Singapore Shelf

POETRY

FROM WALDEN TO WOODLANDS

Edited by Ow Yeong Wai Kit and Muzakkir Samat

Ethos Books/Paper-back/120 pages/ $19.26/Major bookstores and from www.ethosbooks.com.sg

Singapore is thought of as an urban jungle, but this diverse collection of verse thrives on the country's tropical and natural roots.

Poets featured include Aaron Lee, Jerrold Yam, Marc Nair and Eric Tinsay Valles.


NON-FICTION

UNDER A SHADOW

By Rosaly Puthucheary

Ethos Books/ Paperback/129 pages/ $15/ Major bookstores and from www.ethosbooks.com.sg

Rosaly Puthucheary was a child when Singapore fell to the Japanese during World War II.

This memoir is a fascinating glimpse into her family's precarious life under the Occupation, notably after an unpleasant incident with a Japanese officer.


PHOTOBOOK

SINGAPORE LANG: WHAT THE SINGLISH?

By Zinkie Aw

Self-published/Hardcover/80 pages/ $60 before GST/ To order, e-mail zinkie@ishoothabits.com

One of the interesting book projects funded by the SG50 kitty is this photobook, part of a roving exhibition by Aw.

Like a visual dictionary of Singlish, the book gets readers to caption her quirky photographs using a glossary of 100 phrases commonly used here and presented in English, Chinese, Malay and Tamil for convenience.


CHILDREN'S

FEARLESS FROSTY: THE MIGHTY STORY OF MOUNTAIN RUNNER ANNA FROST

By Chloe Chick, illustrated by Natalie Kwee

World Scientific/ Available in hardcover and paperback/36 pages/ $14 (hardcover), $8 (paperback)/ Major bookstores

This picture book about real-life adventurer Anna Frost is a lovely illustrated narrative about a woman from New Zealand who began racing across mountains even when people said it was no sport for girls. A good read for all ages and both genders.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on September 27, 2015, with the headline 'Singapore Shelf'. Print Edition | Subscribe