26 Singaporeans You Need to Know
“We need more naysayers… We need to create new formulas, which you can’t until you attack and challenge every sacred cow.”
— Kishore Mahbubani, former dean of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy
In 26 conversations with 26 naysayers, this book is aimed at reflecting the spectrum of naysaying in Singapore’s civil society. Each person is interviewed against the backdrop of his or her bookcase, putting front and centre a life of ideas and imagination.
Discover their favourite (and sometimes subversive) reads. This is a book club for curious minds.
|Tan Tarn How
Tay Kheng Soon
Yeoh Lam Keong
Remy Choo Zheng Xi
Teo Soh Lung
Chua Beng Huat
William SW Lim
Mohamed Imran Mohamed Taib
Thum Ping Tjin
“Right book, right time; read and be inspired by the naysayers in our midst as they battle against the odds.”
— Ismail Kassim, political journalist and author of No Hard Feelings
“I was not disappointed in the depth and authenticity of the interviews… The chapters on Sonny Liew, the award-winning comic book maestro, and Thum Ping Tjin, the controversial historian who startles with his honest interpretation of history, will be among those I will turn to first.”
— Clement Mesenas, journalist and author of Dissident Voices and The Last Great Strike
“In Singapore there is a fine line between co-option by the establishment and ostracism by society. These delightful vignettes are about the brave men and women who tread it—often at great personal cost—expanding our collective imagination in ways the elite never can. Instead of calling for more naysayers, Singapore would do well to listen to those it already has.”
— Sudhir Thomas Vadaketh, author of Floating on a Malayan Breeze
An independent publisher based in Singapore, Epigram Books is known for putting together well-designed and thought-provoking titles. It began as a division of the multiple award-winning communications design firm Epigram but registered as a separate entity in July 2011 to champion Singaporean literature.
It is best known for the middle grade series, The Diary of Amos Lee, which has sold over 240,000 copies worldwide. Other landmark publications include translations of Cultural Medallion winners and new editions of out-of-print classic Singaporean novels.
In 2014, a debut short story collection Epigram Books published, Ministry of Moral Panic by Amanda Lee Koe, unanimously won the Singapore Literature Prize for English Fiction.
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