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Death of A Perm Sec by Wong Souk Yee


I didn’t know what this book was about, except that it was an Epigram Fiction Prize finalist until I borrowed it from the library. After reading the first few chapters, I realised it was inspired by the story of the … Continue reading

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Singapore Love Stories – Edited by Verena Tay


As a fan of the romantic genre, I grew up reading Mills and Boons and I rarely chance across Singapore love stories. OK, I found a chit lit written by a Filipina author which didn’t click. So I think it’s … Continue reading

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The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini 


I love this book,  which I had bought for my sons to read when the book was first published in 2003, but had never read it, thinking it was parked under the young adult coming of age genre. Better late … Continue reading

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Road Dahl Ten Short Story


If I want to write short stories, I should read more of them, and who better to teach me than the master himself, Roald Dahl. I have a Roald Dahl Omnibus of short stories but reading that requires more arm … Continue reading

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Taking Pictures by Anne Enright


This is a collection of nineteen short stories, some of which I really like, but there are a couple of which I just didn’t get it, like the story Taking Pictures which graced the title of the book. I like … Continue reading

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Enduring Love – Ian McEwan


My lecturer Darryl read the first chapter of this book to us and it was the most captivating chapter of any book I have heard read, partly because Darryl is such a good reading orator. He once read my essay … Continue reading

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Lines in the Sand by A.A.Gill


This book was highly recommended and selected by Straits Times Journalist Cheong Suk Wai for  The Big Read in March 2017- a monthly library book club for non-fictions. Gill died in December 2016. At the Big Read, I learned that he was … Continue reading

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