Selina Siak, former Fellow, publishes debut novel

Selina Siak, former Fellow, publishes debut novel

Selina Siak, an Atlas Research Fellow at St Catherine’s in 1989, has published her first novel The Woman who Breathed Two Worlds (AmazonCrossing, 2016). The book tells the story of Chye Hoon, a rebellious young girl who must learn to embrace her mixed Malayan-Chinese identity as a Nyonya—and her destiny as a cook, rather than following her first dream of attending school like her brother. It has already received positive reviews, rating 4.6 out of 5 on Amazon's US website. It has also been included in Goodreads best book of the month list for November 2016.

Commenting on the publication of her novel, Selina said "I began writing seriously while recovering from chemotherapy in 2010 – writing saved my life. It took me two years to complete the writing of this work, another year to secure an agent, who subsequently sold my novel to an American publisher".

"The genre is historical fiction, the setting British Malaya, the protagonist a feisty woman who eventually starts a business. Family, education and identity are key themes. There’s a lot about Malaya in it and also plenty of food!"

You can order The Woman who Breathed Two Worlds from Amazon.