Daphne Lee

Recent and archived articles by Daphne Lee

29 Mar 2015 | 7:00 AM

An editor should be a writer’s biggest fan, but not in an undiscerning way

Our columnist replies to a reader who had a bad editing experience and explains why editors are necessary.

The legendary William Maxwell ‘Max’ Evarts Perkins was editor for literary greats such as Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Thomas Wolfe. – Filepic
22 Feb 2015 | 8:02 AM

It's not what you think

Localise: There’s editing, and then there’s ‘editing’, the local version.

25 Jan 2015 | 7:00 AM

Being critical of made-in-Malaysia books is all about being supportive

What do you think of books published in Asia? Start a conversation with our columnist in this new monthly focus on local English books.

28 Dec 2014 | 7:00 AM

Tots To Teens: Goodbye

Columnist Daphne Lee is changing her focus with the turn of the year.

The picture of young Daphne and mum ended up becoming the columnist’s first picture byline.
30 Nov 2014 | 7:00 AM

Still hoping for change in publishing industry

The Tots To Teens columnist has said it all before, but some things bear repeating.

28 Sep 2014 | 7:00 AM

Days of drooling dogs

There are many lovely books starring dogs of all shapes, sizes and temperaments.

14 Sep 2014 | 7:00 AM

Adult depression affects the little ones, too

For ‘grey bear’ days.

14 Sep 2014 | 7:00 AM

Discussing a love/hate affair with Roald Dahl's 'Chocolate Factory'

Is it a love it/hate it kind of book? Two booklovers discuss a Roald Dahl classic from either side of a Dahl divide.

10 Aug 2014 | 7:00 AM

Silver screen screams

Tots to teens: When Hollywood takes a beloved book and does unspeakable things to it in the name of movie-making, remember: the book remains.

Which do you prefer? The movie (starring Shailene Woodley as Beatrice and  Ansel Elgort as 'perfect boyfriend' Augustus) or the book? Tell us at - File pics
13 Jul 2014 | 7:00 AM

Should children's books have sad endings?

A book that indicates that there is more to life than its extremes is more realistic than one that is completely devoid of hope or over-the-top happy.