Our literary scene is stronger than ever, thanks to increased efforts by local art festivals and book publishers to promote local writers, poets and literary artists. There’s the annual Singapore Writer’s Festival, the Singlit Station#BuySingLit movement and LocalBooks.sg, which focuses on Singaporean titles, to name a few.

If you’re not in on the action yet, why not get your nose stuck in the pages of books by these homegrown authors this National Day? They are equal parts fascinating, intriguing and relatable, and are as good, if not better, than some international works. Most of all, they will make you view your familiar environment and life in a different light.

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