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Singapore, July 7, 2022 – The Singapore Book Publishers Association (SBPA), representing local and international publishing companies based in Singapore, officially announced the finalists for the Singapore Book Awards 2022 in the following categories:

  • Best Magazine Title (New)
  • Best Custom Publishing (New)
  • Best Professional Title (New)
  • Best Audiobook
  • Best Illustrated Non-Fiction Title
  • Best Literary Work
  • Best Young Persons Title (7-18 years old)
  • Best Educational Title
  • Best Picture Book (5-7 years old)
  • Best Non-Fiction Title
  • Best Book Cover Design

42 of the best fiction and non-fiction titles by local and international publishing firms in Singapore were shortlisted. These 42 titles cover multiple genres such as autobiography and biography, creative non-fiction, graphic novels, Singapore history, local community history, local heritage cuisine, textbooks and supplementary educational titles. The Singapore Book Awards finalists will be announced in a live stream on Thursday, July 7, 2022, on SBPA’s Facebook page.

The winners of the award categories listed above, together with those of the Readers’ Choice Award and the 2022 Book of the Year, will be announced during the physical Singapore Book Awards ceremony which will be held in the evening of Thursday, on September 22, 2022. Shortlisted publishers will be attending the awards ceremony which includes a gala dinner at The Fullerton Hotel. The awards ceremony will be live-streamed on the SBPA and ASEAN Book Publishers Association (ABPA)’s Facebook pages and YouTube channel, allowing viewers to participate in the event virtually. This phygital event is sponsored by CLASS, Lazada, Markono Print Media, Rakuten Kobo, Storytel Singapore and Silversea Media; it is also supported by the Info-communications and Media Development Authority (IMDA), National Library Board (NLB) and the Singapore Book Council.

Following the announcement, a showcase of the Book Awards finalists will be streamed from Friday, July 8 to Tuesday, 19 July on SBPA’s Facebook page and YouTube Channel. 

Here are the finalists for the Singapore Book Awards 2022

1.  Best Magazine Title

  • Expat Living Singapore
  • BBC Earth Magazine
  • Present Perfect: The Survival Issue

2.  Best Custom Publishing

  • SCO: Hidden Gems
  • Mapping the World: Perspectives from Asian Cartography
  • The Covid-19 Chronicles: Singapore’s Journey from Pandemia to Peri-Pandemic Limbo

3.  Best Professional Title

  • Super Scaling: Systemise, Break Free, and Skyrocket Your Business to Millions
  • Data Privacy and Cybersecurity Law: Risks and Mitigation
  • Regulation of Fintech in Asia-Pacific
  • Engaging Millennials: 7 Fundamental Ways to Recruit, Reward & Retain the Largest Generation in the Workforce

4.  Best Audiobook

  • Sacred Guardians: The Audio Drama
  • Harris bin Potter and the Stoned Philosopher
  • Larger Than Life
  • Timothy and the Phubbers

5.  Best Illustrated Non-Fiction Title 

  • Activist Architecture: Thoughts on Asian Architectural Education
  • Diard and Duvaucel: French Natural History Drawings of Singapore and Southeast Asia (1818-1820)
  • The Food of Singapore Malays: Gastronomic Travels through the Archipelago

6.  Best Literary Work

  • The Formidable Miss Cassidy
  • Persephone’s Choice
  • The Arches of Gerrard Street

7.  Best Young Persons Title (7 – 18 years old)

  • Awesome Women of Singapore
  • Sherlock Sam and the Digital Detectives on Instanoodlegram
  • Mistbound: How to Glue Back Grandpa

8.  Best Educational Title

  • think! Mathematics 3A and 3B
  • Social Studies Primary 4A
  • 21 Impossible Things: Quantum Physics and Relativity for Everyone
  • Your Adventures at CERN: Play the Hero Among Particles and a Particular Dinosaur!

9.  Best Picture Book (5 – 7 years old)

  • Goodnight, Baby Ocean Animals
  • Mr Roll Finds New Life
  • Ubin Elephant

10. Best Non-Fiction Title

  • Winston Choo: A Soldier at Heart
  • Culture City. City Scape.
  • Seaways and Gatekeepers: Trade and State in the Eastern Archipelagos of Southeast Asia, c. 1600 – c. 1906
  • Beyond Storms and Stars: A Memoir
  • America: A Singapore Perspective
  • A History of Money in Singapore
  • Soul of Ink: Lim Tze Peng at 100

11. Best Book Cover Design

  • A Drip. A Drop. A Deluge: A Period Tragicomedy
  • Bold Vision: The Untold Story of Singapore’s Reserves and Sovereign Wealth Fund
  • The Punkhawala and the Prostitute
  • Mr Goodchild

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The Singapore Book Publishers Association (SBPA) will announce the 2022 Singapore Book Awards winners at the 2022 Book Awards Ceremony.

2022 Book Awards Ceremony will be hosted as a high-profile gala event at the Fullerton Hotel, one of Singapore’s most iconic buildings. This awards ceremony will invite 150 industry figures and important stakeholders to attend. It will be a hybrid event reaching out beyond the live audience. It will be held on Thursday 22 September 2022, from 7.00 pm to 9.00 pm at the Hotel Ballroom.

To be part of the celebration, book your seats now! Closing date: 1 August 2022. Email: cecilia@singaporebookpublishers.sg

 

 

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Cost per seat

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Half Table (4 seats)

$510.00

$570.00

One table (8 seats)

$970.00

$1,080.00

 

 

 


About the Singapore Book Awards

The Singapore Book Awards is organised by the SBPA annually to recognise the best in Singapore book publishing. The first book awards was introduced in 2012. The awards are given to publishers for their best books, and are open to all book publishing companies in Singapore.

Books considered for the Singapore Book Awards 2022 must:

i) Be published in one of the four official languages of Singapore.
ii) Have a Singapore ISBN number, and hard copies must be legally deposited with the National Library Board.
iii) Books that are sold in print must be sold in retail stores locally and/or overseas.
iv)
For the 2022 Awards, books must be published in Singapore from 1 January 2021 to 31 December 2021.

Translated works (from a foreign language to a Singapore official language) are also acceptable, provided that they meet the above criteria.

Click the links below to refer to the rules and category guidelines:

Eligibility Rules

Category Guidelines

The deadline for submissions has closed. Please contact the Secretariat at info@singaporebookpublishers.sg for assistance. 

 

Book Awards 2021

The 2021 Singapore Book Awards Ceremony was successfully held as a hybrid event at the Auditorium in Jurong Town Hall and live-streamed at SBPA's Facebook Page and YouTube Channel on Friday 24 September

The winners of each category and Book of the Year were selected by a panel of judges comprising key industry personalities in Singapore known for their publishing, literary and media expertise. The winners, selected from 38 finalists in nine categories, cover multiple genres including autobiography and biography, creative non-fiction, graphic novels, Singapore history, local community history, local heritage cuisine, textbooks and supplementary educational titles.

The 2021 Book Awards also saw the introduction of the winners of the new Best Hybrid Book and Readers' Choice Award as well as Honorary Mentions for the Best Book Cover Design, Best Hybrid Book and the Book of the Year category. 

 

The Book Awards 2021 winning titles are:

Best Audiobook


 

Publisher: Storytel Singapore

Narrator: Joshua Lim

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Best Book Cover Design

     

 

Publisher: Focus Publishing

Designers: Tony Law and Fish Chan

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Best Education Title

Publisher: World Scientific Publishing Co.

Author: Lisa Harvey-Smith

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Best Hybrid Book

Publisher: State Courts

Project Management: Redbean De 

Author: The Nutgraf LLP

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Best Illustrated Non-Fiction Title

Publisher: Epigram Books

Author: Denise Fletcher

Designer: Jael Ng

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Best Literary Work

 

Publisher: Penguin Random House SEA

Author: Danielle Lim

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Best Non-Fiction Title

Publisher: NUS Press

Author: Herman Ronald Hochstadt

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Best Picture Book

Publisher: Marshall Cavendish International (Asia)

Author: Evelyn Bookless

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Illustrator: Danny Deeptown

Best Young Persons Title

 

Publisher: Epigram Books

Author: A.J. Low

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Readers' Choice

     

 

Publisher: Shing Lee Publishers

Authors: Dr Joseph B.W. Yeo, Dr Choy Ban Heng, Teh Keng Seng, Wong Lai Fong and Sharon Lee

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Book of the Year

Publisher: Penguin Random House SEA

Author: Danielle Lim

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Best Book Cover Design (Honorary Mention)

 

Publisher: Epigram Books

Designer: Yong Wen Yeu

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Best Hybrid Book (Honorary Mention)

 

Publisher: Tusitala

Author: Eric WK Ng and matte Pte Ltd

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Book of the Year (Honorary Mention)

Publisher: Epigram Books

Author: Denise Fletcher

Designer: Jael Ng

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Book Awards 2020

(Then-SBPA President Mr Peter Schoppert presenting his opening remarks for the virtual 2020 Book Awards Ceremony on 13 August.)

The 2020 Singapore Book Awards Ceremony was successfully held online on Thursday 13 August at SBPA's Facebook Page and YouTube Channel

The winners of each category and Book of the Year were selected by a panel of judges comprising key industry personalities in Singapore known for their publishing, literary and media expertise. The winners, selected from 46 finalists in ten categories, cover multiple genres including architecture history, autobiography and biography, creative non-fiction, manga, graphic novels, Singapore history, local community history, local heritage cuisine, textbooks and supplementary education titles.

The 2020 Book Awards saw the introduction of the winners of the new award categories Best Audiobook Title, Best Digital Marketing Campaign and Best E-Book Title, as well as Special Mention for the Best E-Book Title and a Honorary Mention for the Book of the Year category. 

 

The Book Awards 2020 winning titles are:

 

Best Audiobook Title


 

Publisher: Pustaka Nasional

Narrator: Erul Samah

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Best Book Cover Design

     

 

Publisher: Epigram Books

Designer: Liak Yuan Ying

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Best Digital Marketing Campaign

Publisher: Storytel Singapore

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Best E-Book Title

Publisher: Shing Lee Publishers 

Authors: Dr Joseph B.W. Yeo, Dr Choy Ban Heng, Teh Keng Seng, Wong Lai Fong and Sharon Lee

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Best Education Title

Publisher: World Scientific Publishing Co

Authors: Paul Knoepfler and Julie Knoepfler

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Best Illustrated Non-Fiction Title

 

Publisher: Epigram Books

Author: Christopher Tan

Designer: Marco Salazar

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Best Literary Work

Publisher: Penguin Random House SEA

Author: Laksmi Pamuntjak

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Best Middle Grade/Young Adult Title

Publisher: Armour Publishing

Author: Eunice Li-Tan

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Best Non-Fiction Title

 

Publisher: Epigram Books

Author: Liyana Dhamirah

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Best Picture Book

     

 

Publisher: Marshall Cavendish International (Asia)

Author: Pippa Chorley

Illustrator: Danny Deeptown

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Book of the Year

Publisher: Epigram Books

Author: Christopher Tan

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Best E-Book Title (Special Mention)

Publisher: Pustaka Nasional

For the Adept Use of Technology in Creating Bilingual Resources

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Book of the Year (Honorary Mention)

 

Publisher: Ethos Books

Author: Linda Collins

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Book Awards 2019 

(The 2019 Awards winners posing with then-SBPA President Mr Peter Schoppert [third from left].)

The 2019 Singapore Book Awards Ceremony was successfully held on Wednesday, 2 October 2019 at the Pavilion in the Conrad Centennial Singapore Hotel. 

The winners of each category and Book of the Year were selected by a panel of judges comprising key industry personalities in Singapore known for their publishing, literary and media expertise. The winners, selected from a shortlist of 36 finalists in seven categories, cover multiple genres including architecture, biography, history, drama, and supplementary educational titles. 

 

The Book Awards 2019 winning titles are:                            

                                                            

Best Literary Work

Lion City

 

Publisher: Epigram Books

Author: Ng Yi-Sheng

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Best Non-Fiction Title

 Flying Sleeves - The Granduer of Chinese Opera    

 

Publisher: SimplyGreen

Author: Dr Chua Ee Kiam

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Best Education Title

The First of Everything

Publisher: World Scientific Publishing Co

Author: Nury Vittachi

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Best Middle Grade/Young Adult Title

Publisher: Marshall Cavendish International (Asia)

Author: Josephine Chia

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Best Children’s Picture Book

The Incredible Basket

 

Publisher: Epigram Books

Author: Quek Hong Shin 

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Best Illustrated Non-Fiction Title

 

Publisher: Marshall Cavendish and National Library Board

Editors: Text (Various), Images by National Library Board  

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Best Book Cover Design

The Minorities

Publisher: Epigram Books

Designer: Chee Jia Yi

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Book of the Year

The Naysayer Book Club

Publisher: Epigram Books

Authors: Simon Vincent

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Book Awards 2018     

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(The award winners of 2018 Book Awards with Mr Baey Yam Keng, then-Senior Parliamentary Secretary (Culture, Community and Youth and Transport) [fifth from left] and then-SBPA President Mr Peter Schoppert [first from right].) 

The 2018 Singapore Book Awards Ceremony was successfully held on Friday 21 September at the Arts House. 

The winners of each category and Book of the Year were selected by a panel of judges comprising key industry personalities in Singapore known for their publishing, literary and media expertise. The winners, selected from a shortlist of 31 finalists in seven categories, cover multiple genres including architecture, biography, history, drama, and supplementary educational titles. 

 

The Book Awards 2018 winning titles are:                            

                                                            

Best Fiction Title

The Gatekeeper

 

Publisher: Epigram Books

Author: Nuraliah Norasid

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Best Non-Fiction Title

 Stranger to Myself    

 

Publisher: Landmark Books

Author: MD Sharif Uddin

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Best Education Title

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Publisher: Straits Times Press

Author: Straits Times Schools Team Writers

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Best Middle Grade/Young Adult Title

Understanding Singaporeans-ChineseUnderstanding Singaporeans-Malay

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Publisher: Epigram Books

Author: Edmund Wee

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Best Children’s Picture Book

The First Journey

 

Publisher: Scholastic Asia

Author: Phung Nguyen Quang and Huynh Kim Lien 

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Best Illustrated Non-Fiction Title

Tomas Saraceno

 

Publisher: NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore

Editors: Ute Meta Bauer and Anca Rujoiu  

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Best Book Cover Design

The Gatekeeper

Publisher: Epigram Books

Designer: Yong Wen Yeu

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Book of the Year

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Publisher: Landmark Books

Authors: Robert Kuok with Andrew Tanzer

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Book Awards 2017

(Then-SBPA President Mr Peter Schoppert presenting the Book of the Year 2017 prize to Mr Chuan Yeo and Mr Lai Chee-Kien, co-authors of the 2017 Book of the Year. Co-author Mr Koh Hong Teng was not present.)

The 2017 Singapore Book Awards Ceremony was successfully held on 28 March at the Pan Pacific Hotel. The winners of each category and Book of the Year were selected by a panel of judges comprising key industry personalities in Singapore known for their publishing, literary and media expertise. The winners, selected from a shortlist of 39 finalists in seven categories, cover multiple genres including architecture, biography, history, drama, and supplementary educational titles.

 

The Book Awards 2017 winning titles are:

Best Fiction Title

Now That It’s Over

 

Publisher: Epigram Books

Author: O Thiam Chin

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Best Non-Fiction Title

 

Publisher: Straits Times Press

Author: Susan Sim

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Best Education Title

Publisher: Marshall Cavendish Education

Author: Shi Bin

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Best Middle Grade/Young Adult Title

Mount Emily Revisited

 

Publisher: Epigram Books

Author: Low Ying Ping

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Best Children’s Picture Book

 

Publisher: Marshall Cavendish International (Asia)

Author: Michael Wang & Neal Sharp

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Best Illustrated Non-Fiction Title

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Publisher: Achates 360

Authors: Lai Chee Kien, Koh Hong Teng & Chuan Yeo

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Best Book Cover Design

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Publisher: Global Publishing

Designer: Danny Yeo Chin Wei

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Book of the Year

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Publisher: Achates 360

Authors: Lai Chee Kien, Koh Hong Teng & Chuan Yeo

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Book Awards 2016

(Then-SBPA President Mr Peter Schoppert presenting the Book of the Year 2016 prize to Mr Edmund Wee, CEO and Publisher of Epigram Books.)

The Singapore Book Publishers Association (SBPA) relaunched the Book Awards in 2016. The winners of the 2016 Singapore Book Awards were announced on 11 May 2016, at a gala dinner in Hotel Rendezvous Singapore. There were eight categories for the 2016 Awards, up from six categories in 2012, to take into account the growth and development of the publishing industry during this period.

 

The Book Awards 2016 winning titles are:

 

Best Fiction Title

 

Publisher: Epigram Books

Author: Amanda Lee Koe

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Best Non-Fiction Title

 

 

 

Publisher: National Library Board and Editions Dider Millet

Author: Dr Lai Chee Kien

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Best Education Title

 

Publisher: Star Publishing

Author: Curriculum Planning and Development Division, Ministry of Education

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Best Young Adult's Title

Publisher: Epigram Books

Author: Chew Chia Shao Wei

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Best Children's Title

 

Publisher: Lingzi Media

Author: Lee Kow Fong

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Best Digital Work

 

Publisher: Candid Creation

Author: Liow Yuting

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Best Book Cover Design

 

Publisher: Epigram Books

Designer: Sonny Liew

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Book of the Year

Publisher: Epigram Books

Author: Sonny Liew

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Book Awards 2012

(Then-SBPA President Ms Triena Ong (fourth from left) posing with the judges and winners of the inaugural 2012 Publishing Awards.)

The Singapore Book Publishers Association (SBPA) started the inaugural Publishing Awards in 2012. There were five award categories for the 2012 Awards.

 

The Book Awards 2012 winning titles are:

 

Best Cover Design

 

Publisher: Monsoon Books

Author: Nigel Barley

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Best Debut Work

 

 

Publisher: Monsoon Books

Author: Barbara Ismail

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Best Non-Fiction Title

 

Publisher: Editions Didier Millet

Author: S. R. Nathan

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Best Novel

Publisher: Marshall Cavendish International (Asia)

Author: Sunil Nair

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Best Retail

 

Retailer: Prologue @ ION Orchard

Promotion: Annual Teach Yourself Promotion

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