Singapore Mental Health Film Festival Book Pairings

As part of Ethos Books' A World of Difference Mental Health awareness sale, we are collaborating with the Singapore Mental Health Film Festival 2021. Each film screening is paired with a book that offers another compelling perspective to its thematic concerns.

Enjoy 15% off these titles (1 May, 12PM SGT to 31 May, 11.59PM SGT)!


Film and book pairings
Sorry we missed you 
This Is What Inequality Looks Like

 This national bestseller by Teo You Yenn poses the following questions: What is poverty? What is inequality? How are they connected? How are they reproduced? How might they be overcome? Why should we try? This is a book about how seeing poverty entails confronting inequality. It is about how acknowledging poverty and inequality leads to uncomfortable revelations about our society and ourselves. 

Land of Not Knowing 
Loss Adjustment

Loss Adjustment is a mother’s recount of her 17-year-old daughter’s suicide.
In the wake of Victoria McLeod’s passing, she left behind a remarkable journal in her laptop of the final four months of her life. Linda Collins, her mother, has woven these into her memoir, which is at once cohesive, yet fragmented, reflecting a survivor's state of mind after devastating loss.

Those Who Work 
In This Desert, There Were Seeds

In This Desert, There Were Seeds is an intimate collection of past and future dreams, featuring exciting new and established literary voices from Western Australia and Singapore. From our shifting sense of community and identity, to our frustrations with existing political, social and economic structures—this anthology transcends boundaries and captures the persistence of ordinary lives in deserts literal and metaphorical.

Happiness (幸運是我) 
The Sound of SCH: A Mental Breakdown, A Life Journey

This Singapore Literature Prize Winner (Non-fiction, 2016) is the true story of a journey with mental illness, beautifully told by Danielle Lim from a time when she grew up witnessing her uncle's untold struggle with a crippling mental and social disease, and her mother's difficult role as caregiver.  

Little Tickles (Les Chatouilles) 
Growing Up Perempuan

Growing up as a woman is hard. Growing up as a woman in the Muslim community is harder. Growing Up Perempuan is a collection of stories written by women, for women. This book offers stories of love and loss, strength and endurance, confidence and couragestories that inspire and empower. 


Ordinary Stories in an Extraordinary World

Ordinary Stories in an Extraordinary World by Aqilah Teo tells the stories of a boy with autism living in a world he views in his own, special way. His take on the routines of daily life would seem, to most people, a plunge into an extraordinary world of the unexpected and inexplicable. 
Eva Nova 
Children of Las Vegas

Award-winning author Timothy O’Grady lived and taught in Las Vegas for two years, and in a class he was teaching, his students began to speak of what it was like to grow up in the world’s playground. Children of Las Vegas is a collection of ten of their stories, interspersed with short essays about the city by Timothy, and portraits by highly acclaimed photographer Steve Pyke.


     See SMHFF2021's full programme of films, panels and workshops 

    Other recommendations you might like to read

    • Passages: Stories of Unspoken Journeys edited by Yong Shu Hoong
    • a tiny space by fifi coo & family
    • The Magic Circle by Charmaine Chan
    • Open: A Boy's Wayang Adventure by Eva Wong Nava
    • A Place for us by Cassandra Chiu
    • A Philosopher's Madness by Chan Lishan


    View the entire collection for A World of Difference Mental Health awareness sale here (15% off all titles).