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In this humorous, tongue-sometimes-in-cheek book, radio deejay Shan Wee, dad to two young boys, dispenses wisdom about fatherhood. Well, maybe not so much wisdom as his two cents’ worth on being a dad: 99 rules such as Newborn babies are boring and Being hungover with babies to look after is the 7th layer of hell. The rules, as he himself says, are “not based much on scientific study”. All he can offer “is the experience of a dad who, like all dads for thousands of years, has just been making it up as he goes along”. But don’t be fooled. This dad also has tips and tricks to share, such as how to get your food-hating kid to eat. And at the end of the day, he reminds readers, accept that being a dad is now your Number 1 job. A perfect message for Father’s Day!

The full-colour book is filled with amusing personal anecdotes and glimpses into the author’s family life and includes photographs of him, his sons and his wife. The marketing campaign by Straits Times Press includes advertisements in The Straits Times, The Business Times and The New Paper.

“HILARIOUS! But completely TRUE. This book is a must-have for all new parents...” - Beatrice Chia-Richmond, theatre director and mother

Our price: US$22.00
GUILTY AS CHARGED: 25 Crimes That Have Shaken Singapore Since 1965

Murder. Dismemberment. A shooting. A stabbing. Cheating. Murder for gold bars. Murder for a Rolex. Murder.
This book recounts 25 infamous crime cases that have taken place in Singapore since 1965.

Some of the victims' names are still remembered today.

Jenny Cheok, 22, killed by her apparently devoted boyfriend Sunny Ang during a diving trip near the Sisters' Islands.
Nine-year-old Agnes Ng and 10-year-old Ghazali Marzuki, killed by self-styled medium Adrian Lim, his wife and his mistress.
Huang Na, nine, murdered at the Pasir Panjang Wholesale centre by vegetable packer Took Leng How.

Other cases include:

  • The tourist from hell, John Martin Scripps, who in 1996 killed South African tourist Gerard George Lowe
  • Chia Teck Leng, sentenced to 42 years in jail in 2004 for swindling four foreign banks out of S$117 million
  • The “One-Eyed Dragon”, gun-wielding gangster Tan Chor Jin
  • The Sunshine Empire scheme of 2006 that swindled ordinary Singaporeans out of nearly S$190 million
  • The killing of two-year-old Nonoi in 2006
  • The 2015 trial and conviction of Yap Weng Wah, who sexually abused about 30 boys in flats, a chalet and toilet cubicles over three years.

Guilty As Charged, which is edited by The Straits Times associate news editor Abdul Hafiz, is a detailed retelling of these 25 cases and the trials that followed, and is rich with photographs from The Straits Times archives.

Our price: US$25.00
SAM: A motherís journey of faith

"Monday, 6 September 2004, turned out to be one of the most harrowing days for our family..."

So begins Lim Soo Hoon’s journey as she discovers that her elder son, Sam, is suffering from Hodgkin’s disease, a cancer of the lymphatic system. Over the course of two years, amidst numerous trips to the hospital and the everyday details of Sam’s treatment, Soo Hoon wrote a fiercely honest series of updates to family and friends, chronicling her struggles and deepest fears. This book is a story of unexpected blessings and small mercies, of how faith can sustain us when hope seems most unlikely, and is a testament to the redeeming power of personal belief and familial love. Sam: A Mother’s Journey of Faith was first published in 2006 and reprinted twice in that year. This edition contains a 2017 preface by the author and an update on Sam, who is now a trained teacher in a secondary school, teaching English Literature and English All royalties from the book go to the Singapore Cancer Society.

Our price: US$14.00