loop. Four years back on the island have wrought some heart-rending changes, and entire lifetimes seem to have gone by. But is it really possible to reboot real life ? The Resident Tourist is an ongoing autobiographical comic book narrative that began in 2007.Paperback: 210 PagesProduct Dimensions: 129 x 181 mmISBN: 9789810912567Published by Math Paper Press

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  • Troy Chin

    The Resident Tourist Part 7

    $19.90

    Winning a battle, but losing the war. Adulthood is a constant challenge, especially when you’re caught in circumstances that are out of your control. What do you do when the front lines shift and allegiances blur? Can you even tell which side you’re on? The seventh instalment of Troy Chin’s ongoing autobiographical comic book series is now available from Math Paper Press.PaperbackProduct Dimensions: 129 x 181 mmISBN: 9789810976033Published by Math Paper Press

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  • Troy Chin

    The Resident Tourist Part 8

    $19.90

    This is the good life. With hard work comes the corresponding spoils. That’s the theory, anyway. But what if all the fast cars and beautiful company in the world still leave you wanting? When push comes to shove, would you even know what to look for? The eighth installment of Troy Chin’s ongoing autobiographical comic book series is now available from Math Paper Press. Troy Chin is a Singapore-born comic book maker whose works include the four-panel slice of life comic strip Loti, the music i...

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  • Troy Chin

    The Resident Tourist Part 9

    $19.90

    Letting go of a dear one is hard to do. What lies in the beyond is an ineffable mystery. But what place can concepts like the afterlife — or karma, or feng shui — have in this modern city-state, where pragmatism undeniably reigns supreme? PaperbackProduct Dimensions: 129 x 181 mmISBN: 9789811146879Published by Math Paper Press

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  • Sebastian Sim

    The Riot Act

    $24.00

    Questions abound in the aftermath of the Little India riot. Hashwini wonders if she triggered the chaos. Jessica asks if she should reveal what truly happened in the ambulance. Sharon thinks that the catastrophe could be what she needs to boost her political career. The lives of three women intertwine when accident and coincidence collide. In Gimme Lao!-style hilarity, they become wrapped up in a web of truth, deception and political connections. This is a perceptive, fast-paced romp that ask...

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  • Suchen Christine Lim

    The River's Song

    $25.00

    Ping, the daughter of Chinatown’s Pipa Queen, loves Weng, the voice of the people, but family circumstances drive them apart. Ping is forced to leave suddenly for the USA, while Weng is sent to prison for his part in local protests. Many years later, Ping returns to a country transformed by prosperity. Gone are the boatmen and hawkers who once lived along the river. In their place, rise luminous glass and steel towers proclaiming the power of the city state. Can Ping face her former lover and...

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  • Meredith L. Weiss

    The Roots Of Resilience

    $38.00

    The Roots of Resilience examines politics from the ground up in Singapore and Malaysia—two regimes that blend politically liberal and authoritarian features in their governance. Although curbed civil liberties and a dose of coercion help sustain these regimes, selectively structured state policies and patronage, partisan machines that effectively stand in for local governments, and diligently sustained clientelist relations between politicians and constituents are equally important. Although ...

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  • Stella Kon

    The Scholar And The Dragon

    $17.00

    As good as historical fiction gets—The Scholar and the Dragon immerses the reader in the Singapore of the 1910s, where overseas Chinese fought for revolution to bring down the Qing Dynasty. Stella Kon’s tale is spell-binding, with turns and twists, and the feel of an epic movie. Paperback: 234 PagesProduct Dimensions: 130 x 200 mmISBN: 9789810899318 Published by Epigram Books

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  • Irene Ng

    The Short Stories And Radio Plays Of S. Rajaratnam

    $18.00

    Fourteen stimulating literary works that shine a new light on Singapore’s first foreign minister and one of its most eloquent and farsighted leaders—the late S. Rajaratnam. Celebrated as one of Singapore’s founding fathers, very little has been said of his literary prowess. The seven short stories, which he wrote in London in the 1940s, were previously published in various collections alongside some of the most distinguished writers in the world. Impressed by his talent, George Orwell, who at...

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  • J. G. Farrell

    The Singapore Grip

    $28.00

    'For a while he watched the butterflies which still swooped and fluttered in this little glade, impervious to the bombs that had fallen round about.' 1939: Walter Blackett, ruthless rubber merchant, is head of British Singapore's oldest and most powerful firm. And his family's prosperous world of tennis parties, cocktails and deferential servants seems unchanging. No one suspects it - but this world is poised on the edge of the abyss. This is the eve of the Fall of Singapore. A love story and...

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  • Stephen Dobbs

    The Singapore River: A Social History

    $39.00

    For most of its modern history, to speak of Singapore was to speak of the Singapore River, physical centre of the city and site of the greater part of the colony's entrepôt trade. The river has been transformed over the last 25 years from a polluted industrial sewer choked with traffic to a clean, placid waterway that forms the centrepiece of Singapore's financial, civic and entertainment districts. This transformation symbolizes the city-state's efforts to remake itself for the 21st century....

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  • Danielle Lim

    The Sound Of Sch

    $19.90

    The Sound of SCH (pronounced S-C-H) is the true story of a journey with mental illness, beautifully told by Danielle Lim from a time when she grew up witnessing her uncle's untold struggle with a crippling mental and social disease, and her mother's difficult role as caregiver. The story takes place between 1961 and 1994, backdropped by a fast-globalising Singapore where stigmatisation of persons afflicted with mental illness nevertheless remains deep-seated. Unflinchingly raw and honest in i...

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  • Chin Ee Loh

    The Space And Practice Of Reading

    $250.00

    Mirroring worldwide debates on social class, literacy rates, and social change, this study explores the intersection between reading and social class in Singapore, one of the top scorers on the Programme for International Assessment (PISA) tests, and questions the rhetoric of social change that does not take into account local spaces and practices. This comparative study of reading practices in an elite school and a government school in Singapore draws on practice and spatial perspectives to ...

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  • Josiah Ng

    The Story Of Number Nine

    $20.00

    illustrated by Lam Wen Jie If Numbers had a life, what story would they tell? What personality would each number possess? What lessons would they teach us? Number Nine, although a smart and intellectual chap (with a big head), is frustrated about his position as the last number on Infinity Island. He sets off on a journey across his mystical home to prove his worth to the other numbers. Driven by ambition (and also insecurity) and using his intellect, he succeeds but only to realise that a pe...

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  • Andreas Zangger

    The Swiss In Singapore

    $37.00

    Since the founding of colonial Singapore, the Swiss have been active on the island, whether as traders, naturalists, or tourists fascinated by the exoticism of the East. Discover the stories of Swiss-made sarongs, of Swiss Nobel laureate Hermann Hesse s time in Singapore and of the evolution of the longstanding Swiss Club from its early days as the Swiss Rifle Shooting Club. Historian Andreas Zangger also provides the background to the close economic and diplomatic relationship between the tw...

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  • Adrian Tan

    The Teenage Texbook

    $18.00

    This book is for teenagers from 11 to 81. It is a story about love, lust and lechery, all happening in the pressing space of six-and-a-half weeks (but as this is a family book, we shall not say where or how it’s pressing.) Lee Mui Ee is the Ice Cream Girl. Tom D’Cruz, the Dashing Athletic Hero. Yeo Chung Kai is Mr Outstandingly Average while Sissy Song and Loo Kok Sean are the Princess of PJC and the Aspiring College Cassanova respectively. Who will melt the Ice Cream Girl? Who or what will s...

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  • Adrian Tan

    The Teenage Workbook

    $18.00

    Lustier than the last, faster than the first, the Teenage Workbook takes an unex purgated romp through the home, school and love life of people teetering on the brink of teen and adulthood. Yes, people like Dr E (We’ll tell you what E stands for) Sopramaniam, MA (East Anglia), PhD (Calcutta). People like Mills & Boon, Bikini Nikki and a hunky Dream Guy named Daniel. People like our old friends Chung Kai, Mui Ee, Kok Sean and Sissy. Theirs is a story of loony turns and unexpected twists,...

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  • Isa Kamari

    The Tower

    $17.00

    translated by Alfian Sa'at From Isa Kamari comes a masterful tale of success and failure, which has been translated for the first time into English by Alfian Sa’at, his debut work of translation. A successful architect visits the new skyscraper he designed. As he climbs the tower with Ilham, his clerk of works, he reflects upon his life and spiritual journey in an increasingly materialistic world. Memories of a dark past plague him as he struggles to reach the top, which are woven into the na...

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  • Alex Au

    The Trouble With Foreign Workers

    $7.50

    Activist and vice president of Transient Workers Count Too (TWC2), Alex Au explores Singapore’s addiction to cheap labour, and the consequences it has on the vulnerable migrant worker community.Paperback: 48 pagesProduct Dimensions: 120 x 175 mmISBN: 9789814845083Published by Epigram Books

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  • Loh Kah Seng, Edgar Liao, Lim Cheng Tju and Seng Guo-Quan

    The University Socialist Club And The Contest For Malaya

    $40.00

    The book, using a small group of left-wing student activists as a prism, explores the complex politics that underpinned the making of nation-states in Singapore and Malaysia after World War Two. While most works have viewed the period in terms of political contestation groups, the book demonstrates how it is better understood as involving a shared modernist project framed by British-planned decolonization. This pursuit of nationalist modernity was characterized by an optimism to replace the c...

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  • Balli Kaur Jaswal

    The Unlikely Adventures Of The Shergill Sisters

    $19.00

    The British-born Punjabi Shergill sisters—Rajni, Jezmeen, and Shirnia—were never close and barely got along growing up, and now as adults, have grown even further apart. Rajni, a school principal is a stickler for order. Jezmeen, a thirty-year-old struggling actress, fears her big break may never come. Shirina, the peacemaking "good" sister married into wealth and enjoys a picture-perfect life. On her deathbed, their mother voices one last wish: that her daughters will make a pilgrimage toget...

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  • Nilanjana Sengupta

    The Votive Pen

    $27.00

    Born of Tamil and Teochew parents, he embraced the Protestant faith late in his life. He has a self-confessed fetish for Yeats and Pound and yet completed his doctoral thesis on post-colonial African poetry. He taught himself the Ramayana and I-Ching but found traces of the Odysseus in the shadows of the Merlion. He is brusquely vocal about poetry with a purpose and yet appears a hopeless romantic in his poems about his wife. What happens when a mind which is such a melting pot of brilliant i...

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  • Grace Chia

    The Wanderlusters

    $22.00

    Delilah has her dream job working as a diva for the globe-trotting and glamorous Cirque Obélisque, the world's most famous modern circus. When her husband abandons her and their daughter, her life turns upside down until Richard, a charismatic and charming performer, enters her life. But in this close-knit village where everyone knows everyone, does she dare love another? The Wanderlusters is a backstage pass for a sneak peek at life behind the curtains of a travelling circus community, and h...

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  • Christopher Tan

    The Way Of Kueh

    $47.00

    Cooking instructor and author Christopher Tan is back with the definitive book on kuehs, sharing everything you need to know about kueh culture in Singapore. More than just a collection of recipes, The Way of Kueh delves into kueh culture with a lyrical, and at times humourous, contextually rich approach, focusing on kueh families and genres, key kueh heritage cooking techniques, and kuehs with special historical or social significance, or particularly endangered status. It includes well-rese...

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  • Mohamed Latiff Mohamed

    The Widower

    $24.00

    translated by Alfian Sa'at Former political detainee and professor Pak Karman loses his wife in a car accident. The intensity of his mourning causes him to become untethered from his sanity. As reality, memory and fantasy become more and more blurred, he must come to terms with his past actions before his grief overwhelms him completely. Mohamed Latiff Mohamed’s novel, hailed as a landmark in modernist Malay fiction, is an unsettling tale of psychic disintegration and obsessive love.Paperback...

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  • Natalie Wang

    The Woman Who Turned Into A Vending Machine

    $16.00

    A housewife turns into a vending machine. Zombies are coming for tea. An unnamed narrator dreams of a cat. The Woman Who Turned Into A Vending Machine is a book on metamorphosis - metaphorical and physical, calculated and involuntary. Here is an invitation to explore how myth fits with the mundane, and how we shapeshift alongside our endlessly changing environments, muddying along life as best as we can. Paperback: 60 PagesProduct Dimensions: 125 x 210 mmISBN: 9789811162169Published by Math P...

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  • Desmond Kon Zhicheng-Mingdé

    The Wrong/Wrung Side Of Love

    $23.00

    If Desmond Kon’s earlier collection The Arbitrary Sign invoked continental philosophers like Jacques Derrida and Gilles Deleuze, The Wrong/Wrung Side of Love dialogues with some of Desmond’s favourite writers. These dialogic imports range from Franz Kafka to Jean-Paul Sartre, Dan Chiasson to John Wilkinson, all perambulating against the pivotal epigraph by Paul Celan. The same playful architecture of an alphabet book is present, eschewing a simple read to elevate each letter into moments of a...

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  • Daniel Boey

    There Was An Old Lady Who Lived With Her Cats

    $15.00

    Illustrated by Eugenia Cheok Blanche and Rose are two young cats who share their home with Grandma Dorothy and the feisty, opinionated tabby Sophia. Sophia is the grande dame of the household and rules it with an iron paw, perched on her throne atop the pile of freshly pressed laundry. Sophia is also ill and requires a special diet and daily visits to the vet for her injections. She makes the trip each day in her favourite basket wrapped in her warm and familiar blanket. One day, they bump in...

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  • Catherine Lim

    They Do Return

    $14.50

    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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  • Ng Kok Hoe

    They Told Us To Move

    $23.00

    What happens when an entire community is moved?  Dakota Crescent was one of Singapore's oldest public housing estates and a rental flat neighbourhood for low-income households. In 2016, its residents—many of whom are elderly—were relocated to Cassia Crescent to make way for redevelopment. To help them resettle, a group of volunteers came together and formed the Cassia Resettlement Team. They Told Us to Move tells the story of the relocation through interviews with the residents from the Dakot...

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  • Alvin Mark Tan

    Thirty Days On The Camino

    $29.00

    The Camino de Santiago is a popular pilgrimage route in Europe. Globetrotting artist Alvin Mark Tan walks 800km of the way over 30 days, and records his sights and experiences in his drawings. He hopes his story will inspire readers to go off the beaten track from time to time.Hardback: 100 PagesProduct Dimensions: 160 x 225 mmISBN: 9789810986223Published by Math Paper Press

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  • Desmond Kon Zhicheng-Mingdé

    Thirty-Seven Reasons Red Is Rad

    $15.00

    The Primer Life Series is a suite of books that celebrates the shared text. Peppered with a prime number of poems, each collection remains unapologetically transparent with its varied expressions of sentiment. The poems are written up through eight devices: aphorism, anecdote, allegory, anaphora, envoi, ekphrasis, eclogue, and elegy.  The invitation to the reader is to fill in the gaps, the existential caesurae, between the poems. From this peculiar hypothesis of the suppositional-collaborati...

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  • Pico Iyer

    This Could Be Home

    $18.00

    No hotel is as inseparably linked to its city than Raffles Hotel, writes Pico Iyer, arguably the world’s greatest travel writer alive. Drawing upon numerous stays in Raffles over 35 years and the fast-ascending city all around it, Iyer—a lifelong global soul—reflects on the “Grand Old Lady’s” literary legacy and its mark on writers everywhere. In the process, he finds new ways of considering not just yesterday, but tomorrow. How have Singapore and its white-stucco monument evolved to meet the...

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    Lucas Ho

    This Is My Family

    $28.00

    This anthology of acclaimed plays includes Faith Ng’s For Better or for Worse (nominated for Best Original Script in The Straits Times Life! Theatre Awards); Joel Tan’s Family Outing; and Recalling Mother by Claire Wong and Noorlinah Mohamed. It examines with care, intelligence, and honesty the joys and pains of family: the papered-over cracks of a twenty-year marriage; the enduring ties between a parent and a child; the forging of bonds between those not bound by blood.Paperback: 282 PagesPr...

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  • Teo You Yenn

    This Is What Inequality Looks Like

    $25.00

    This book — an ethnography of inequality — addresses these questions. Formed by a series of essays, they are written to be read individually, but have been arranged to be read as a totality and in sequence. Each aims to accomplish two things: first, to introduce a key aspect of the experience of being low-income in contemporary Singapore. Second, to illustrate how people's experiences are linked to structural conditions of inequality.The way we frame our questions shapes the way we see soluti...

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  • Inez Tan

    This Is Where I Won't Be Alone

    $18.00

    A pair of twins tries desperately to survive their education. A sentient oyster ponders the concept of making time. An unemployed man devises a social experiment with ants. A runaway sees a vision. From the 1990’s to a future where people access information through chips implanted in their heads, from the Singaporean heartland to London, San Francisco and the moon, these stories hold in tension the strangeness of displacement and a deep yearning for connection in their relentless search for w...

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  • Cyril Wong

    This Side Of Heaven

    $18.00

    A comedian, a nun, a reality TV star and countless others meet in a Garden. This is not the start of a joke, but the beginnings of a parable. These denizens may be running out of time, while there is all the time in their Kafkaesque world, and an orchestra is playing a song nobody else may hear.Paperback: 176 PagesProduct Dimensions: 129 x 198 mmISBN: 9789814845823 Published by Epigram Books

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  • Syed Hussein Alatas

    Thomas Stamford Raffles: Schemer Or Reformer?

    $19.00

    More than two hundred years after Thomas Stamford Raffles established a British factory on the island of Singapore, he continues to be a towering figure in the nation. Not one but two statues of Raffles stand prominently in Singapore’s civic and heritage district, streets and squares are named after him, and important local businesses use his name. But does Raffles deserve this recognition? Should he continue to be celebrated—or like Cecil Rhodes in South Africa, must Raffles fall? This is no...

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    Haresh Sharma

    Those Who Can't, Teach

    $13.00

    Those Who Can’t, Teach turns the spotlight on the madcap lives of teachers and students in a typical secondary school in Singapore. As the teachers struggle daily to nurture and groom, the students prefer to hang out and “chillax”. With upskirting and Facebooking, griping and politicking, school takes on a whole new meaning as the colourful characters struggle to prove that those who can, teach. Written by Singapore’s most prolific playwright Haresh Sharma, Those Who Can’t, Teach was first st...

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  • Tan Kok Seng

    Three Sisters Of Sze

    $17.00

    Set in Penang, the well-heeled Sze family, initially loving, disintegrates as the parents become increasingly absorbed in their own pursuits. Their three children—two of whom are Western educated and one Chinese educated—are, increasingly, forced to think for themselves as they grow up without parental guidance or love. The novel portrays the conflict between different systems of education as well as different value systems, particularly as they all occur within one family. First published by...

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  • Cyril Wong

    Tilting Our Plates To Catch The Light

    $16.00

    Cyril Wong’s latest collection of poems brings into play his background in music. Reminiscent of a concerto, an orchestra is invoked by poems that celebrate the lives of lovers distant and near, while a single narrative arises like a solo instrument amidst their chords, often blurring a distinction between the universal and the particular. This narrative is a love story that pierces through the shadow of the inevitable, accompanied by dreams and a re-interpretation of the myth of Shiva and Mo...

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  • Ken Kwek

    Timothy And The Phubbers

    $12.00

    Illustrated by Lolita Chiong Timothy Pong has enough trouble at home without throwing his first year of secondary school into the mix. The Pong family only interact with each other through digital machines rather than human contact. Twelve-year-old Timothy is too young to own a phone, according to his mum, so he hasn’t actually spoken to his family in years as he can’t WhatsApp his parents or Snapchat his older sister. Even worse, the most menacing bully in school, who also just happens to be...

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  • Boey Kim Cheng, Arin Alycia Fong and Justin Chia

    To Gather Your Leaving

    $27.50

    Tracking the developments of Asian diaspora poetry in America, Australia, UK and Europe, To Gather Your Leaving is a groundbreaking global anthology that explores new ways of looking at nation, culture, identity, and place. Gathered here are established and new poets who are émigrés, refugees, and descendants of Asian migrants, poets who straddle two or more languages, cultures, and places, and who question and complicate the notion of home in the age of global change and transnational crossi...

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  • Johann S. Lee

    To Know Where I'm Coming From

    $20.00

    When he left Singapore, Ben Goh never thought about when he would return to his homeland. Fifteen years on, the life he built for himself in London is destroyed when Ben is deserted by the man he loves, and he descends into a destructive cycle of recreational drugs and casual sex. A short trip back to the country he no longer calls home gives Ben the chance to escape the heartbreak and hedonism, but Singapore has perhaps more to offer him than he realised... Torn between old and new, past and...

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  • Sean Tobin and Jason Wee

    Tongues

    $15.00

    The hospital air conditioner is in need of service again. 4 bodies awaiting identification and autopsy, wake up at the morgue, in anticipation of the afterlife, if there is one. They have as much human consciousness as they have warmth. They are carried away by glossolalia. In and out of awareness, the audience amble and hasten with them through their dreams, memories, fears and revelations. Tongues shifts abruptly between confessional rants, poignant recollections and manic hallucinations. T...

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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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  • Joshua Ip

    translations to the tanglish

    $10.00

    translations to the tanglish is a collection of the 44 greatest-ever poems from the tang dynasty and song dynasty, dodgily “translated” into (1) english; (2) 2021; (3) singapore; (4) a pandemic. so su dongpo never used zoom, and du fu never caught covid-19; so li bai never drank lagavulin and wang wei never went to little india. but hey, none of them ever spoke english either. flip on, or scroll down, or swipe through. in a world where every other poem is about the moon, our modern moon is a...

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