Singapore Shelf

Fox Fire Girl.
Fox Fire Girl.

FICTION

FOX FIRE GIRL

By O Thiam Chin

Epigram Books/ Paperback/ 384 pages/ $26.64/Major bookstores and epigrambooks.sg

In the first of the titles from last year's Epigram Books Fiction Prize shortlist, O - who won the prize in 2015 - returns with a mystical, sorrowful tale in which two men - the suicidal Derrick and the fire-obsessed Tien Chen - try to secure the affections of the aloof Yifan, who is a fox spirit from Ipoh, Malaysia.


NON-FICTION

ANGELS BY THE MURKY RIVER

By Shivaji Das

Yoda Press/ Paperback/ 261 pages/ $25 before GST/ BooksActually

Das goes off the beaten path in these travel narratives, meeting Filipino women boxers, poverty-stricken diamond miners in Indonesia and an elderly couple in China who scribble love poems on the town walls but dare not meet each other.

SHAPED FOR A PURPOSE

By Sherena Loh

Armour Publishing/ Paperback/194 pages/ $19.26/Books Kinokuniya

When Loh was diagnosed with muscular dystrophy as a teenager, doctors told her she would not be able to live past 25 years. Today, she is not only going strong, but has also co-founded the Muscular Dystrophy Association (Singapore). In this memoir, she chronicles her struggle with the condition.


YOUNG ADULT

MIDNIGHT AT MOUNT EMILY

By Low Ying Ping

Epigram Books/ Paperback/ 186 pages/ $13.80/ Major bookstores and epigrambooks.sg

In the third instalment of Low's series, time-travelling teens Patsy and Elena go back in time to prevent Elena's parents from meeting, to save her mother from a disastrous marriage.


CHILDREN'S

THE GREAT HOSPITAL ADVENTURE IN SPACE

By Serene Ng

Epigram Books/ Paperback/32 pages/ $14.90/Major bookstores and epigrambooks.sg

In this picture book about Dinoboy, a sick child who has to go to hospital for an MRI scan, Ng explores the separation anxiety that children face when they are warded in hospital.


PHOTOGRAPHY

VINTAGE SINGAPORE: 1950s

Curated by Joyce Fang

Straits Times Press/ Paperback/ $26.75/Books Kinokuniya and Times

The third in a series of vintage postcard books in collaboration with Singapore Post, this limited- edition volume features 20 iconic scenes from 1950s Singapore, from hole-in-the-wall provision stores to Bras Basah shoeshine boys. The book contains 20 detachable postcards, with prepaid postage.


COOKING

CHEAT SHEET

By Chris Tan

Straits Times Press/Paperback/ 292 pages/ $21.30/Major bookstores

This book compiles 60 columns on how to navigate the kitchen larder like a pro, from pantry staples such as salt and eggs to kitchen equipment such as thermometers and whisks.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 28, 2017, with the headline 'Singapore Shelf'. Print Edition | Subscribe