Co-creator of Mr Kiasu launches illustrated book on Singapore in the 1960s

James Suresh, 59, has produced a SG50 illustrated book about life in the 1960s when he grew up in a rented flat in Queenstown.
James Suresh, 59, has produced a SG50 illustrated book about life in the 1960s when he grew up in a rented flat in Queenstown. PHOTO: LAWRENCE YEO

SINGAPORE - A new book illustrating life in the 1960s was launched on Thursday by author James Suresh, who is best known for his role as the co-creator of the hugely popular Mr Kiasu series.

Titled Singapore in the 60s, the book is a collection of anecdotes from his childhood. It is set in Queenstown, and is illustrated by Syed Ismail. The book's launch was held at Queenstown Primary School, and guests included the Singapore Kindness Movement's General Secretary, Dr William Wan and MP for Tanjong Pagar GRC (Queenstown), Dr Chia Shi Lu,

Mr Suresh, 59, said that he hopes to evoke memories in the older generation and also promote awareness of the heritage among younger readers. He added: "Through this book, I want to show how far we have come. Hopefully it will help people to appreciate what we have, and also feel attachment to heritage."

Supported by the SG50 Celebration Fund, 5,000 copies of the book have been printed. They will be donated to schools, including those which Mr Suresh attended.

Public circulation of the book is not expected until next year, with the book being reserved for non-profit purposes this year.

However, 50 books will be up for grabs through a social media contest, with details of this contest to be announced at a later date.

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