Books Saved My Life

Books Saved My Life

It was 1974. I was a first-year student in the Faculty of Dentistry in the then University of Singapore. My residential hall, KE Hall, had a small library and I was there trying to study for upcoming exams. In a moment of boredom, I decided to check out the collection...
Granddad

Granddad

Last Friday, January 18th, I became a grandfather. I was in Singapore. Austin Tan arrived in Melbourne. I heard the news. I saw the pics. I can’t wait to carry him, to kiss him, to smell him, like my dad carried me, and kissed me and smelled me when I was a baby. It’s...
A Tiring Year

A Tiring Year

These few days I have been sleeping earlier than I usually do and waking up later than I usually do. I am tired. It has been a demanding year for a number of reasons. First, the volume of work has risen considerably. We have had many more interesting manuscripts to...