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Title The Philip Jeyaretnam Collection  
ISBN 978 981 4779 08 1
Philip Jeyaretnam
Specifications 215 mm x 140 mm / 524pp / Paperback
Publication Date Feb-2017
Target Audience General
Price (SGD) SGD 25.00 BUY NOW
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About the Book

This collection gathers three of Philip Jeyaretnam’s best-known works in a single volume. Together, they showcase his mastery of the written word across a range of forms, subject matter and emotional landscapes. The short stories and novels set in Singapore explore themes of identity, materialism, interracial relationships, power and betrayal while exposing the nation’s frailties, cracks and contradictions. Jeyaretnam’s characters – the thinkers, dreamers and doers – make their own way, searching for meaning in the gaps between achievement, aspiration and regret. 

First Loves displays Jeyaretnam’s intimate understanding of young love and loss, while Raffles Place Ragtime examines the place of love in relation to ambition, deception and material aspiration. In Abraham’s Promise, an old man comes to an understanding and reconciliation of his life and times hard-won in maturity.   

Charged with emotional power and clarity, Jeyaretnam’s spare, thoughtful prose shows off his gift for characterisation and confirms him as an elegant, eloquent stylist.

About the Author

Philip Jeyaretnam is a familiar face in Singapore’s literary scene. His book First Loves (1987) topped the Sunday Times bestseller list for 18 months, while Raffles Place Ragtime was nominated for the Commonwealth Writers Prize. He has served as chairman of the Singapore Writers Festival’s steering committee for several years. Philip is also Senior Counsel and Managing Partner at Rodyk & Davidson LLP.
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