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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
Lee’s Lieutenants: Singapore’s Old Guard (revised edition)
Lee’s Lieutenants: Singapore’s Old Guard was a national non-fiction bestseller when it was first published in 1999. Now this seminal work is back in a Revised Edition, with a new Preface and Epilogue that sets the book in the context of the last nineteen years.

A classic in the historiography of the city-state, Lee’s Lieutenants argues that a sovereign and successful Singapore was not built by a single great leader but by a magnificent team; each a leader in his own right.

Across eight meticulously-argued chapters, filled with vivid photographs that capture key historical moments, leading scholars examine Singapore’s first generation leaders – affectionately and reverentially referred to as the Old Guard.

This Revised Edition reflects on the passing of most of the Old Guard and its implications for the contested Singapore Story. It also tells the story behind the book: its genesis, its controversy, how it became a national bestseller and its subsequent ‘mainstreaming’ in the Singapore Narrative.

Our price: US$30.00
Making Waves, Changing Lives: 50 Years of Outward Bound Singapore
When Outward Bound Singapore (OBS) was set up on Pulau Ubin in 1967, it was little more than an abandoned quarry, a mangrove swamp and the seafront put together.

With the bare basics, OBS set sail into uncharted waters, creating and running outdoor adventure courses that would challenge generations of Singaporeans beyond their perceived physical limits, so as to build ruggedness and resilience.

Since then, it has steered more than 500,000 Singaporeans on a unique voyage that takes them both outward bound towards new adventures and onward bound to live out its motto — to serve, to strive and not to yield.

True to its motto, OBS has also forged ahead to become a premier outdoor adventure institution in the world.

As OBS crosses the 50-year mark, this book celebrates its achievements, and looks at the challenges ahead.

The book also brings together 50 inspiring stories of individuals who have all been toughened by the OBS journey, transformed by its experience and touched by its spirit.

They include Mr Edwin Siew, one of two men in the first Singapore team to summit Mount Everest in 1998, and Mr David Lim, one of four men in the first Singapore team to trek to the South Pole in 1999.

Our price: US$56.00
SAM: A mother’s 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