Shortlisted for Singapore Literature Prize 2016 (English Non-Fiction)
Translated from the Chinese by Shelly Byrant
You Jin brings to her travel writing the same wit evident in her fiction. Whether she is trekking through the Amazon rainforest, exploring the caves of Granada with gypsy pickpockets, visiting a farm stay in Tasmania, or negotiating for a horsehair-lacquer cup in Myanmar, she is adept at weaving a whimsical incident into a compelling and amusing narrative. Her trademark spirited humour brings to life the vastness of the globe we inhabit, as well as more intimate encounters with the people she meets along the way.
About the Cultural Medallionist
Under the pen name You Jin, Tham Yew Chin has published 157 books to date in Singapore, Taiwan, China, Hong Kong and Malaysia. Her collection of work includes novels, short stories, travelogues and essays. The first recipient of both the inaugural Singapore Chinese Literary Award and the Montblanc-NUS Centre for the Arts Literary Award, You Jin was an educator in the Singaporean school system for twenty-nine years. She was awarded Singapore’s Cultural Medallion in 2009.
About the Translator
Shelly Bryant is the translator of Chew Kok Chang’s Other Cities, Other Lives, published by Epigram Books, and Sheng Keyi’s Northern Girls, which was published by Penguin Books and longlisted for the Man Asian Literary Prize. She is also the author of four volumes of poetry and two travel guides on Suzhou and Shanghai.
Size: 153 x 225mm
Published: April 2015
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