Three books published by ST Press win top prizes at Popular Readers' Choice awards

The books took the top three spots in the Adult English Books Category. PHOTOS: ST PRESS

SINGAPORE - A collection of 50 essays on Singapore's success story has bagged the top prize for English books for adults at the Popular Readers' Choice Awards 2020 on Saturday morning (Dec 12).

The book, titled Fifty Secrets Of Singapore's Success, was edited by veteran diplomat Professor Tommy Koh, who is Ambassador-at-Large at Singapore's Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

It features contributions from well-known figures such as the Economic Development Board's former executive chairman Philip Yeo and Singapore's first and longest-serving Chief of Defence Force Winston Choo.

The Straits Times veteran journalists Mr Vikram Khanna, Mr Christopher Tan and Ms Sandra Davie also contributed essays to the book, which was published by Straits Times Press.

Prof Koh thanked Popular bookstore for holding the annual competition, which is now in its ninth year, and for its "long record of promoting reading and Singapore's writers".

Its prize presentation ceremony was held virtually this year.

"Winning this award is a dream come true. It has been my aspiration to write or edit a book which resonates with our readers," he said.

The second and third place winners in the Adult English Books Category were also books published by ST Press.

Former ST Invest editor Lorna Tan, who is now head of financial planning literacy at DBS Bank, won second place with her book Money Smart: Own Your Financial Destiny.

"The Covid-19 pandemic has been a wake-up call for us to put in place a robust financial plan to better manage our money matters," said Ms Tan.

"Money Smart will empower more people to make informed decisions to identify and close their money gaps, and look out for suitable opportunities to achieve financial wellness. Thank you for your votes."

Meanwhile, the second edition of former Cabinet minister S. Jayakumar's book Diplomacy: A Singapore Experience won third place.

Prof Jayakumar congratulated Prof Koh and Ms Tan for their wins and added that he was "delighted to be among their company".

He thanked ST Press for publishing his book and also thanked the readers who voted for it.

"I am cheered and encouraged that my book on weighty topics such as foreign relations and diplomacy commanded so much interest and support," he said.

All of the titles nominated for the awards can be bought during the BookFest @ Singapore 2020 event, which is being held at all Popular outlets from Friday to Dec 20.

The three ST Press books are also available for purchase online at the ST Press website, as well as from other major book retailers.

Mr Tan Ooi Boon, supervising editor for ST Press, said: "We are very humbled and heartened by the strong support for our books because 2020 is certainly a very challenging year for not just us but for every business and individual.

"On behalf of all our authors, we'd like to express our deepest gratitude to all readers for their support, and we will certainly work harder to serve them better in the coming year."

Other prize winners included Secrets Of Singapore: National Gallery by Catherine Nadira Tan, which won first place in the category for English books for children.

Coming in second in the same category was A.J. Low's Sherlock Sam And The Burgled Book In Kampong Glam, while Vivian Teo's My BFF Is An Alien won third.

The three winning children's books were all published by Epigram Books.

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