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Neil Humphreys

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With Singapore evolving at blistering pace, old Singapore is being left behind, neglected or just plain dying? As a result, active citizenry is taking off like never before with Singaporeans campaigning to save Bukit Brown, Joo Chiat HDB flats, Rochor Centre, with Jalan Besar, Balestier and Tiong Bahru championed for their history/heritage. Basically, as Singapore becomes more of a global metropolis, the search to save its soul has been taken up like never before. Nostalgia is spreading through the country. Old Singapore has never been more hip, more trendy as Singaporeans cling to the last vestiges of what actually makes them Singaporean. The race is on to save an even sexier island. So as the nation celebrates its 50th anniversary, Neil Humphreys heads off on a tour of old Singapore to find 50 sights and sounds that are at risk of being overlooked, forgotten or even bulldozed and lost forever. Some are historically significant (like Queenstown or Tiong Bahru). Some are environmentally significant (like Pulau Hantu or Lazarus Island). Some are culturally significant (like Cafe Colbar and Thieves Market). Some are politically significant (like LKY's house!). And some are just quirky and a tad surreal (a remote bus stop, a viewing tower in Upper Seletar, Haw Par Villa and Zouk). But Humphreys tracks them all down in a funny, insightful and unashamedly sentimental search for what's left of Singapore's soul.

Neil Humphreys
N.J. Humphreys moved to Singapore from the UK when he was 21 and became the country’s best-selling author with 18 titles to his name. Writing as Neil Humphreys, his The Hunt for the Green Boomerang (2016) and the Abbie Rose and the Magic Suitcase series are illustrated children’s eco-adventures, the latter about a smart, feisty girl on a mission to save endangered animals. He is currently working on the animated TV series of Abbie Rose with an international broadcaster. Similar to Abbie Rose, Princess Incognito features a vivacious heroine who is both clever and funny. His works on Singapore - from Notes from an Even Smaller Island (2001) to Saving a Sexier Island: Notes from an Old Singapore (2015) – are among the most popular titles in the past decade. His book Be My Baby (2008) chronicled his journey to parenthood and was his first international bestseller. He is also author of the thrillers, Marina Bay Sins (2014) and its sequel, Rich Kill Poor Kill (2016), as well as the football novels Match Fixer (2010) and Premier Leech (2011).

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