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Breaking the Tongue

Breaking the Tongue
  • Author(s): Vyvyane Loh
  • Location(s): Singapore
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): 1940s

On the eve of World War II, Claude Lim, a Chinese youth, uncertain of himself and his nationality, is being raised in a family that strongly identifies with the British colonists in Singapore. The family neither speaks nor understands...

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Chasing the Dragon (Singapore Saga, Vol.2)

Chasing the Dragon (Singapore Saga, Vol.2)
  • Author(s): John D Greenwood
  • Location(s): Singapore
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): 1830s

Set against the expansion of Singapore in the years 1834-1854, Chasing the Dragon (Singapore Saga, Vol. 2) continues to vividly portray the lives of the early pioneers of the expanding port city, including Joseph Balestier, Seah Eu Chin, Captain...

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Forbidden Hill (Singapore Saga, Vol.1)

Forbidden Hill (Singapore Saga, Vol.1)
  • Author(s): John D Greenwood
  • Location(s): Singapore
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): 1820s

On 6 February 1819, Stamford Raffles, William Farquhar, Temenggong Abdul Rahman and Sultan Hussein signed a treaty that granted the British East India Company the right to establish a trading settlement on the sparsely populated island of Singapore. “Forbidden...

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Hungry Ghosts (Singapore Saga, Vol.3)

Hungry Ghosts (Singapore Saga, Vol.3)
  • Author(s): John D Greenwood
  • Location(s): Singapore
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): 1850s

Set against the development of Singapore in the years 1852-1869, “Hungry Ghosts” (Singapore Saga, Vol. 3) continues the vivid portrayal of the lives of the early pioneers, including Tan Kim Ching, W. H. Read, Habib Noh, Tan Kim Seng,...

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Bamboo Heart

Bamboo Heart
  • Author(s): Ann Bennett
  • Location(s): London, Penang, Singapore, Thailand
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1930s/40s and 1980s

The First in the Bamboo Trilogy. Thailand, 1943: Thomas Ellis, captured by the Japanese at the fall of Singapore, is a prisoner-of-war on the Death Railway. In stifling heat he endures endless days of clearing jungle, breaking stone and...

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Olivia and Sophia

Olivia and Sophia
  • Author(s): Rosie Milne
  • Location(s): Java, Malaysia (Malaya), Singapore, Sumatra
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): 19th Century

Two audacious women; one remarkable man … When Raffles sets sail from the cold, damp confines of Georgian London to make his name and fortune in the tropics, he takes with him his new wife, Olivia, a raffish beauty...

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Ponti

Ponti
  • Author(s): Sharlene Teo
  • Location(s): Singapore
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Modern looking back

2003. Singapore. Friendless and fatherless, sixteen-year-old Szu lives in the shadow of her mother Amisa, once a beautiful actress and now a hack medium performing séances with her sister in a rusty house. When Szu meets the privileged, acid-tongued...

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Saint Jack

Saint Jack
  • Author(s): Paul Theroux
  • Location(s): Singapore
  • Genre(s): Fiction

An absorbing novel which follows the exploits of an expatriate American stuck in Singapore because he never really goes anywhere else, apart from the Bandung Club.Jack flowers trawls through the streets and underbelly of Singapore.

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Singapore Love Stories

Singapore Love Stories
  • Author(s): Verena Tay
  • Location(s): Singapore
  • Genre(s): Romance, Short Stories
  • Era(s): Present day

What does it mean to love and be loved in Singapore? Singapore Love Stories is a vibrant collection of seventeen stories that delves into the diverse love lives of Singapore’s eclectic mix of inhabitants. From the HDB heartlander to...

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The Ambassador’s Wife

The Ambassador’s Wife
  • Author(s): Jake Needham
  • Location(s): Singapore
  • Genre(s): Thriller
  • Era(s): Modern

The first body is in Singapore, on a bed in an empty suite in the Marriott Hotel. The second in Bangkok, in a seedy apartment close to the American embassy. Both women. Both Americans. Both beaten viciously and shot...

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