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  • Paperback: 744 pages
  • Publisher: Marshall Cavendish International (Asia) Pte Ltd; Omnibus ed edition (28 Feb 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9812616616
  • ISBN-13: 978-9812616616
  • Product Dimensions: 14.5 x 3.9 x 20.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 634,795 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Neil Humphreys was raised in a Dagenham council house and somehow became one of Asia's best-selling authors. After moving to Singapore because he thought it was near China, his books - Notes from an Even Smaller Island (2001), Scribbles from the Same Island (2003), and Final Notes from a Great Island: A Farewell Tour of Singapore (2006), and the omnibus Complete Notes from Singapore (2007) - are among the most popular titles in the past decade and considered must-reads (by his mother). His fifth book, Be My Baby, (2008) chronicled his journey to parenthood and was his first international best-seller. Humphreys then penned two satirical novels about the Beautiful Game - Match Fixer (2010) and Premier Leech (2011). They were critically acclaimed in the UK, but terrified loan sharks in Asia. Both books were best-sellers. Premier Leech was recently selected as the FourFourTwo Football Novel of the Year in the UK. Humphreys is most proud that three of his childhood heroes - Ken Loach, Jimmy McGovern and Tony Cottee - all said nice things about Premier Leech. His latest travel/humour title, Return to a Sexy Island: Notes from a New Singapore, is released in June 2012. He currently lives in Singapore with his family and hopes his daughter will learn conversational Mandarin so she can teach her Dad.

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Final Notes from a Great Island: Neil Humphreys gives readers a wonderful inside look at Singapore from an outsider's point of view. And it's written in an honest and humorous way. As soon as I started reading, it felt like I was in Singapore and actually visiting the places Humphreys talks about. He describes the people, places and the city in such vivid detail. --Galaxie Magazine, Malaysia

Scribbles from the Same Island: Some of his observations are so bitingly spot-on, you dont know whether to laugh or just hit him over the head. --Her World, Singapore

Notes from an even Smaller Island: The book presents a warts- and- all view of the city state and celebrates many of the things most often criticised. --BBC World

About the Author

In 1996, Neil Humphreys turned down a chance to become Dagenham s answer to Nick Leeson. The young Brit rejected a London stockbroker s lucrative offer to train as a floor trader and decided to travel the world instead. He ended up in Singapore and settled in Toa Payoh. By 2001, he was one of the country s best-selling authors. His first book, Notes from an even Smaller Island, became an immediate best-seller and travelled across Southeast Asia, Australia and Britain. The book appeared on the Singapore best-seller list for over four years. BBC World said it was a warts and all view of the city-state and celebrates many of the things most often criticised. Humphreys travelling companion, Scott, said it was a load of bollocks . In 2003, his second book, Scribbles from the Same Island, a compilation of his popular humour columns in WEEKEND TODAY, was launched in Singapore and Malaysia and also became an immediate best-seller. In 2006, Final Notes from a Great Island: A Farewell Tour of Singapore completed the trilogy. The book went straight to No.1 and decided to stay there for a few months. Having run out of ways to squeeze island into a book title, Humphreys moved to Geelong, Australia. He now writes for several magazines and newspapers in Singapore and Australia and spends his weekends happily looking for echidnas and platypuses. But he still really misses roti prata.

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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Carno Polo on 19 Jan 2013
Format: Paperback
There is much that is interesting in this collection of three books. The author tells us about his personal adventures and misadventures in Singapore, where he lived for some ten years. The value added of this book is that one learns much about real life in Singapore that is not normally visible to tourists. Or at least about Neil's life in the country. He does speak a bit too much about himself at times. I would have appreciated it more if he had devoted less attention to himself and more to the country and its people. Yes, it is an autobiographical book, but still.

The three books could have been shorter and convey the same information. Yes he writes well and it is at times a real pleasure to read him, but still I felt more succint descriptions would have kept me more alert throughout the book.

I also found irritating that he kept comparing what he saw and whom he met in Singapore to his home in Dagenham, England. OK once or twice it could have been funny. But Dagenham appears over and over and over again: who cares :)! He gets a bit repetitive with other stuff too, like his land-lady walking around the apartment bare boobed. Again, yes it's funny, but even big bare boobs can get boring if you keep writing about the same anecdote all the time.

Of the three books, I think the first is the best. The second is second best (just re-issue of columns he wrote for a local paper) and the third the author probably wrote just because he became famous and was sure to sell.

I bought the kindle book with all three, but if you buy the paperback I'd say the first is enough, at least to start with, then you can decide if you want more.
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Singapore through the eyes of one very funny englishman 29 Jan 2013
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As a true blue Singaporean, I must say this omnibus is a real gem. His candid and witty or even unwittingly funny observations of Singapore and its quirky inhabitants / government is really spot on and enables us to laugh at ourselves. It's really interesting to see how Singapore is perceived through the eyes of one very funny englishman; one can only wonder about the reverse situation - how the UK is perceived through the eyes of a Singaporean? I'm still waiting for someone to write such a book. After all, the UK and Singapore do share a special relationship: Singapore was once not just a crown colony but the "Gibraltar of the east and bastion of the British empire".
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