ABOUT THE BOOK/
In this thoughtful and vivid novel of a teacher reminiscing on his teaching days at a neighbourhood school in the 1970s, the unnamed protagonist ponders on the essence of education in our schools: how does it prepare students for life? What is the role of a teacher after school hours? And what happens after one drops out/finishes schooling?
From the endearing student characters of Kim Huat, Ah Beng and Mui Hoong to the colourful personalities in the staffroom, Shakespeare Can Wait plunges you into the daily, but certainly not mundane, life of a school in a working-class hamlet. At the heart of the novel, it is about a teacher who never stopped being one.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
David Leo is an accomplished writer with 11 books to his name. Three of his books have won accolades from the Publishers Prize (1993 for Ah … The Fragrance of Durians & Other Stories) and the Singapore Literature Prize (1994 for The Sins of the Father and in 1995 for Wives, Lovers and Other Women). Several of his short stories have been adapted and staged in Mandarin and English by various theatre groups.
A compulsive writer who derives intense pleasure from thinking about stories and poems in his every spare moment, David Leo is never short of inspiration. His prose is sincere, engaging and always with a hint of nostalgia.
Leo can be reached firstname.lastname@example.org