Best Singaporean Short Stories 1


This volume collects some of the best short fiction written by Singapore’s most imaginative minds, including Balli Kaur Jaswal, Jeremy Tiang, Cyril Wong and more. (Exclusive to the United Kingdom.)

Over the past decade, Singaporean literature has experienced a massive sea change, with the short story form enjoying a powerful renaissance. As a result, an explosion of fiction from the island-nation has erupted onto the literary scene, by both emerging and established writers. This groundbreaking anthology showcases breathtaking literary insights into what it means to live in Singapore at this particular time, and why the country is much more than simply a playground for the crazy rich.


  • Introduction | Jason Erik Lundberg
  • Everest | Balli Kaur Jaswal
  • Cinema | Cyril Wong
  • Seascrapers | Stephanie Ye
  • The Tigers of Bengal | Manish Melwani
  • Mudskippers | Philip Holden
  • The Boy, the Swordfish, the Bleeding Island | Ng Yi-Sheng
  • Madam Jamilah’s Family Portrait | Nuraliah Norasid
  • Regrettable Things | Jennani Durai
  • What They’re Doing Here | Yu-Mei Balasingamchow
  • The Borrowed Boy | Alfian Sa’at
  • The Tiger of 142B | Dave Chua
  • Walking Backwards Up Bukit Timah Hill | Jon Gresham
  • Thing Language | Daryl Qilin Yam
  • Foreign and Domestic | Kirstin Chen
  • National Day | Jeremy Tiang

Praise for Best Singaporean Short Stories 1

“A real delight to discover this feast of remarkable Singaporean short stories from well-known established voices as well as fresh new ones, stylishly served up by the admirable Epigram Books.”
Romesh Gunesekera, Booker Prize-shortlisted author of Reef and Suncatcher

“You know how it is at your favourite hawker centre: a real rojak of scents, colours, flavours, voices, mixing into uncanny harmony. So it is with this die-die-must-try collection of fifteen short stories, each revealing one of Singapore’s many facets. Someone once said that poetry is a luxury Singapore couldn’t afford; these writers prove that statement wrong in the poetry of their shared experience. The Lion City’s huge history is theirs to unspool—of their city, country, culture: their Singapore, an epic like no other. Read it!”
Miguel Syjuco, Man Asian Literary Prize-winning author of Ilustrado

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