Singapore Shelf

FICTION

ANNABELLE THONG By Imran Hashim

Epigram Books/ Paperback/ 256 pages/ $24.90/Major bookstores and epigrambooks.sg

Catholic schoolteacher Annabelle Thong's chastity was never in danger - until she found herself in Paris. There, her world is turned on its head: She discovers temptation in the charming Patric Dudoigt and deals with challenges to her beliefs. This fun, dizzying romp of a read comes from the longlist of the 2015 Epigram Books Fiction Prize.


Annabelle Thong By Imran Hashim

NON-FICTION

KAMPUNG TEMPE: VOICES FROM A MALAY VILLAGE By Yahaya Sanusi and Hidayah Amin

Helang Books/ Hardcover/ 288 pages/$34.24 including GST/ Major bookstores

In 1905, a Javanese settlement sprouted on a hillside in Singapore, a short distance from present-day Sixth Avenue, one of the most expensive neighbourhoods in Singapore.

Kampung Tempe was built on swampy, mosquito-infested land, but the settlers there managed to grow crops such as chilli and tobacco.

A century later, the village disappeared, leaving behind the small Al-Huda Mosque as the only reminder that it existed.

This book pieces together fragments of Kampung Tempe's history, with former residents chipping in with their rich memories, from the trials and tribulations of living through wartime to how the village came to produce tempe (fermented soya bean cakes).


Kampung Tempe: Voices From A Malay Village By Yahaya Sanusi And Hidayah Amin


CHILDREN'S BOOK

THE LITTLE SINGAPORE BOOK By Sim Ee Waun and Joyceline See Tully, illustrated by Diane Ng Rose

Pepper Dog Press/ Hardcover/ 80 pages/$25/Books Kinokuniya, Asian Civilisations Museum, National Museum of Singapore and selected independent bookstores in Singapore

This compact book on the Singapore story is brimming with information and charm.

Through beautiful illustrations, interesting trivia and fun activities such as puzzles and crafts, it takes young readers on a fun romp through 700 years of the nation's history, from the 14th century to the present day.

This book, in its second print run, was first published in December last year with support from the SG50 Celebration Fund. It sold out in six months.


The Little Singapore Book By Sim Ee Waun And Joyceline See Tully, Illustrated By Diane Ng Rose

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on August 28, 2016, with the headline 'Singapore Shelf'. Print Edition | Subscribe