"What better way to discover Singapore than to walk across it? In this splendid book, Walton serves up riches of the island's history, geography, economics, and, most of all, serendipity." Tyler Cowen, economist, Singapore guru, and author of The Complacent Class and Average Is Over


"A rare jewel of a book--enchanting, illuminating and at times bloody funny. Much more than a travelogue or history, this is the story of a grand adventure, told in the tradition of Conrad with the eye of Theroux and the wit of Bryson. Brilliant." James Brabazon, journalist, documentary filmmaker and author of The Break Line


"Walton vividly traces the roots of Singapore's miraculous emergence as a global economic hub, warning that its past successes may blind it to the need to evolve in tune with a rapidly changing world. This fascinating book is an evocative guide to the past and future of a remarkable country." Alex Beard, author of Natural Born Learners


"When Nicholas Walton moved with his family to Singapore, he began a voyage of discovery into the history of the city-state. Join him on his journey across the length and breadth of the island, from the fourteenth century to the present day." Mark Leonard, Director of the European Council on Foreign Relations