50 Best Kept Secrets of the Istana: History and Heritage
- About the Author & Illustrator
Discover 50 little-known facts about Istana, the place previously known as Government House, from its building completion in 1869 to when Singapore achieved self-government in 1959.
The Istana celebrates its rich history, distinguished guests, interesting milestones and the thriving wildlife and plants of its domain in this Legacy Series.
In History and Heritage, you’ll discover 50 little-known facts about the place known as Government House, from its building completion in 1869 to when Singapore achieved self-government in 1959.
Using archival research surrounding the history of Singapore from its colonial days to 1959, this book aims to present the country’s past through a gentle and at times humorous narrative. Less like a textbook and more of a companion read to a heritage walk, readers will find the historical facts in this book easy to follow and remember.
Irene Hoe plied her craft in The Straits Times and its sister newspapers for 26 years as opinion columnist, political reporter, culture and heritage writer and copy editor. Since leaving ST in 2004, she has counted GolinHarris, Lien Foundation, GIC and Straits Times Press among her clients. The author of Collins Illustrated Guide to Singapore (1989), Singapore From The Air (1990), among other titles, Hoe is also an accomplished editor, most recently of the books Intelligent Island (2017) and Second Beginnings: Senior Living Redefined (2018).
Quek Hong Shin is a freelance graphic designer and illustrator who has worked with The Straits Times and has designed advertorials for companies like Epson, HP and Samsung. He was one of the Top 10 winners in the Open Category of IMAGINE Jewel Competition (2014) for illustration on Project Jewel, organised by Changi Airport Group. His picture book for children, The Amazing Sarong (2015), was shortlisted for the Hedwig Anuar Children’s Book Award in 2018 and the Best Children’s Title for the Singapore Book Awards in 2016.
Cover Type: Paperback
Page Count: 80
Year Published: 2019
Size: 210mm x 140mm