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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by C W Moss

Unicorns are just like us. They have problems, stresses, and like to blow off some steam. Author and illustrator C. W. Moss explores the psyche of the single-horned in his book, Why Unicorn Drinks.

A follow-up to Unicorn Being a Jerk, this volume of nearly 65 four-color illustrations and captions portrays the sad reality of life as a mythical creature, and reveals what drives Unicorn to the bottle.

As fans of Moss’ online comic undoubtedly know, Why Unicorn Drinks pours a double-shot of laughter and irreverence. You’ll never look at a unicorn the same way again.

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Sylvia Plath: Drawings
is a portfolio of pen-and-ink illustrations created during the transformative period spent at Cambridge University, when Plath met and secretly married poet Ted Hughes, and traveled with him to Paris and Spain on their honeymoon, years before she wrote her seminal work, The Bell Jar.

Throughout her life, Sylvia Plath cited art as her deepest source of inspiration. This collection sheds light on these key years in her life, capturing her exquisite observations of the world around her. It includes Plath’s drawings from England, France, Spain, and New England, featuring such subjects as Parisian rooftops, trees, and churches, as well as a portrait Ted Hughes.

Sylvia Plath: Drawings includes letters and diary entries that add depth and context to the great poet’s work, as well as an illuminating introduction by her daughter, Frieda Hughes.

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by Sachiko Umoto

The 4th book in the Illustration School series focuses on the subject colors. A good understanding and use of color is a key skill for artists and designers to master. The popular illustrator Sachiko Umoto’s exercises on magical color selection show you how to enjoy colors and express your feelings with colors, with each exercise accompanied by cute illustrations and simple color exercises. Adults and children can equally enjoy and learn how to use colors through this book.

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by Catherine Ingram

Andy Warhol, the iconic Pop artist, presented himself as the vacuous, dumb kid, famously saying, ‘If you want to know all about Andy Warhol, just look at the surface of my paintingsand there I am. There’s nothing behind it.’ This book penetrates the surface and explores Warhols art from his beginnings as a commercial artist to his apotheosis as a society portrait painter. Vivid illustrations reveal Andys worlds: his childhood in Pittsburgh, his chaotic Manhattan mansion and the Silver Factory, where New Yorks bright new things hung out and had fun. Series writer Catherine Ingram brings her extensive knowledge to the book, while specially commissioned illustrations by Andrew Rae vividly portray the text.

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There’s nothing like the spectre of death to make you stop and appreciate the wisdom of great minds.

Not famous quotes from well-known leaders, or those sappy inspirational catchphrases, but sagely nuggets of advice from forgotten legends as well as useful info from ordinary blokes, who have seen and done it all.

Volume nine is full of the latter.

There’s Evel Knievel, the daredevil Godfather, who was once described as “the last gladiator of the New Rome” and all the crazy deeds that broke nearly every bone in his body.

Author Tim Winton gives us 10 things he believes, and as you’d expect from such a great writer, he’s equally poetic and passionate about each of them.

American comedian Rob Delaney explains how becoming a father makes you think about kissing men with stubble and occasionally makes you cry in the middle of a long jog.

Three guys from London, who have set-up the first copper distillery in the city in nearly 200 years, spill the secret to making great gin.

Doctor Karl Kruszelnicki lists six things that science is yet to explain, including sun sneezes, the allure of kissing and why some people eat their boogers.

And then there’s Magnus Walker, a Brit who moved to LA with nothing, built an empire and now spends his time collecting old Porsches, but only so he can chop them up. His credo is ‘dirt don’t slow you down’, which we love, because it’s a reminder that it’s often better working on something new instead of polishing something old.

now available at BooksActually !

A perfect way to say Happy Birthday ! Birds & Co. now produces its own line of greeting cards, each blank on the inside for you to write your own special note.- 4.5”x 6” (when folded)- blank interior- comes with brown envelopes- printed full color on natural white cover paper- printed in Singaporeavailable at BooksActually & our webstore !

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by Birds & Co.

A perfect way to say Happy Birthday ! Birds & Co. now produces its own line of greeting cards, each blank on the inside for you to write your own special note.

- 4.5”x 6” (when folded)
- blank interior
- comes with brown envelopes
- printed full color on natural white cover paper
- printed in Singapore

available at BooksActually & our webstore !

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"The thing with your heart’s desire is that your heart doesn’t even know what it desires until it turns up."

— from Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler (Art by Maira Kalman)

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by Adrian Tomine

Two strangers, both reading the same novel, share a fleeting glance between passing subway cars. A bookstore owner locks eyes with a neighbor as she receives an Amazon package. Strangers are united by circumstance as they wait on the subway stairs for a summer storm to pass.

Adrian Tomine’s illustrations and comics have been appearing for more than a decade in the pages (and on the cover) of The New Yorker. Instantly recognizable for their deceptively simple and evocative style, these images have garnered the attention of The New Yorker’s readership and the approbation of such venerable institutions as the Art Directors Club and American Illustration.

New York Drawings is a loving homage to the city that Tomine, a West Coast transplant, has called home for the past seven years. This lavish, beautifully designed volume collects every cover, comic, and illustration that he has produced for The New Yorker to date, along with an assortment of other rare and uncollected illustrations and sketches inspired by the city. Complete with notes and annotations by the author, New York Drawings will also feature a new introductory comic focusing on Tomine’s experiences as a New York illustrator.

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"From flowers and bees to dinosaurs and skeletons. Let the inky fingers begin!"

— from Let’s make some GREAT FINGERPRINT ART by Marion Deuchars

Now available at BooksActually!

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