Singapore Shelf

CHILDREN'S

THE LONELY BOYAND THE UGLYDOG

By Eliza Teoh,illustrated by John Lim

Bubbly Books/Paperback/44 pages/$16.90 before GST/Major bookstores

The author of the best-selling Ellie Belly series has a new picture book about a shy village boy with no friends and his ugly but loyal dog. A sweet, breezy read, accompanied by John Lim's striking drawings.

FICTION

TALES OF TWO CITIES

Edited by Alice Clark-Platts,S. Mickey Lin, Edmund Price and Harmony Sin

Ethos Books/Paperback/320 pages/$20 before GST/Major bookstores and from www.ethosbooks.com.sg

Writers give voice to the highs and lows of life in the two bustling Asian cities they live in, Hong Kong and Singapore. This anthology of 23 short stories serves up different layers of each city, from expats living in the luxurious Raffles Hotel to the relationships between neighbours in the Singapore heartland.

PHOTOGRAPHY

SINGAPORE: A PORTRAIT INDIVERSITY

By Tom Soper

Ethos Books/Hardcover/ 132 pages/ $25 before GST/Major bookstores and from www.ethosbooks.com.sg

In this fascinating book of portraits, British photographer Tom Soper, who lived here for five years, profiles 50 residents here from 50 countries, from a rescue submarine pilot from France to a harpist from Kazakhstan.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on January 31, 2016, with the headline 'Singapore Shelf'. Print Edition | Subscribe