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  • Ceriph

    Ceriph #5

    $14.00

    Ceriph is an independently run, quarterly book publication in Singapore. We seek to share Singaporean creative work in the form of prose, poetry, social commentaries, photography, and visual art. We wish to record and share these without inhibition, to celebrate these everyday musings. The beginnings of this project are humble: whilst examining the local arts scene, we found many outlets for artistic expressions. However, most of these outlets concentrate on art or exclusively on one medium o...

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  • Jerrold Yam

    Chasing Curtained Suns

    $16.00

    Diving into the ambivalences and contradictions that are as characteristic of a family as her triumphs, Jerrold Yam’s rousing debut poetry collection is a reaction to the precarious tilt from adolescence to adulthood. The poems—which invoke subjects as diverse as childbirth, celebrity culture and National Service— extend beyond a struggle for acceptance amid the transience of modern Singapore and into the universal territory of teenagehood. Growing up suggests an inexorable shift to adult sen...

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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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  • Bilahari Kausikan

    China Is Messing With Your Mind

    $7.50

    Former diplomat Bilahari Kausikan highlights two global trends that can shape Singapore's future—identity politics and the rise of China—and how China is using them to influence the Singapore identity.Paperback: 48 PagesProduct Dimensions: 120 x 175 mmISBN: 9789814845045Published by Epigram Books

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  • Kevin Kwan

    China Rich Girlfriend

    $29.00

    It’s the eve of Rachel Chu’s wedding, and she should be over the moon. She has a flawless Asscher-cut diamond, a wedding dress she loves, and a fiancé willing to thwart his meddling relatives and give up one of the biggest fortunes in Asia in order to marry her. Still, Rachel mourns the fact that her birthfather, a man she never knew, won’t be there to walk her down the aisle. Then a chance accident reveals his identity. Suddenly, Rachel is drawn into a dizzying world of Shanghai splendor, a ...

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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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  • Jean Debernardi

    Christian Circulations

    $40.00

    In postcolonial Singapore and Malaysia, Pentecostal megachurches dominate the Christian landscape, but the "big four" Protestant churches-Anglican, Methodist, Presbyterian and Brethren-remain religions of heritage for many. Sixty Malaysian and nineteen Singaporean assemblies identify themselves as Christian Brethren, and most trace their roots to independent local churches formed in Penang and Singapore in the 1860s. After World War II, former Brethren elders founded new independent churches,...

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    Guat Kwee See

    Christian-Muslim Relations In Singapore

    $30.00

    Christian-Muslim relations in Singapore are influenced by the past. The founding of Singapore by the British and the subsequent arrival of Christian missionaries had impacted the Malays, who were primarily Muslims. The economic and religious isolation of Muslims, especially after the Treaty of Pangkor and British policies, led to precarious, and often hostile, Christian-Muslim relations. Christian proselytisation became a key point of contention. After Singapore’s independence, the rise of re...

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    Alvin Mark Tan

    Ciao Firenze

    $20.00

    Florence, Italy is the birthplace of the Renaissance.  Its art, architectural heritage, culture and politics still has an influence in today’s world; and is rated as one of the most beautiful cities on the planet. Resident artist Alvin Mark Tan documents everyday life in the city from Giotto’s Bell Tower to the best gelateria. 96 pages of Firenze filled with ink, watercolour and gouache.Paperback: 96 PagesProduct Dimensions: 151 x 220 mmISBN: 9789810934538Published by Alvin Mark Tan

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  • Rosie Milne

    Circumstance

    $19.00

    What happens when an adoring young bride is met on the doorstep of her new home by her husband s former mistress Frank, Rose and Nony are about to find out. It is 1924 and the British rule Malaya. Frank is a colonial administrator in a remote district deep in the jungle. Rose is the innocent young bride he s just brought out from England. Nony is the native mistress he d previously abandoned, along with their four children. When Rose arrives in Malaya, she knows nothing of her new husband s p...

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  • Boey Kim Cheng

    Clear Brightness

    $19.00

    In poems that shuttle between Singapore and Australia, award-winning poet Boey Kim Cheng seeks to establish a new senseof self and home on the shifting ground between memory and imagination. A noodle-maker in Melbourne triggers connective threads to the poet’s birthplace. A train crossing over the Johor-Singapore Causeway evokes the dislocating experience of interstitial existence. After six long years, one of Singapore’s greatest modern voices returns with a work of profound insight and erud...

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    Oh Yong Hwee and Koh Hong Teng

    Coalition Of The Savoury Spare Parts

    $17.00

    The annual Fifth Milestone Kway Chap Competition looms but the reigning champion old Mdm Lam is missing! Can LORR, her newly arrived intergalactic kitchen helper, defend her title? Or is he deluded by the Kitchen God? Is everything a ploy by Quek Kee Fishballs as the fledgling Hawkers’ Party threatens its domination plan?Paperback: 64 PagesProduct Dimensions: 160 x 230 mmISBN: 9789811145360Published by Comics of SG Heritage

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  • Alfian Sa'at

    Collected Plays One

    $24.00

    This collection of four plays by Alfian Sa’at explores the themes that have become a hallmark of the playwright’s work: national identity, racial relations, and the resistance of individuals against authoritarian systems. In The Optic Trilogy, the surfacing of buried secrets and repressed memories profoundly alters the way a man and woman see each other. In Fugitives, the members of a family discover that their self-definition relies on their interactions with ‘outsiders’ who exist beyond the...

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  • Alfian Sa'at

    Collected Plays Three

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    Alfian Sa’at explores the Malay identity and racial relations in this third volume of the Collected Plays series. This volume collects plays written and staged in Malay, and translated to English for the very first time. In Nadirah, a young woman is shocked to find out her mother wants to marry a non-Muslim. In Parah, a group of students can no longer ignore the stereotypes and prejudices that divide the races, and the strain it puts on their friendship. In Geng Rebut Cabinet (GRC), we’re tra...

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  • Alfian Sa'at

    Collected Plays Two

    $24.00

    Alfian Sa’at’s The Asian Boys Trilogy is a fascinating, insightful tour through the lives and loves of the gay community in Singapore. In the campy and carnivalesque Dreamplay, history is turned upside-down as a goddess travels through time to ‘save gay men from themselves’. In Landmarks, geography takes centrestage, as eight short plays explore the spaces that have been claimed, colonised, and trespassed by those at the margins of the mainstream. In Happy Endings, the playwright’s adaptation...

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  • Ho Chee Lick and Anne Lee Tzu Pheng

    Common Life

    $27.00

    With crayons and stained paper, artist Ho Chee Lick wanders around neighbourhoods in Singapore observing, perceiving, looking for that “something”: quiet and unremarkable objects and scenes of basic everyday life. One day some of his drawings came into the hands of poet Anne Lee Tzu Pheng who rediscovers the quiet beauty of these captured moments and explores their story with her words. Common Life is a visual and poetic journey into territories the mind often finds too familiar to excite fee...

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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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  • PHUNK

    Control Chaos

    $67.00

    PHUNK is a contemporary art and design collective based in Singapore. Founded in 1994 by Alvin Tan, Melvin Chee, Jackson Tan and William Chan when they were students at Lasalle College of the Arts, they developed a novel approach to collective art-making based on the collaborative aesthetic of a rock-and-roll band and informed by a shared interest in urban subcultures. They have exhibited widely and collaborated with artists, designers and international brands, producing work across a broad r...

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  • Alfian Sa'at

    Cooling Off Day

    $17.00

    In the electrifying months leading up to the watershed 2011 General Elections and in the tumultuous months after, playwright Alfian Sa’at interviewed Singaporeans to discover their responses to the elections. Covering a wide social and political spectrum, the candid interviews capture the GE experience through the voices of individual Singaporeans — from election candidates to pro-establishment civil servants; from taxi-drivers to teachers; from diehard opposition supporters to young people c...

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  • Grace Chia

    Cordelia

    $18.00

    Cordelia, Grace Chia’s second poetry collection, excavates from the imagery of life, art and modernity to create a mélange of fragmented colours in remembering the past, musing on the present and imagining the fantastic. The voice of the poet is visceral yet contemplative, sensual and surreal; it lingers with a satisfying piquancy long after it’s heard.Paperback: 106 PagesProduct Dimensions: 120 x 200 mmISBN: 9789810729448Published by Ethos Books

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  • Alfian Sa'at

    Corridor

    $19.00

    Corridor is a collection of short stories all set in present-day Singapore. With unsentimental clarity and heartbreaking honesty, Alfian Sa’at writes about HDB dwellers – students, housewives and factory workers, whose lives begin to unravel once they discover that happiness is a fragile thing in a country obsessed with progress and success. The characters in each story find themselves in situations that offer them a ticket to hope and change: A video camera transforms the way a resentful dau...

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  • Yeng Pway Ngon

    Costume

    $28.00

    Translated by Jeremy Tiang In the 1910s, thirteen-year-old Leong Ping Hung comes to Singapore from China to seek his fortune. Decades later, he is a lonely old man mourning his shattered dreams. His granddaughter Yu Sau struggles to take care of him while trying to make sense of her own life in a rapidly changing country. He speaks Cantonese, and she Mandarin – but will they be able to find common ground through a shared love of Cantonese opera? As Yu Sau looks to her family’s past to underst...

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  • Crispin Rodrigues and Andrea Yew

    Crazy Little Pyromaniacs

    $19.00

    Crazy Little Pyromaniacs brings together 35 yet-unpublished Singapore poets who are 35 years-old and younger to plot future trajectories for Singapore and chart the course of Singapore writing. Featuring formal experimentations and poetic responses to the political and cultural shift of the times, these poets capture the exuberance of youthfulness while anticipating the anguish of the world that lies ahead. Edited by Crispin Rodrigues and Andrea Yew, the anthology stands as a checkpoint of po...

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  • Kevin Kwan

    Crazy Rich Asians

    $27.00

    When New Yorker Rachel Chu agrees to spend the summer in Singapore with her boyfriend, Nicholas Young, she envisions a humble family home and quality time with the man she hopes to marry. But Nick has failed to give his girlfriend a few key details. One, that his childhood home looks like a palace; two, that he grew up riding in more private planes than cars; and three, that he just happens to be the country’s most eligible bachelor. On Nick’s arm, Rachel may as well have a target on her back...

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  • Kevin Kwan

    Crazy Rich Asians Trilogy Box Set

    $85.00

    New Yorker Rachel Chu does not know that her loving boyfriend, Nicholas Young, also happens to be Singapore's most eligible bachelor and likely heir to a massive fortune. So when she agrees to spend the summer in Nick's home, her life unexpectedly becomes an obstacle course of old money, new money, nosy relatives, and scheming social climbers. And that's all before she discovers the true identity of her long-lost father... This box set includes the entire trilogy: Crazy Rich Asians, China Ric...

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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

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    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

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    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

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    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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    Monica Lim and Lesley-anne Tan

    Danger Dan Creates The Ultimate Utama Uproar

    $10.00

    Danger Dan Creates the Ultimate Utama Uproar in this thrilling series finale! It all started four time-travelling adventures ago and now, Danny and Melody have to go back almost to the very beginning of Singapore’s history. The year is 1299 and the legendary Sang Nila Utama has just landed on the island of Temasek. He sees something terrifying in the jungle. Is it a ravenous lion or something even more sinister? Paperback: 136 PagesProduct Dimensions: mmISBN: 9789814615259 Published by Epigr...

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  • Monica Lim and Lesley-anne Tan

    Danger Dan Spooks The Peculiar Peranakan Pirate

    $10.00

    Will the time warps ever stop? This time, Danger Dan faces his gravest challenge ever—he needs to save us from a lifetime of drinking Dutch Lady Milk and saying ‘goedemorgen’ every day! In Danger Dan Spooks the Peculiar Peranakan Pirate, Danny travels back to 1819 to stop a dastardly pirate from hijacking one of Singapore’s most crucial historical events ever. Plus, more secrets about the time warp unravel. Will Danger Dan and Gadget Girl get to the bottom of things? Paperback: 136 PagesProdu...

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  • Monica Lim and Lesley-anne Tan

    Danger Dan Tackles The Majulah Mayhem

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    Danger Dan and Gadget Girl are back together for another time-travelling adventure, involving riots, a musician, spicy noodles and a flood! Say what? In Danger Dan Tackles the Majulah Mayhem, it’s up to Danny and Melody, to save the composer of the national anthem from giving up on music. But the time warp appears to be more sinister than Danger Dan initially thought. What is the real story behind these time glitches? Paperback: 128 PagesProduct Dimensions: 140 x 215 mmISBN: 9789810785024 Pu...

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  • Monica Lim and Lesley-anne Tan

    Danger Dan Traces The Perilous Poison

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    Gadget Girl Melody is off her game this time and needs Danny’s help. It is the year 1972 and Queen Elizabeth will be visiting Singapore for the first time. Drama ensues as Gadget Girl Melody finds out Sinister Spyder’s plans to poison the Queen. They must stop him before it’s too late! Together, they trace the security crew to Toa Payoh, where the Queen will be visiting. Using Gadget Girl’s latest toy, the anti-gravity wristband, the two set off to nail the Sinister Spyder. Are they on the ri...

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  • Bilahari Kausikan

    Dealing With An Ambiguous World

    $26.00

    One of Singapore's top diplomats, Bilahari Kausikan was the Institute of Policy Studies (IPS) 2015/16 Nathan Fellow for the Study of Singapore. In Dealing With An Ambiguous World, Kausikan gives a frank and dispassionate assessment of the international environment in the post-Cold War era and the geopolitical uncertainties that have emerged. In particular, he analyses the nature of US-China relations, the broad underlying factors in the South China Seas disputes and ASEAN's attempts to mainta...

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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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  • Tse Hao Guang

    Deeds Of Light

    $16.00

    The city is a prism through which ordinary life, at first a seeming undifferentiated white, splits into its constituent colours. In Deeds of Light, words are prisms through which experiences are revealed. Belying a desire to make new and bright the usual ways of talking about place and belonging, these poems in both form and content navigate the myriad ways in which the sound of speech and the habits of culture interact and assert themselves. Paperback: 53 PagesProduct Dimensions: 125 x 210 m...

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    Amanda Lee Koe

    Delayed Rays Of A Star

    $19.00

    When a photographer captures Marlene Dietrich, Anna May Wong and Leni Riefenstahl in one frame at a party in Berlin in 1928, no one realizes the extent to which their lives will reflect the tumultuous decades that follow. Marlene crosses the Atlantic to find fame in Hollywood, the town that eats out of the palm of her hand till her wrinkles begin to show. After establishing her position as a filmmaker, Leni watches her fame turn to notoriety following the defeat of Nazi Germany. Nine and a ha...

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    Chee Soon Juan

    Democratically Speaking

    $35.00

    Dr Chee Soon Juan, Singaporean neuropsychologist and secretary-general of the Singapore Democratic Party, sets out his political ideas and his experiences of Singapore's political scene since he was sacked from the National University of Singapore in 1992. A bankrupt since he was fined after lawsuits against him by Prime Ministers Lee Kuan Yew and Goh Chok Tong in 2008, Dr Chee continues to make his views known locally and internationally by his trenchant speeches and writings. Here he sets o...

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  • Jollin Tan

    Derivative Faith

    $16.00

    Derivative Faith is a compilation of prose and poetry that attempt to document faith, in its varying iterations and manifestations. Each piece is tenuously connected to the next, but the book eventually arrives at the suggestion that all faith is interconnected and derived from the same source of hope, regardless of its form.Paperback: 45 PagesProduct Dimensions: 125 x 210 mmISBN: 9789810773069Published by Math Paper Press

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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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  • Janice Wong and Ma Jian Jun

    Dim Sum

    $42.80

    Chef Janice Wong's approach to cuisine is novel and innovative--she views familiar items in a different light, twisting and combining them in a unique way. In this book with dim sum expert Chef Ma Jian Jun, Chef Wong brings her unique concepts and presentation to the traditional Cantonese art of dim sum. Together they have pioneered a collection of over 90 traditional recipes as well as new creations incorporating both Chef Ma's impeccable craft and Chef Wong's pastry vision.Hardback: 176 pag...

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  • Yeo Kang Shua

    Divine Custody

    $59.00

    At the turn of the nineteenth century, Teochew-speaking gambier and pepper farmers settled in Singapore. Surrounded by the skyscrapers of Singapore's central business district, Wak Hai Cheng Bio temple traces its history back to the earliest days of the colony. While no written sources or inscriptions commemorate the founding of the temple, Yeo Kang Shua's book delves into the history of the temple's foundation, encountering a rich history along the way. Poetic and commemorative, Yeo attends ...

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