Looking for some cool new reads?
Check out these books by expats who call Singapore home, just like you!
A bite of reality doused with dollops of humour about everyday issues, Dr. Jennifer Gargiulo’s book about life on the Red Dot is based on her popular blog of the same name. A native of Verona, she talks about life as an Italian mother and wife, walking you through stereotypes and more. Available for $24.61 at Times Bookstores, Popular and Books Kinokuniya.
Photographer Tom Soper brings together 50 people from 50 nations. Along with their stunning portraits, Soper adds a little note on their lives in Singapore, their home countries and memories. Available at Books Kinokuniya for $26.75.
Part of a series by Dawn Farnham called The Straights Quartet, this first instalment casts real-life personalities from 19th century Singapore into a romance set amidst ancient customs, crime and even tigers. Available at Popular and Books Kinokuniya for $19.80 or as a four-book box set for $79.18.
Fascinating snippets of history are interspersed with details about food, discovery of unique, native ingredients and stories about the people or families that prepare the dishes. Conveyed through writer John Krich’s impeccable style are his culinary experiences in the 13 countries he visits: China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, India, Macau, Taiwan, Philippines, Japan, Korea, Thailand, Laos and Vietnam. Available at Books Kinokuniya for $25.63.
A historical novel set 200 years ago, this book explores the lives of Sir Stamford Raffles’s two wives: Olivia Mariamne Fancourt and Sophia Hull. British novelist Rosie Milne’s book resonates with the experiences that expat women have in Asia, even today. Themes such as scandalous pasts, an ambitious, driven partner and the earth-shattering lows of losing children come to life as the book traces the journey of the island’s founder from London to Penang, Malacca, Java, Sumatra and Singapore. Available at Books Kinokuniya for $19.80.
By Savitha Venugopal and Sushmita Mohapatra, The Finder (Issue 285), July 2017 / updated July 2019
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