Famous for a pandemic novel, Emily St John Mandel wrote another in lockdown

Emily St John Mandel's work thrives on connections and Sea Of Tranquility draws links across space and time. PHOTO: SARAH SHATZ, KNOPF
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SINGAPORE - Canadian author Emily St John Mandel's post-apocalyptic pandemic novel Station Eleven, which was published in 2014 and found renewed fame amid the Covid-19 outbreak, has a Singapore connection that most are not aware of.

It was inspired by a 2009 Daily Mail article about a ghost fleet of ships about 80km east of Singapore's harbour, left adrift by the recession. At night, the blaze of their lights was visible from fishing villages along Malaysia's coast.

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