Have been enjoying her book in little coffee-break sized nibbles and every now and then I find myself laughing out loud when I find myself in a typical Lydia moment e.g. observing myself and other drivers finding ways to kill time whicle waiting for the lights to change!
Here's the blurb I wrote for the back cover:
These short essays blend information and anecdote, flights of fancy and slices of careful observation as Lydia Teh chronicles the quirks and eccentricities of contemporary urban life inLydia writes very well but I would love to mess her hair up, metaphorically speaking. I'm sure there must be a mad bad vampish Lydia inside the cheerful highly competent mum and housewife and I'd love to hear her voice.
. Written with affection and humour, the book covers an enormous range of topics from MRT (Malaysian Rubber Time), the etiquette of kissing in public, and advice on how to gainfully spend your time tin traffic jams to decorating tips for the interior of your car and how to make sure your kids erasers don’t go astray. Locals will find themselves between the pages for sure. Great fun! Malaysia
(It's terrible how I have the urge to lead perfectly nice people, like Lydia, like Nic, off the straight and narrow just so they will write more dangerously ...)