Claire Tham

At the age of seventeen, Claire Tham won two second prizes in the 1984 National Short Story Writing Competition for “Homecoming” and “Fascist Rock.” Her debut collection, Fascist Rock: Stories of Rebellion (1990), secured the National Book Development Council of Singapore Commendation Award (Fiction) in 1992. Saving the Rainforest and Other Stories (1993) won a Highly Commended Award (Fiction) from NBDCS in 1995. She has also collected two Golden Point Awards, in 1999 and 2001, for her stories, The Gunpowder Trail and Driving Sideways. “Lee” (from Fascist Rock), was adapted for television on MediaCorp’s Alter Asians, while the title story from Tham’s third collection, The Gunpowder Trail and Other Stories (2003) has been adapted for the stage. Tham read Law at Oxford. She is currently a partner at a law firm in Singapore.

Books by Claire Tham


A young female Chinese national drowns in a private swimming pool in a wealthy enclave on a resort island just off the Singapore mainland. The house where she is found belongs to one of the wealthiest property developers in Singapore. The ripple effects on everyone affected by the incident – the investigating officer, the homeowner and his nephew, the girl’s family – are examined from their point of view. Based loosely on a true incident, The Inlet explores the social and cultural changes that have washed over Singapore society in recent years. 

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