Find the good in Grief with Alan John on Feb 24

Meet best-selling Singaporean author Alan John at The Big Read Meet on Feb 24 from 6.30pm at The Possibility Room, Level 5, National Library Board (NLB) headquarters at 100 Victoria Street.

John, who is 62 and the former deputy editor of The Straits Times, sold out all 1,500 copies of his memoir, Good Grief!, barely a week after releasing it on Jan 31.

His book, which I reviewed on Feb 7, is, he says, "for anyone who sometimes despairs that doing life can be so hard". It is a winning read chiefly because he leavens his trials and travails with grace.

Sign up for the meet at any NLB e-Kiosk or go to, look for The Big Read Meet and follow the steps there.

If you cannot join him, but want to tell him what you think of his book, e-mail your views in not more than 100 words to

The best contributions will be published in The Big Read.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on February 21, 2016, with the headline 'Find the good in Grief with Alan John on Feb 24'. Print Edition | Subscribe