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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT SINGAPORE BOOK OF RECORDS


Most Prolifi c Tamil Writer


Jamaludeen Mohamed Sali arrived in Singa- pore from India in 1964. He has written 400 short stories, 80 plays and 30 novels. He has also published more than 45 books in Tamil as well as in other translations.


First Author With A Million Books Sold


Singaporean author Tham Yew Chin - better known to her readers by her pen name, You Jin, has written 140 books, mostly novels and travelogues. At least 60 of them were published in Singapore, and the rest in China and Taiwan. More than a million copies of her works were sold in China. Her fi rst book was A Glimpse Of Society, a collection of special features she had written for Nanyang Siang Pau and published in 1978. In 1994, A Critical Biography of You Jin by Prof Wang Chunyu from Hainan University, was published in China.


Best Selling Local Series By A Team Of Writers


True Singapore Ghost Stories by Russell Lee and his team of ghost writers is the all-time best-selling local book series. All 20 books in the series sold over a million copies in total to date.


Best Selling Local Series By A Single Author


Mr Midnight is a children’s horror series written by Jim Aitchison under the pseudonym of James Lee. 66 books in the series have been published with over 2 million copies sold to date. It has been translated into Burmese, Malay, Indone- sian, Chinese, Thai and Vietnamese.


Book Endorsed By Most Doctors Worldwide


Yvonne Lee wrote To All Women Who Want To Enhance Their Breasts Naturally, which was pub- lished in 2005. The book has the endorsements of 100 doctors worldwide.


First Handwritten Bibles


60,000 participants from 45 local churches contributed to an international Bible writing project called ‘Peoples of the World Inscribe the Bible’. The project, coordinated locally by the Bible Society of Singapore from Nov 2006 to Dec 2008, had participants inscribing two full Bibles in English, two in Mandarin and two New Testaments in English and Tamil respectively. The handwritten Bibles, totaling 132,380 verses, were fi nally displayed in the House of Bibles in Jerusalem.


First Children’s Storybook On CD-Rom


Launched in 1994, Willy Wabbit & His Magical Books was the fi rst-ever Singapore-made children’s animated storybook on CD-Rom. It was produced by SEC, a software education organi- sation and catered to four and fi ve-year-olds.


First Locally Published E-Book


Goh Sin Tub’s One Singapore: 65 More Stories was made available for download to PCs and Palm handheld devices in 2000. It was published by SNP Corporation.


Longest Surviving Chinese Literary Publication


Singapore Literature, which is published by the Singapore Literature Society since Jan 1976, is the longest surviving publication on Chinese literature in Singapore.


Most Editions Of A Single Book On Display


Taoist Federation (Singapore) and Fung Ying Seen Koon (Hong Kong) displayed 305 editions of Lao Zi’s Dao De Jing in 36 languages at Suntec City on 4-9 Sep 2008.


First ‘Gazetted’ Magazine


On 8 Sep 1986, the Asian edition of Time magazine was gazetted for publishing an article critical of the government. A letter from the Prime Minister’s Offi ce, written in response to the article, was not fully printed until October. The government cut circulation of the magazine by 50 percent, deeming it to be engaging in domestic politics. Full circulation was restored nine months later.


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