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Match Fixer – Neil Humphreys

Match fixing is destroying The Beautiful Game in Asia, and corruption has spread its tentacles into ‘squeaky-clean’ Singapore. Feeding off the insatiable gambling habits of the local population, illegal football betting has made a select few bookies – particularly one named Tiger – very rich and far too powerful.

Against such a backdrop, Chris Osborne, a young handsome striker from the West Ham United academy, arrives on the Singapore football scene. A series of unexpected events at West Ham and Melbourne Victory has seen Chris – once tipped to play for England – end up at an S-League club in a desperate bid to get his faltering career back on track. However, not even a boyhood spent growing up in London’s East End prepares him for the bent bookies, dubious team-mates, the underground party drugs scene and a seductively beautiful journalist that welcome him to life in paradise.


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Inspector Singh Investigates: A Curious Indian Cadaver – Shamini Flint

Inspector Singh is sick of being on sick leave, so when Mrs Singh suggests they attend a family wedding in Mumbai he grudgingly agrees – hoping that the spicy Indian curries will make up for extended exposure to his wife’s relatives

Unfortunately, the beautiful bride-to-be disappears on the eve of her wedding – did she run away to avoid an arranged marriage, or is there something more sinister afoot? When a corpse is found, the fat inspector is soon dragged into a curious murder investigation with very firm instructions from Mrs Singh to exonerate her family. But as he uncovers layer upon layer of decit, he knows it isn’t going to be that easy…

This is the fifth book in the series about the portly, sweating, dishevelled and wheezing Inspector Singh of the Singapore Police Force. The other books are:-

  • Book 1 – Inspector Singh Investigates: A Most Peculiar Malaysian Murder
  • Book 2 – Inspector Singh Investigates: A Bali Conspiracy Most Foul
  • Book 3 – Inspector Singh Investigates: The Singapore School of Villainy
  • Book 4 – Inspector Singh Investigates: A Deadly Cambodian Crime Spree
  • Book 6 – Inspector Singh Investigates: A Calamitous Chinese Killing

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A Thread of Sky – Deanna Fei

When her husband of thirty years is killed, Irene Shen and her three daughters are set adrift. In a desperate attempt to heal her fractured family, Irene plans a tour of mainland China, reuniting three generations of women – her fiercely independent daughters, her distant poet sister, and her formidable eighty-year-old mother. But each woman bears secrets big and small, and just as they begin to reconnect, the most carefully guarded secret of all threatens to tear them apart forever. Depicting a China at once timeless and ever changing, A Thread of Sky is a beautiful written story of love and sacrifice, history and memory, sisterhood and motherhood, and the connections that endure.

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Factory Girls: From Village to City in a Changing China – Leslie T. Chang

An eye-opening and previously untold story, Factory Girls is the first look into the everyday lives of the migrant factory population in China.

China has 130 million migrant workers–the largest migration in human history. In Factory Girls, Leslie T. Chang, a former correspondent for the Wall Street Journal in Beijing, tells the story of these workers primarily through the lives of two young women, whom she follows over the course of three years as they attempt to rise from the assembly lines of Dongguan, an industrial city in China’s Pearl River Delta.

As she tracks their lives, Chang paints a never-before-seen picture of migrant life–a world where nearly everyone is under thirty; where you can lose your boyfriend and your friends with the loss of a mobile phone; where a few computer or English lessons can catapult you into a completely different social class. Chang takes us inside a sneaker factory so large that it has its own hospital, movie theater, and fire department; to posh karaoke bars that are fronts for prostitution; to makeshift English classes where students shave their heads in monklike devotion and sit day after day in front of machines watching English words flash by; and back to a farming village for the Chinese New Year, revealing the poverty and idleness of rural life that drive young girls to leave home in the first place. Throughout this riveting portrait, Chang also interweaves the story of her own family’s migrations, within China and to the West, providing historical and personal frames of reference for her investigation.

A book of global significance that provides new insight into China, Factory Girls demonstrates how the mass movement from rural villages to cities is remaking individual lives and transforming Chinese society, much as immigration to America’s shores remade our own country a century ago.

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Madame Tussaud: A Novel of the French Revolution – Michelle Moran

Paris 1788

Marie is a young woman in love with her oldest friend and neighbour, Henri. But she is also a determined businesswoman, eager to see her family’s waxwork museum keep them safe and solvent.

Her gift for modelling faces in wax brings her to Versailles, where she must teach the king’s sister her skill. But the coming revolution will place Marie, her family and all of Paris in grave danger.

As the monarchy is overthrown and the guillotine becomes a fixture in life, Marie is expected to show her patriotism by making death masks from the severed heads of key figures killed as the Reign of Terror begins and France enters its darkest hour.

How will Marie survive the Revolution? Who will survive it with her? And just how will she come to be known as the woman behind one of the most famous museums in the world?