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I grew up in a small town in Malaysia, more of a fishing village really that didn’t even have a bookshop. I was the only Indian kid in a school of Chinese and Malay children who didn’t understand me, teachers who thought I was weird because I wanted to play soccer even though I was a girl and parents who were too busy yelling at each other to pay any attention to me.
As a consequence of this fairly difficult upbringing (although there was often a very funny side) I feel very strongly about children finding their own identity and developing the resilience and perseverance to deal with difficult passages in life.
I wrote the book Ten – a little book with a big heart about Maya’s dream of playing at Wembley – to inspire children to believe that they could ‘change the ending’ of their own personal stories into something that makes them happy and fulfilled.
This session can be presented as a talk, or in workshop format.
Marcus Atkinson is good at math and computer games but he’s absolutely terrible at sport. Unfortunately, his Dad believes that Marcus has a gift for sport – just as long as they can find the right sport! Thus begins Marcus’s adventures, recorded for our enjoyment in his Diaries, as he tries to become a Soccer […]
On a rubber plantation in Malaya, on the eve of the Second World War, three teenagers enjoy their last summer of innocence before the Japanese invade. Against the backdrop of the fall of Malaya and Singapore, the communist insurgency and the eventual Japanese defeat, The Undone Years is a very human story of love and […]
There is a poster from the Singapore police department which states ‘Low Crime doesn’t mean no Crime!’ It adorns taxies on the island state and causes foreigners to stop and stare. This slogan might be one of the reasons that many people do not think ‘crime fiction’ when they think of the Asian novel. Shamini […]