British writer Stephen Leather knows a bit about Singapore and a lot about telling a good story, which he demonstrates in eight short tales of murder and mayhem.
In the last two decades, fantasy has gone from a minor genre bought only by nerds to major commercial success, thanks to J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter franchise and the movie versions of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord Of The Rings.
Six years ago, after seven novels including an international bestseller, Irish author Niall Williams "lost faith" in his own writing.
It is a long shortlist for the revamped Singapore Literature Prize: 45 works in Chinese, English, Malay and Tamil are vying for $10,000 awards in their separate language and genre categories.
The biennial Singapore Literature Prize, which returns with more categories and a bigger total prize money this year, has announced the shortlist of titles.
This year's contenders include Americans for the first time in the prize's 45-year history
LONDON (Reuters) - U.S. writers captured only two of the six places on the Man Booker Prize 2014 shortlist announced on Tuesday, easing traditionalists' fears that Americans would dominate the contest now it is open for the first time to all authors writing in English.