Singapore Shelf

NON-FICTION

LIFE BEYOND THE BIG TOP: STORIES OF THE TAI THEAN KEW CIRCUS By Adele Wong

Goff Books/Paperback/128 pages /$40/ Books Kinokuniya

Gone for more than three decades, Tai Thean Kew used to be one of the most popular circuses here. It was founded in 1929 and closed in 1980.

A granddaughter of the circus' founders, Adele Wong, has captured its colourful life - and the equally colourful circus folk - in this photobook, which is packed with nostalgic photographs of its shows and of the people who made the circus tick.


LIFESTYLE


Life Beyond The Big Top: Stories Of The Tai Thean Kew Circus by Adele Wong.

FASHION MOST WANTED By John de Souza, Cat Ong and Tom Rao

Straits Times Press/Paperback/ 164 pages/$35/Major bookstores

Three veteran fashion editors with more than 80 years of experience among them take you on a trip through Singapore's fashion scene over the past five decades.

Movers and shakers of the fasion world, from former top model Ethel Fong to designer Benny Ong, also offer insight into their lives and experiences.


Fashion Most Wanted by John De Souza, Cat Ong And Tom Rao.


FICTION

RICH KILL POOR KILL By Neil Humphreys

Marshall Cavendish Editions/Paperback/ 308 pages/$18.60/Major bookstores

The brash and angry Detective Inspector Stanley Low, who first appeared in Neil Humphrey's crime novel Marina Bay Sins, is back.

This time, he is on the trail of a serial killer - Singapore's first in decades. But even as he races against time to solve the case and stop the string of murders, Low, saddled with bipolar disorder, struggles to keep hold of his sanity.


Rich Kill Poor Kill by Neil Humphreys.


HUMOUR

SINGAPORE SIU DAI BOX SET By Felix Cheong, illustrated by PMan

Ethos Books/Box set/$40/ Books Kinokuniya, MPH and Booktique

Those looking for a laugh can now enjoy the Singapore Siu Dai experience in one tidy bundle. This special box set features all three books in the series. The third and last instalment, launched last month, is a light-hearted take on recent events, including the General Election last year and the Pioneer Generation Package.


Singapore Siu Dai Box Set by Felix Cheong, Illustrated By Pman.

But amid the laughter, Felix Cheong shines a light on some heavy topics - from terrorism and stereotyping to what more, beyond monetary and medical support, needs to be done for Singapore's elderly - hoping to get people thinking and talking.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on September 25, 2016, with the headline 'Singapore Shelf'. Print Edition | Subscribe