On my bookshelf

2020 onwards

too many to list…


Bayles, D. Art and Fear.

Boehmer, E. Colonial and Postcolonial Literature.

Brubaker, R. Grounds for Difference.

Calvino, I. Hermit in Paris.

Coetzee, J. M. The Life and Times of Michael K

Couser, T. Memoir: An Introduction.

Darwin, E. This is not a book about Charles Darwin.

Donaldson, S. The Impossible Craft.

Fields, K and Fields, B. Racecraft.

Jack, I. The Granta Book of Reportage.

MacDonald, W. The New York Times Book of the Dead: Obituaries of Extraordinary People.

Martin, B. Hanging Man: The Arrest of Ai Weiwei

Naipaul, V. S. Among the Believers.

Naipaul, V. S. The Enigma of Arrival.

Naipaul, V. S. India.

Naipaul, V. S. The Writer and the World.

Oates, J. C. A Widow’s Story

Roth, J. The White Cities.

Schulze, D. Authenticity in Contemporary Theatre and Performance.

Spradley, J. The Ethnographic Interview.

Zhao, Z. Prisoner of the State.


Bowles, P. Their Heads are Green and Their Hands are Blue. Harper Perennial.

Brautigan, R. An Unfortunate Woman.

Byron, R. The Road to Oxiana.

Chatwin, B. In Patagonia. Vintage.

Chiang, T. Stories of Your Life and Others.

Didion, J. Miami.

Ghosh, A. In an Antique Land. Granta Books.

Hamilton-Paterson, J. Playing with Water: Alone on a Philippine Island. Faber & Faber.

Hasan, R. A. Sips from a Broken Teacup. Ushba Publishing International.

Ibrahim, A. The Rohingyas: Inside Myanmar’s Genocide.

Jobey, L (ed.) The New Granta Book of Travel. Granta Books.

Jolly, A. Dead Babies and Seaside Towns.

Kidder, T. Mountains beyond Mountains: One Doctor’s Quest to Heal the World.

Laing, O. The Lonely City.

Levi, P. If this is a Man.

Macdonald, H. H is for Hawk. Vintage.

Moore, L. Who will Run the Frog Hospital? Faber & Faber.

Roth, J. What I Saw.

Solnit, R. A Field Guide to Getting Lost.

Vadaketh, S. D. Floating on a Malayan Breeze. Hong Kong University Press.

Aciman, A. False Papers.

Berlin, I. The Roots of Romanticism. Vintage.

Blanton, C. Travel Writing.

Cline, S. and Gillies, M. The Arvon Book of Literary Nonfiction.

Couser, T. G. Memoir: An Introduction. Oxford U. P.

Kermode, F. Romantic Image.

Rushdie, S. Imaginary Homelands.

Youngs, T. The Cambridge Introduction to Travel Writing.



Alexievich, S. 2013. Chernobyl Prayer. Penguin Random House.

Ballard, J.G. 2008. Miracles of Life. London: Fourth Estate.

Black, J. 2000. You Can’t Win. AK Press/ Nabat.

Blythe, R. 1999. Akenfield. Penguin Modern Classics.

Boo, K. 2012. Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death and Hope in a Mumbai Slum. Portobello Books.

Constantine, D. 2011. In the Footsteps of the Gods: Travellers to Greece and the Quest for the Hellenic Ideal. Tauris Parke.

Dante. 2011. Vita Nuova. (translated by Anthony Mortimer). Alma Classics.

Eggers, D. 2009. Zeitoun. Penguin Books.

Fermor, P. 2013. The Broken Road: From the Iron Gates to Mount Athos. John Murray.

Frayn, M. 2010. My Father’s Fortune. Faber and Faber.

Galloway, J. 2008. This is not about me. Granta.

Gosse, E. 1989. Father and Son. Penguin Books.

Julian of Norwich. 2015. Revelations of Divine Love. (translated by Barry Windeatt). Oxford U.P.

Kraus, C. 2006. I Love Dick. GB: Serpent’s Tail.

Larkin, E. 2011. Finding George Orwell in Burma. Granta.

Lindqvist, S. 2012. The Myth of Wu Tao-Tzu. Granta.

Malcolm, J. 1994. The Silent Woman: Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes. Granta.

Malcolm, J. 2001. Reading Chekov: A Critical Journey. Granta.

Marsh, H. 2014. Do No Harm: Stories of Life, Death and Brain Surgery. Weidenfeld & Nicholson.

Mitchell, J. 1992. Up in the Old Hotel. Vintage Books.

Osborne, J. 1981. A Better Class of Person. Faber and Faber.

Plutarch. Greek Lives. (translated by Robin Waterfield). Oxford U.P.

Sarte, J.P. 1964. Words. Penguin Modern Classics.

Sebald, W.G. 1996. The Emigrants. The Harvill Press.

Sebald, W.G. 1998. The Rings of Saturn. The Harvill Press.

Sebald, W.G. 1999. Vertigo. The Harvill Press.

Shen Fu. 1983. Six Records of a Floating Life. Penguin Classics.

Solomon, A. 2016. Far & Away. Penguin Random House.

Talese, G. 1997. Frank Sinatra has a Cold and Other Essays. Penguin Modern Classics.

Tomalin, C. 2002. Samuel Pepys: The Unequalled Self. Viking.

Thomson, R. 2010. This Party’s Got to Stop: A Memoir. Granta.

Wheen, F. 1999. Karl Marx. Fourth Estate.

Writing and theory

Backsheider, P. 2013. Reflections on Biography.

Batchelor, J. 1995. The Art of Literary Biography. NY: Oxford U.P.

Benton, M. 2009. Literary Biography. Wiley-Blackwell.

Borel, B. 2016. The Chicago Guide to Fact-Checking. The University of Chicago Press.

Cline, S. and Angier, C. 2010. The Arvon Book of Life Writing: Writing Biography, Autobiography and Memoir. Methuen Drama.

Egri, L. 2004. The Art of Dramatic Writing. NY: Touchstone.

Holroyd, M. 2002. Works on Paper: The Craft of Biography and Autobiography. GB: Little, Brown and Company.

Kerrane, K and Yagoda, B. (eds.) 1997. The Art of Fact: A Historical Anthology of Literary Journalism. NY: Scribner.

Kidder, T and Todd, R. 2013. Good Prose: The Art of Nonfiction. NY: Random House.

Lopate, P. 2013. To Show and to Tell: The Craft of Literary Nonfiction. NY: Simon and Schuster.

Roberts, B. 2002. Biographical Research. Open U.P.

Lives of artists

Atwood, M. 1988. Cat’s Eye. Toronto: McClellan & Stewart.

Barnes, J. 1984. Flaubert’s Parrot. Jonathan Cape.

Boyd, W. 1998. Nat Tate. GB: Edition Stemmle.

Cumming, L. 2016. The Vanishing Man. Vintage Digital: Kindle Edition.

Gayford, M. 2014. Man with a Blue Scarf. Thames and Hudson: Kindle Edition.

Gibbs, J. 2014. Randall. GB: Galley Beggar Press.

Hesse, H. 1930. Narcissus and Goldmund. Penguin Books.

Ishiguro, K. 1986. An Artist of the Floating World. Faber and Faber.

Jones, W. 2007. Grayson Perry: Portrait of the Artist as a Young Girl. Vintage.

Joyce, J. 1916. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. Penguin.

Malcolm, J. 2013. Forty-one False Starts: Essays on Artists and Writers. Granta Books: Kindle Edition.

Maugham, S. 1919. Moon and Sixpence. William Heinemann.

Miller, L. 2001. The Bronte Myth. Jonathan Cape.

Saramago, J. 1984. The Death of Ricardo Reis. Houghton Mifflin.

Soussloff, C. 1997. The Absolute Artist: The historiography of a concept. University of Minnesota Press.

Steadman, R. 2002. DooDaaa: The Balletic Art of Gavin Twinge. Bloomsbury.

Stein, G. 1933. The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas. Penguin: Kindle Edition: 2001.

Symons, AJA. 1934. The Quest for Corvo. NYRB Classics.

Vasari, G. 1550. The Lives of the Artists. OUP Oxford: Kindle Edition: 1998.

Vonnegut, K. 1987. Bluebeard. Delacorte Press.

White, P. 1970. The Vivisector. Jonathan Cape.

Wolfe, T. 2008. The Painted Word. USA: Picador.

Performance Art (Lee Wen)

Chong, T. 2012. The Theatre and the State in Singapore: Orthodoxy and Resistance. Routledge.

Goldberg, R. 2004. Performance: Live Art Since the 60s. GB: Thames & Hudson.

Heddon, D. and Klein, J. 2012. Histories and Practices of Live Art. GB: Palgrave Macmillan.

Langenbach, R., ‘Performing the Singapore State’, PhD thesis, University of Western Sydney, Australia, 2003.

Lee, W. 1981. A Waking Dream. Singapore: Select Books.

Lee, W. 1992. Chinese Thought and its Relationship to Portraiture. Self-published.

Lee, W. C. 2012. ‘The Assumption of Love: friendship and the search for discursive density’. In Modern and Contemporary Southeast Asian Art: a Critical Anthology. Eds: Boreth Ly and Nora Taylor. Ithaca: Southeast Asia Program Publications, Cornell University

Lee, W.C. 2004. ‘Just What Is It that Makes the Term Global-Local So Widely Cited, Yet So Annoying?’ Reprinted in Over Here: International Perspectives on Art and Culture. Eds: Jean Fisher and Gerardo Mosquera. Cambridge: MIT Press and New Museum.

Lee, W.C. 2001. ‘McNationalism in Singapore’. In House of Glass: Culture, Modernity, and the State in Southeast Asia. Ed: Yao Souchou. Singapore: Institute of Southeast Asian Studies.

Sabapathy, T.K. 2010. Road to Nowhere: The Quick Rise and the Long Fall of Art History in Singapore. Singapore: The Art Gallery at the National Education Institute, Singapore

Say, J. and Seng Y.J. 2016. Histories, Practices, Interventions: A Reader in Singapore Contemporary Art. Singapore: Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore

Taylor, N. 2009. Painters in Hanoi: An Ethnography of Vietnamese Art. Singapore: National University of Singapore.

Toh, J. 2012. Lee Wen: Lucid Dreams in the Reverie of the Real. Singapore: Singapore Art Museum.

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