Singapore Shelf

FICTION

TRUTH OR FICTION

By Lakshmy A. Krishnan, Margaret Fletcher and Pushpa Menon

Silverfish Books/ Paperback/ 219 pages/ $21.40/Books Kinokuniya

Three debut authors from Malaysia, Australia and Singapore write about womanhood and diaspora in this short-story collection.


NON-FICTION

SINGAPORE'S PERMANENT TERRITORIAL REVOLUTION: FIFTY YEARS IN FIFTY MAPS

By Rodolphe De Koninck, cartography by Pham Thanh Hai and Marc Girard

NUS Press/Hardcover/162 pages/ $51.36/Books Kinokuniya, Select Books, Alkem, Basheer

This comprehensive atlas tracks Singapore's urban growth over the past half-century through diachronic mapping, studying the way land use has become a tool to manage civil society down to the smallest details.

SOVEREIGN WOMEN IN A MUSLIM KINGDOM

By Sher Banu A. L. Khan

NUS Press/ Paperback/ 336 pages/ $40.66/ Books Kinokuniya, Wardah Books, Select Books

Khan, an assistant professor at the National Univerity of Singapore's Malay Studies department, explores in detail the sultanahs who ruled the kingdom of Aceh for half of the 17th century, demonstrating how female rule was legitimised by Islam and indigenous adat laws.


ART BOOKS

WAYS OF SEEING

By Elephnt

Math Paper Press/ Hardcover/ 68 pages/$39/ BooksActually

Urban photographer Elephnt documents familiar architectural elements in Singapore's public housing estates, from colour-coded void decks to the moon gates and peony openings found in stairwells and lift lobbies.

THAI ART: CURRENCIES OF THE CONTEMPORARY

By David Teh

NUS Press/ Hardcover/ 288 pages/ $44.94/ Books Kinokuniya, Select Books, Alkem, Basheer

Curator and critic Teh examines Thai art from 1992 to the present, against the backdrop of the Thai monarchy's evolving sovereignty and the country's constant political and economic turmoil.


CHILDREN'S

THE SENGKANG SNOOPERS: THE MYSTERY OF THE HERMIT'S HUT

By Peter Tan, illustrated by Billy Yong

Epigram Books/ Paperback/ 214 pages/ $11.66/Books Kinokuniya

Established local playwright Tan Tarn How makes his foray into children's mysteries under a pseudonym.

In the first instalment, Su Lin, her little brother Su Yang and their new friends Zizi and Bus spend their school holidays on Pulau Ubin and discover a mysterious hut atop a quarry hill that emits strange sounds.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 27, 2017, with the headline 'Singapore Shelf'. Print Edition | Subscribe