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BooksActually is an independent bookstore located in Singapore. We specialise in Fiction and Literature (including obscure and critical works).

In our bookstore, you can often find literary trinkets in the form of stationery and other lovely tchotchkes.

We publish and distribute books under our imprint Math Paper Press. We also hand-stitch notebooks and produce stationery under Birds & Co.

BooksActually is now housed at No. 9 Yong Siak Street, in the heart of Tiong Bahru. Come, say hello !

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WORSE THINGS HAPPEN AT SEA
by Kellie Strom

Worse Things Happen at Sea utilizes Nobrow’s popular Leporello series to allow Strøm to flex his drawing muscles and come up with a monster of a concertina book. Inspired by tales of mythical sea creatures and the tall stories of doomed voyages passed down from sailor to son, Strøm brings us a rich tapestry of wonderment. Historical ships are attacked, enveloped and engorged by monstrous creatures surfacing from the deepest depths of the darkest oceans. Covering 20 panels each measuring 13.8cm x 23.5cm the image unfolds in front of you like a foreboding fable from the cracked lips of an old sea captain.

Taking over two years to create, the faux engraved colour separation style used for this project has been a departure from his two previous picture books, both illustrated with full colour acrylic paintings. In both techniques Strøm wrestled with creating detailed immersive worlds while also trying to preserve some of the immediacy of the original physical art. To reward the first lucky few we’ve asked Strøm to sign 50 copies which you can treasure like the most precious of loot aboard the Nuestra Señora de Atocha (though we’d advise you not to let it follow the same watery fate).

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NEUROCOMIC
by Dr Hana Roš and Dr Matteo Farinella

Do you know what your brain is made of? How does memory function? What is a neuron and how does it work? For that matter, what’s a comic? And in the words of Lewis Carroll’s famous caterpillar: “Who are you?”

Produced in association with the Wellcome Trust, this debut graphic novel by Dr. Hana Roš and Dr. Matteo Farinella is a journey through the human brain: a place of neuron forests, memory caves and castles of deception. Along the way, you’ll encounter Boschean beasts, giant squid, guitar-playing sea slugs and the great pioneers of Neuroscience.

Dr. Hana Roš is a neuroscientist with a Phd from Oxford University, UK. Dr. Matteo Farinella is an illustrator specialising in graphic journalism and scientific illustration. Farinella received a PhD in Neuroscience from University College London in 2013. Neurocomic is Roš and Farinella’s first title with Nobrow.

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IN PIECES
by Marion Fayolle

Originally published in France, In Pieces by Marion Fayolle, beautifully captures the complex bonds in human nature. Each story delineates from another resembling an episodic montage whose silent narrative leaves a lasting impression on its reader.

A man comes home to his lover, his hands are tainted by the dress of another woman. A few pages later, a couple fight for the custody of their daughter to the point where she’s literally cut in two. In Pieces is a beautiful book of visual poetry, in which all common metaphors are explained through images.

Marion Fayolle (born in 1988) graduated in 2011 with a degree in illustration from l’Ecole des Arts Décoratifs in Strasbourg, France. She’s one of the co-founders of the acclaimed French illustration magazine Nyctalope. In Pieces is her first book. She lives in Paris, France.

SIR FONG’S ADVENTURES IN SCIENCEby Otto FongThe original Sir Fong comics that spawned the Sir Fong’s Adventures In Science (SFAIS) series, this comic book features all the adventures that, not only Sir Fong, but also for most teachers, would very likely or have already encountered in the course of their teaching in schools! From cute and obedient bunnies (the students of course), to “killer” bunnies, you will be absorbed into the classroom’s everyday happenings - good, bad, funny or just plain stupid, whatever it is, you are guaranteed to laugh your heart out reading the comics. Have fun!

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SIR FONG’S ADVENTURES IN SCIENCE
by Otto Fong

The original Sir Fong comics that spawned the Sir Fong’s Adventures In Science (SFAIS) series, this comic book features all the adventures that, not only Sir Fong, but also for most teachers, would very likely or have already encountered in the course of their teaching in schools!

From cute and obedient bunnies (the students of course), to “killer” bunnies, you will be absorbed into the classroom’s everyday happenings - good, bad, funny or just plain stupid, whatever it is, you are guaranteed to laugh your heart out reading the comics. Have fun!

A HISTORY OF THE ARAB PEOPLESby Albert HouraniIn a bestselling work of profound and lasting importance, the late Albert Hourani told the definitive history of the Arab peoples from the seventh century, when the new religion of Islam began to spread from the Arabian peninsula westwards, to the present day. It is a masterly distillation of a lifetime of scholarship and a unique insight into a perpetually troubled region. This updated edition by Malise Ruthven adds a substantial new chapter which includes recent events such as 9/11, the US invasion of Iraq and its bloody aftermath, the fall of the Mubarak and Ben Ali regimes in Egypt and Tunisia, and the incipient civil war in Syria, bringing Hourani’s magisterial History up to date. Ruthven suggests that while Hourani can hardly have been expected to predict in detail the massive upheavals that have shaken the Arab world recently he would not have been entirely surprised, given the persistence of the kin-patronage networks he describes in his book and the challenges now posed to them by a new media-aware generation of dissatisfied youth. In a new biographical preface, Malise Ruthven shows how Hourani’s perspectives on Arab history were shaped by his unique background as an English-born Arab Christian with roots in the Levant.

12:02 pm  11 notes

A HISTORY OF THE ARAB PEOPLES
by Albert Hourani

In a bestselling work of profound and lasting importance, the late Albert Hourani told the definitive history of the Arab peoples from the seventh century, when the new religion of Islam began to spread from the Arabian peninsula westwards, to the present day. It is a masterly distillation of a lifetime of scholarship and a unique insight into a perpetually troubled region.

This updated edition by Malise Ruthven adds a substantial new chapter which includes recent events such as 9/11, the US invasion of Iraq and its bloody aftermath, the fall of the Mubarak and Ben Ali regimes in Egypt and Tunisia, and the incipient civil war in Syria, bringing Hourani’s magisterial History up to date.

Ruthven suggests that while Hourani can hardly have been expected to predict in detail the massive upheavals that have shaken the Arab world recently he would not have been entirely surprised, given the persistence of the kin-patronage networks he describes in his book and the challenges now posed to them by a new media-aware generation of dissatisfied youth.

In a new biographical preface, Malise Ruthven shows how Hourani’s perspectives on Arab history were shaped by his unique background as an English-born Arab Christian with roots in the Levant.

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FOREVER FEVER
(1998)

Disco may be dead, but its spirit lives on in Forever Fever, a crowd-pleasing dance flick from then-first-time director Glen Goei. The film contains a deft mix of comedy, romance, and drama, which results in a thoroughly charming homage to Saturday Night Fever, John Travolta, and even the late, great Bruce Lee. Although steeped in references to the 1977 disco classic, the movie avoids rip-off status thanks to ample doses of heart, humor, and originality—not to mention an unmistakably Singaporean touch.


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THE BLUE MANSION
(2009)

The Blue Mansion is a quirky murder mystery about a wealthy Asian tycoon who dies suddenly under mysterious circumstances and returns as a ghost to try to uncover the secret of his death. Two eager detectives investigate the death, chasing all leads and suspects, including the dead man’s three children. The ghost witnesses his own funeral wake, attended by jealous relatives and business competitors as well as the police investigation that unveils hidden family secrets.

"So, now I shall talk every night. To myself. To the moon. I shall walk, as I did tonight, jealous of my loneliness, in the blue-silver of the cold moon, shining brilliantly on the drifts of fresh-fallen snow, with the myriad sparkles. I talk to myself and look at the dark trees, blessedly neutral. So much easier than facing people, than having to look happy, invulnerable, clever."—from Johnny Panic and the Bible of Dreams by Sylvia Plath

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"So, now I shall talk every night. To myself. To the moon. I shall walk, as I did tonight, jealous of my loneliness, in the blue-silver of the cold moon, shining brilliantly on the drifts of fresh-fallen snow, with the myriad sparkles. I talk to myself and look at the dark trees, blessedly neutral. So much easier than facing people, than having to look happy, invulnerable, clever."

—from Johnny Panic and the Bible of Dreams by Sylvia Plath

GETTING STUCK IN FOR SHANGHAIby Robert BickersAfter 1914, between tiffin and a day at the race track, the British in Shanghai enjoyed a life far removed from the horrors of the Great War. Shanghai’s status as a treaty port – with its foreign concessions home to expatriates from every corner of the globe – made it the most cosmopolitan city in Asia. The city’s inhabitants on either side of the conflict continued to mix socially to mix socially after the outbreak of war, the bond amongst foreign nationals being almost as strong as that between countrymen. But as news of the slaughter spread of the Far East, and in particular the sinking of the Lusitania, their ambivalence turned to antipathy.

12:10 pm  9 notes

GETTING STUCK IN FOR SHANGHAI
by Robert Bickers

After 1914, between tiffin and a day at the race track, the British in Shanghai enjoyed a life far removed from the horrors of the Great War. Shanghai’s status as a treaty port – with its foreign concessions home to expatriates from every corner of the globe – made it the most cosmopolitan city in Asia. The city’s inhabitants on either side of the conflict continued to mix socially to mix socially after the outbreak of war, the bond amongst foreign nationals being almost as strong as that between countrymen. But as news of the slaughter spread of the Far East, and in particular the sinking of the Lusitania, their ambivalence turned to antipathy.

BEST NEW SINGAPOREAN SHORT STORIES VOLUME ONEedited by Jason Erik LundbergSingaporean literature has begun experiencing a sea change, with the short story form enjoying a renaissance. As a result, an explosion of short fiction with a Singaporean flavour has been produced to incredible effect, both by emerging and established writers. For the prose enthusiast, it is a very exciting time.The Epigram Books Collection of Best New Singaporean Short Stories: Volume One curates the finest short fiction from Singaporean writers published in 2011 and 2012. This ground-breaking and unique anthology showcases stories that examine various facets of the human condition and the truths that we tell ourselves in order to exist in the everyday. The styles are as varied as the authors, and no two pieces are alike. Here are twenty unique and breathtaking literary insights into the Singaporean psyche, which examine what it means to live in this particular part of the world at this particular time.(NOW AVAILABLE ON OUR WEBSTORE !)

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BEST NEW SINGAPOREAN SHORT STORIES VOLUME ONE
edited by Jason Erik Lundberg

Singaporean literature has begun experiencing a sea change, with the short story form enjoying a renaissance. As a result, an explosion of short fiction with a Singaporean flavour has been produced to incredible effect, both by emerging and established writers. For the prose enthusiast, it is a very exciting time.

The Epigram Books Collection of Best New Singaporean Short Stories: Volume One curates the finest short fiction from Singaporean writers published in 2011 and 2012. This ground-breaking and unique anthology showcases stories that examine various facets of the human condition and the truths that we tell ourselves in order to exist in the everyday. The styles are as varied as the authors, and no two pieces are alike. Here are twenty unique and breathtaking literary insights into the Singaporean psyche, which examine what it means to live in this particular part of the world at this particular time.


(NOW AVAILABLE ON OUR WEBSTORE !)

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