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Jonathan Lee

A fellow lawyer was arrested and interrogated for writing anti-establishment articles in a catholic newspaper. That prompted me to write my first short story (A Dinosaur and a Cockroach). It won a prize in a short story writing competition where it was described as a political parody. Since then, I have written about polygamy vs monogamy (A King's Madness), marital infidelity (Sex, Lies & Videotape), etc. Most recently, I have written 2 novels ((1) Escape to Temasek, (2) Fall of Singapura) set in the 14th century to debunk the idea that Singapore has no history. Writing these 2 novels has been a satisfying journey. They are the culmination of 5 years of research, research which convinced me that the history that we learn in our schools have been sanitised and modified over the centuries. And our real history is so much more dramatic, heart wrenching, and ultimately, more inspiring than what has been recorded to-date.  It has shown me that the real joy in history is not putting to memory what has been recorded by others, the real joy is in investigating and re-discovering the history that has been hidden by others. I hope that through thiese 2 novels, readers will discover this joy too.

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A Note From Jonathan Lee

Some readers are captivated by my novel Escape to Temasek up to the point where our Princess gets married. Then they feel discouraged and lose interest because this novel does not fit the usual boy-meet-girl, boy-falls-in-love-with-girl, boy-quarrel-with-girl, boy-gets-girl, they-live-happily-ever-after trajectory. But real life is not so ideal. Real life is messy. And sometimes the lesson we need to learn is that what attracts us in our youth, is not always the best choice for our life, and what we pass over in our youth, may be what we need for lasting happiness. So, this novel teaches us this lesson. Our Princess' life turns topsy turvy. Should she follow her heart? Or her head? Or should she listen to that small still voice that is her subconscious? Should she marry the person she loves? Or the person who loves her? And finally is her happiness defined by whom she marries? Or defined by what she achieves in life? This novel suggests that real happiness is when you achieve something worthwhile for yourself. That is when you love yourself, not because you are selfish, but because you are selfless.

 
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Current Releases
Princes Mei Li from Ming Dynasty is sent to marry the King of Palembang. She thought she was marrying the young dashing King of Temasek. When she discovers her error, will she bow to the wishes of her King? Or will she run away to find her love? Thus...
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Escape to Temasek
War is coming to Temasek. Princess Mei Li and her Prince have to try all ways to avert the war. But try as they may, the palace intrigue, tussle over bloodlines, love and betrayal all works against them in a march towards self-annihilation, that ulti...
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Fall of Singapura

A Peek Into the Life of Jonathan Lee

Water Lily, Home

Water Lily, Home
Open Sesame, Trowulan, Indonesia

Open Sesame, Trowulan, Indonesia
Cowboy hat, Malacca, Malaysia

Cowboy hat, Malacca, Malaysia
Sun worship, Ayutthaya, Thailand

Sun worship, Ayutthaya, Thailand

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