Novelists of Singapore


It was only after the advent of independence that literature of Singapore witnessed the arrival of fiction writing. Short stories were then the most flourishing form of literary art and it was long after that novels made an entry into the world of literature in Singapore. The novelists of Singapore are unique and special in their own way and offer the readers a glimpse of the special aspects of Singaporean social life. Our site focussingapore offers detailed information about novelists of Singapore.

Goh Poh Seng is considered to be the pioneer of novel writing in Singapore. Two of his finest productions If We Dream Too Long (1972) and A Dance of Moths are very popular among the readers of Singapore.

Catherine Lim is however, believed to be the most widely read author of Singapore and her first two books made a significant contribution in the literary field of Singapore. Little Ironies: Stories of Singapore (1978) and Or Else, The Lightning God and Other Stories (1980) are some of her best novels. The later was incorporated into the textbooks falling under the GCSE syllabus. Han May is better known for her non-fiction books. Star Sapphire (1985) written by her is a science fiction and even earned her a High Commendation Award. Relatively Speaking is another popular novel and offers the readers detailed information about her family and childhood memories.

The other major novelists of Singapore are Rex Shelley, Su-Chen Christine Lim, Gopal Baratham, Augustine Goh Sin Tub, Stella Kon and Philip Jeyaretnam.

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