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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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  • Eka Wong

    Hungry In Osaka

    $20.00

    To many, Osaka is a brother to Tokyo. In the kitchen, they have varying styles. As a chef, Osaka might appear to prefer whipping up rather monotonous meals. Some critics describe his cuisine to be B-class gourmet: a scoff at his creation. For days we struggled to understand Osaka and his food. As we delved deeper into the heart of Osaka, we found that the food he delivers touches the soul of people. Many a times, we were off the beaten track, walking down random streets or visiting quiet buil...

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  • Alfred Raquez

    In The Land Of The Pagodas

    $49.00

    China, 1898: a time of war, intrigue and growing foreign power. Onto the scene comes a Parisian fugitive with a gifted pen and a journalist's eye. Alfred Raquez drifts from Indochina to Hong Kong, Macao and Canton before falling in with a group of shady entrepreneurs in Shanghai with interests far up the Yuan River. In short order, Raquez sets off on a rollicking voyage into the heart of the lawless Miao-country, pen and camera in hand. The result is a richly recorded adventure told from the ...

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  • David Collier

    Morton

    $29.00

    A graphic memoir lamenting the loss of train travel, the grip of family, mortality, art, and the human condition, with many other digressions thrown in for good measure. David Collier's dream is to travel with his wife and son across the country by rail before it is too late. Through the passing landscape he tries to track down the many characters with whom he has lost touch. With Morton, Collier, who has been called "a national treasure," has produced his most ambitious work to date. Paperba...

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    Peter Pomerantsev

    Nothing Is True And Everything Is Possible

    $22.00

    A journey into the glittering, surreal heart of 21st century Russia: into the lives of Hells Angels convinced they are messiahs, professional killers with the souls of artists, bohemian theatre directors turned Kremlin puppet-masters, supermodel sects, post-modern dictators and oligarch revolutionaries. This is a world erupting with new money and new power, changing so fast it breaks all sense of reality, where life is seen as a whirling, glamorous masquerade where identities can be switched ...

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  • Victoria Lomasko

    Other Russias

    $42.00

    Translated by Thomas Campbell What does it mean to live in Russia today? What is it like to grow up in a forgotten city, to be a migrant worker or to grow old and seek solace in the Orthodox church? For the past eight years, graphic artist and activist Victoria Lomasko has been travelling around Russia and talking to people as she draws their stories. She spent time in dying villages where schoolteachers outnumber students; she stayed with sex workers in the city of Nizhny Novgorod; she went ...

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  • Amanda Harrison

    Snapshot: Botanic Gardens

    $10.00

    Bats swoop over prostrate figures on yoga mats and dodge the stately movements of the Tai Chi shadows, the tinny sound of a transistor radio rattles through the cool of the early morning as groups of women sway rhythmically behind their fans.  Early morning in the Botanic Gardens: a running track, yoga studio, meditation space, concert hall and playground. All things to all people. A green hiatus in the marching concrete of the city state, this is the refuge of towering primary forest forest ...

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  • Amanda Harrison

    Snapshot: Chinatown

    $10.00

    A walk through the heart of Chinatown in the shadow of that peon to '70s Brutalism, the People's Park, take you into a riotous celebration of all things bright and plastic, glittery and garish; a thriving commercial community awaft with durian and 'bakkwa'. Not much then seems to have changed in spirit from the days of Raffles' 1822 urban plan which allocated this land of the Chinese community...or has it? Beneath the innocuous street names lies the history of a darker past. Sago Street and L...

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  • Amanda Harrison

    Snapshot: Joo Chiat & Katong

    $10.00

    There remains around the Joo Chiat and Katong area the faintest salty whiff of the sea that once lay beyond today's East Coast Road. 'Katong' is the name of a species of sea turtle, native to this area, but sadly now extinct.  Now that reclamation has pushed the waters back, the area's defining perfumes are more those of the celebrated Katong laksa and the Nyonya delicacies for sale amongst the parade of vibrant shophouses strung out like rows of iced cakes. Their ornate plasterwork and colou...

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  • Amanda Harrison

    Snapshot: Kampong Glam

    $10.00

    Once a section of coastline, this area was the home of sea gypsies ('orang' laut) whose use of the 'gelam' tree for their boats and medicine reputedly gave it its name. In 1924 the British handed the land to the Sultan of Johor who built his Istana and the Sultan Mosque. The Mosque is truly representative of the whole Muslim community - its construction funded by the rich while the poor contributed used glass bottles to be incorporated into the decoration. Until the 70s Singapore was the rall...

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  • Amanda Harrison

    Snapshot: Little India

    $10.00

    Tikka, Tekka, saris and samosas, Mustafa's, murtabak, dosa and dhania – colours, smells and sounds; the Little India assault course for the senses. Streets shimmer with jewel-like saris, pavements heave with gnarled and spiked fruits, strange vegetables: a jungle of the unknown garish. Bright lights and brighter plastics glare from shop recesses, the walkways throng with wares no-one knew they needed...yet all around are whispers of the past – the rustle of bamboo clumps along the Rochor Cana...

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  • Amanda Harrison

    Snapshot: Tiong Bahru

    $10.00

    Low to the ground in a clearing of looming high-rise buildings, the cool, clean lines of Tiong Bahru estate recall the stylish era of 1930s Art Deco glamour. Once known as Mei Ren Wo or Den of Beautifies, it housed many a wealthy merchant's mistress and the exotic working girls of the Great World Cabaret. A waft of that age of slightly louche glamour still clings to the shaded walkways, corkscrewing staircases and voluptuously rounded curves of the buildings. Teetering on the edge of gentrifi...

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    Fredrik Sjöberg

    The Art Of Flight

    $24.00

    Fredrik Sjöberg - collector, romantic, explorer - spends his life tracing the smallest details of the natural world. In these two beautifully wrought tales he meditates on the joy of little things, childhood memories, long-forgotten Swedish entomologists, earthworms, wine-making, the National Parks of the United States, the richness of life and the strange paths it leads us on.Paperback: 560 PagesProduct Dimensions: 129 x 198 mmISBN: 9780141980317Published by Penguin Books

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  • John McPhee

    The Crofter And The Laird

    $21.00

    In 1969, John McPhee moved his family from New Jersey across the Atlantic to live in the land of his forefathers, the island of Colonsay – seventeen square miles of dew and damp twenty-five miles off the coast of Scotland. They rented a crofthouse, his children enrolled at the local school, and they soon were accepted into this tightly circumscribed community of 138 people. Intertwining history and legend, McPhee gives us a comprehensive portrait of this remote and misty land. He battles the ...

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    M. F. K. Fisher

    The Gastronomical Me

    $21.00

    A classic of gastronomic writing that redefined the genre, The Gastronomical Me is a memoir of travel, love and loss, but above all hunger. Beginning with her first food memory – the greyish-pink fuzz of her grandmother’s strawberry jam – M.F.K. Fisher traces the development of her appetite from her childhood in America to her arrival in Dijon as a young woman, where she tasted French cooking for the first time. In Europe she embarked on a whole new way of eating, drinking and living, and she...

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  • Geoff Dyer

    White Sands

    $24.00

    From a trip to The Lightning Field in New Mexico, to chasing Gauguin's ghost in French Polynesia, White Sands is a creative exploration of why we travel. Episodic, wide-ranging and funny, Geoff Dyer blends travel writing, essay, criticism and fiction with a smart and cantankerous wit that is unmatched. From one of the most original writers in Britain, this is a book for armchair travellers and procrastinating philosophers everywhere.Paperback: 256 pagesProduct Dimensions: 129 x 198 mmISBN: 97...

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