Forgotten Names Recalled: The Singapore Cenotaph Project


Not the end of the world, not even a major event but a curious incident that is the process of playing out.

Strange, if not impossible, though it seems the ISBN for our paperback book cannot be accepted on Amazon because it is exactly the same number as an EAN for a T-shirt. This should not happen. Billions of numbers are available, it's thirteen digits after all, 9789810910082, so do the maths. What's it all about? No idea. I've contacted the National Library Board in Singapore, who dish out the ISBNs, and left it with them to find out what's going on. Probably the T-shirt vendor on Amazon transposed some digits. I'm hoping that's what it is. Curious, though.

Meantime the ebook is available on, the niche publisher's best friend with the best return on sales. Don't get me started on what Amazon's returns are. I've already had a belly-full of Amazon today. 

We'll be using Lulu to produce a print-on-demand book. In production right now.

Something makes me feel I'm writing all this to the ether and no one reads it. Thank goodness this is the seventh lunar month in the Chinese calendar, Hungry Ghosts month in Singapore. They burn paper iPads and laptops nowadays by way of offerings, along with paper clothes, shoes, houses, cars and hell bank notes. It's all in aid of those spirits who have no offerings made to them from this earthly realm. The forgotten. Maybe there are some readers after all!

Rosemary Lim