Top 10 books of 2013

2013 was a banner year for things made in Singapore, be they films, books or theatre.

The top 10 books of the year include Neil Gaiman's The Ocean At The End Of The Lane, Five Star Billionaire by Tash Aw and Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

Take a look at the full list below.

1. Five Star Billionaire by Tash Aw

Tash Aw paints a dark yet hopeful picture of Shanghai as a metropolis where migrants seek fortunes

2. The Inlet by Claire Tham

Part mystery and part social drama of a changing society, Claire Tham's The Inlet is a fascinating addition to Singapore fiction

3. Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's third novel airs tragicomic truths about taboo topics

4. A Tale For The Time Being by Ruth Ozeki

Ruth Ozeki's third novel shows how reading and writing connect two people who will never meet

5. Revenge by Yoko Ogawa

Yoko Ogawa shines a kindly light into dark areas of the psyche in her fourth outing

6. Apple Tree Yard by Louise Doughty

Louise Doughty's new crime novel is not only chilling as a thriller, but also intelligent in exploring gender issues

7. The Ocean At The End Of The Lane by Neil Gaiman

A world-weary man looks back on a childhood adventure in Neil Gaiman's delightful novel

8. Transatlantic by Colum McCann

Colum McCann weaves fiction with fact and uses unique moments in history in his novel TransAtlantic

9. The Last Quarter Of The Moon by Chi Zijian, translated by Bruce Humes

Writer Chi Zijian sketches the lives of the Evenki people in China vividly with richly developed characters

10. And The Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini

Khaled Hosseini's third novel is perhaps his best, showcasing a writer who has moved beyond the one-trick story.

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