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Epigram is pleased to announce the release of its first books for 2019.

These are the novel Love, Lies and Indomee by Nuril Basri, a rising star in Indonesia's literary scene; and a new mini-book series called Rational Conversations. The series currently features four books ...

China Is Messing With Your Mind by Bilahari Kausikan,
The Power of a People by Kuik Shiao-yin,
The Silhouette of Oppression by Kirsten Han, and 
A Manifesto for Arts Funding by Alfian Sa'at

The books are available from our online store, Local Books and all leading bookstores. 

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ABOUT LOVE, LIES AND INDOMEE
The storyLove, Lies and Indomee is a sharp and witty novel about the struggles of finding love in 21st-century Jakarta. Independent career woman Ratu needs a boyfriend — now. Why? Because she can’t stand her mother’s nagging, and she’d rather die than be forced into an arranged marriage. Taking matters into her own hands, she trawls the Internet in hopes of finding her dream man. She meets a handsome stranger online who ticks all the boxes, but will he turn out to be Mr Right?
The Author: Nuril Basri was born in Tangerang, Indonesia. He writes tragicomedies and bildungsromans with themes of loneliness, insecurity, friendship, dysfunctional families and the minorities. He was also touted by the British Council in their list of 5 Indonesian authors to watch in 2019 and was a grantee of the Indonesian National Book Committee’s writing residency in the UK in 2017. He was also a 2018 grantee of the “Crossing Borders” programme jointly run by the Robert Bosch Foundation and the Literarisches Colloquium Berlin. The novel, Love, Lies and Indomee, was first published in Bahasa Indonesia as Enak

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ABOUT RATIONAL CONVERSATIONS
The books: Rational Conversations is a series of mini-books based on essays and/or speeches by prominent Singaporeans on issues close to their heart. 

In A Manifesto for Arts Funding, poet and playwright Alfian Sa'at calls for greater support for the arts in our city-state. In China is Messing With Your Mind, former diplomat Bilahari Kausikan highlights two global trends that can shape Singapore's future – identity politics and the rise of China – and how China is using them to influence the Singapore identity. 
In The Silhouette of Oppression, activist and journalist Kirsten Han examines the relationship between the government and political journalists in Singapore. Finally, in The Power of a People, former Nominated Member of Parliament Kuik Shiao-Yin shares the concerns of young voters and how a new generation of leaders can rise up to serve them.  

The authors: 
Alfian Sa'at is a prominent English- and Malay- language playwright, poet and short-story writer. He is a three-time winner of Best Original Script at The Straits Times Life! Theatre Awards.
Bilahari Kausikan chairs the Middle East Institute of NUS. From 2001 to 2013, he was the second Permanent Secretary and then-Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He was subsequently Ambassador-at-Large until May 2018.
Kirsten Han is a Singaporean freelance journalist and Editor-in-Chief of New Naratif, a platform for Southeast Asian journalism, research, art and community-building.
Kuik Shiao-Yin is a former twice-nominated member of a parliament. She co-runs The Thought Collective, a group of purpose-driven businesses whose mission is to build up social and emotional capital. 

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ABOUT EPIGRAM BOOKS
Epigram Books is Singapore’s largest independent publisher. It was formed in 2011 to champion Singaporean literature and publishes all fiction and non-fiction books — from novels to memoirs, from short stories to plays, from graphic novels to children's books. Epigram has published several award-winning books, such as The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye, State of EmergencyMinistry of Moral Panic, and The Gatekeeper, as well as popular children's series such as The Diary of Amos Lee, Secrets of Singapore and Sherlock Sam.

 

February 21, 2019 by Accounts Team EB