Singapore shelf



By Clara Chow

Ethos Books/ Paperback/ 214 pages/$18.60/ Books Kinokuniya, MPH and

For her first short-story collection, Chow interviewed architects about their dream buildings, then shaped stories around these.

In the vein of Italo Calvino's Invisible Cities, this hybrid work imagines self-destructing malls, the Singapore Flyer as apolitical prison and a tender story about a treehouse that is both orphanage and old folks' home.


By Nicholas Yong

Marshall Cavendish/ Paperback/ 200 pages/$18.60/ Major bookstores and

Zombie civil servants hold a top secret meeting about an impending disaster that could shake up their undead existence.

An MRT train goes underground and never comes back out. Yong's zany collection of speculative short stories plumbs Singapore's current affairs and urban legends for the fantastic.


By Simon Chesterman

Marshall Cavendish/ Paperback/ 256 pages/ $18.60/ Major bookstores and

In the second instalment of National University of Singapore law dean Chesterman's gripping young adult trilogy, 16-year-old genius Arcadia Greentree must follow a string of clues and puzzles to Oxford University to find the person responsible for the tragedy that tore her family apart.



By Peh Shing Huei

Straits Times Press/Paperback/ 276 pages/ $35/Major bookstores

Former Economic Development Board chairman Philip Yeo's five decades in the public service are captured in intimate and entertaining detail by Singapore Literature Prize-winning author Peh Shing Huei, a former news editor and China bureau chief of The Straits Times.

Yeo left his mark on Singapore with a string of achievements that includes the creation of Jurong Island and the setting up of the iconic Biopolis.


By Chan U-Gene and Rohit Brijnath

Straits Times Press/ Paperback/ 148 pages/ $26/Major bookstores

Singapore sports hero Joseph Schooling made history in Brazil this year when he bested 22-time Olympic champion Michael Phelps, in the 100m butterfly finals and emerged with Singapore's first Olympic gold medal.

His path to victory is charted in this book, which taps on more than a decade of Singapore Press Holdings coverage of the swimmer and chronicles his life, from his early years swimming as a child to his relocation to the United States for training to his historic win at the Rio 2016 Olympics.

Correction note: This story was edited to reflect the correct URL for publisher Ethos Books, under the listing for Clara Chow's Dream Storeys. We are sorry for the error.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on November 27, 2016, with the headline Singapore shelf. Subscribe