The Naysayer’s Book Club

26 Singaporeans You Need to Know

Simon Vincent | Epigram Books | 2018


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“This book is an invitation to one and all to reimagine Singapore.” — Simon Vincent
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.

This is a book club for curious minds.

ISBN: 9789814785846

Cover Type: Softcover

Year Published: 2018

Language: English

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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
Constance Singam
Tay Kheng Soon
Yeoh Lam Keong
Cherian George
Claire Leow
Remy Choo Zheng Xi
Teo Soh Lung
Thirunalan Sasitharan
Jennifer Teo
Dan Wong
Chua Beng Huat
Kirsten Han
Filzah Sumartono
Alex Au
Martyn See
June Chua
William SW Lim
M Ravi
Loo Zihan
Vanessa Ho
Mohamed Imran Mohamed Taib
Seelan Palay
Sonny Liew
Margaret Thomas
Thum Ping Tjin

Advance Praises:
“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

ISBN: 9789814785846

Cover Type: Softcover

Year Published: 2018

Language: English

Simon Vincent

Simon Vincent is a multimedia journalist who covered the 2015 general election, among other news, for Six-Six News and is currently a freelance writer. His work has also appeared in The Middle Ground, Yahoo! News and other media. A graduate of the National University of Singapore, he has also dipped his toes in civil society, with Maruah and the Singapore Advocacy Awards. During National Service, he picked up a habit of reading and has since amassed a collection of a few hundred books.

Epigram Books

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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