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A pacy literary thriller set in the 1980s’ disco era

Heart of Glass is a pacy literary thriller set in the 1980s’ disco era. It is exotic and noirish popular fiction. Li-an is a con artist and talented Chinese American musician in Chicago’s Chinatown. With accomplice Dallas, she drugs and robs rich guys in bars. Dallas is caught. Li-An wants to come clean.

Chicago, 4 November 1980, US elections night. America is celebrating Reagan's win over Carter. She accepts a piano-playing job in Macau offered by Italian restaurant businessman Paolo. She gets to live luxuriously in a Portuguese colonial gothic mansion.

She meets New York DJ Ben, her crush, her nemesis and a compulsive gambler in the Macau casinos. He says she’s being exploited. When he overhears that Paolo has left her all his assets, he plots to kill Paolo so they can cut a recording deal in New York.

But will it work? Will she ever escape?

Ivy Ngeow was born and raised in Johor Bahru, Malaysia. A graduate of the Middlesex University Writing MA programme, Ivy won the 2005 Middlesex University Literary Prize out of almost 1500 entrants worldwide. She has written non-fiction for Marie Claire, The Star, The New Straits Times, South London Society of Architects’ Newsletter and Wimbledon magazine. Her fiction has appeared in Silverfish New Writing anthologies twice, The New Writer and on the BBC World Service. Most recently, her story was published by Fixi Novo in an anthology.

Ivy won first prize in the Commonwealth Essay Writing Competition 1994, first prize in the Barnes and Noble Career Essay Writing competition 1998 and was shortlisted for the David T K Wong Fellowship 1998 and the Ian St James Award 1999.

Ivy has been a highly-accomplished multi-instrumental musician since childhood and won fifth prize (out of 850 entrants) in the 2006 1-MIC (Music Industry Charts) UK Award for her original song – Celebrity, when she formed her own band, Satsuma (2005-07). Her songs are funky, modern and eclectic, with strong urban grooves and lyrics. Satsuma has played headlining gigs at top London venues such as: The Marquee Club, The Troubadour Club, The Water Rats, The Betsey Trotwood, Plan B and Clockwork.

I woke up. I was dreaming of music, and dreamin’ is free. I was going to get caught very soon and I could feel it. My nose was tingling. Things were on the decline. No, seriously. Only that very afternoon I contemplated selling my wine red Gibson Les Paul deluxe guitar in its silver padded bag in order to live.

That night, I met Paolo. I was twenty-three years old. I had twenty-four dollars left in my patent black clutch and some belladonna tabs. Four, if I remembered right. It was the freezing cold weather in Blondie’s Picture This. I had clouds on my lids and I’d be on the skids.

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CRY OF THE FLYING RHINO Sneak Preview: Doing my Bit for Postcolonial Literature:

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

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Heart of Glass: 

Front cover done. Back blurb in progress.

Some delays in August because I was torn between two cover options both of which I liked. Now we're done being torn. Very exciting. Clue: 1980s! Yes!  In sports news, Cry of the Flying Rhino: Hong Kong - the prize giving ceremony and launch is now only 4 weeks away!

I have been living in Hong Kong time and refuelling on carbs…

Editing, schmediting and COVER DESIGN!

Monday, 17 July 2017

Timeline

I have been working on the cover design with the graphic designer who has designed bestsellers like The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith and Marina Lewycka's A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian. As a designer myself, I find it both easy and hard to take the back seat and let someone do the driving. I've even done a moodboard, see below, as the designer inside me always…

STOP PRESS: Ivy Ngeow wins 2016 International Proverse Prize - FIRST PRIZE

Thursday, 27 April 2017

Prize

I am thrilled my first novel Cry of the Flying Rhino has won this prestigious international literary prize for an unpublished full-length work of prose fiction. 

About winning a prize: Winning the 2016 Proverse Prize is important in promoting excellence in literature and the love of and for books, across all boundaries of race, country, creed. It is the first time in 9 years the judges…

One Hundred Days of Solitude

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Hog 100

Crowdfunding. Is. Over. Three big little words. 100% in 100 days. And the last 3%? Was the longest, shortest journey in the world (I used to say that about giving birth: new person travelling down 62mm birth canal takes 2 to 20 hours.) But what a push. To watch THE VLOG (53sec long only, I swear) click on the PLAY icon. 

What a journey. Made me laugh, made me cry, made me wait, made me cry…

97% funded! We are very nearly there, guys. Yes!

Monday, 13 March 2017

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Heart of Glass is nearly fully funded! We are* having to pre-sell only another 6 books to make this book come true..

Hope you like the 80s-inspired artwork - Back to the Future (of publishing). To all supporters, patrons, backers, friends, family, named and anonymous - a very big thank you and a warm welcome aboard. The ship will set sail very soon. You have your boarding passes! The journey…

What has the 1980s Reagan era got to do with it?

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

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Welcome to the Cinema in the Shed. Make yourself comfy and watch my 1980s-inspired show. Go on! It's only 1 minute 19 sec long, I swear. Join in the discussion. The 1980s Reagan era was a time of excess, greed and materialism. Do you agree? Which song or songs from the 80s do you identify with which reflect these values? OK I'll start. "I'm Coming Out" by Diana Ross. Why? It's disco, innit.

To…

LISTEN: Wandsworth Radio 'Live' interview plus SNEAK PREVIEW of Ivy's next book

Tuesday, 31 January 2017

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"Gong Xi Fa Cai! Kung Hei Fatt Choy!" to my dear supporters near and far, old and new, and my supporters-to-be. I was talking to a wonderfully friendly and kind producer/presenter Ms Becks on her show which is the Wandsworth Workday show on Wandsworth Radio, London. REVISED UPDATE 2 Feb 17: Someone said she cannot play the video/audio. So here is the YouTube recording of the interview. It should…

NEW: Goodie Bag Reward Tier - take a peek at these Goodies!

Friday, 20 January 2017

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SUPER TREAT ALERT! You must agree with me that these collectibles are totally cool-rated and hipster-verified.

To those who have just come onboard HMS Ivy Shed, the cabin shop has opened a new reward tier! All coming to you in brand new Heart of Glass modern minimalist logo packaging designed by yours truly.

GET ALL OF THESE GOODIES AT ONE GO in the £55 reward tier, PLUS 1st edition paperback…

It's the Heart of Glass the Novel's SILENT MOVIE news update!

Wednesday, 4 January 2017

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Hello everyone! Hope you had a great great Christmas and New Year. Myself, I like it quiet and thoughtful. I am a writer after all and a musician too. It is my dream to be left alone to my instruments of torture (keyboards, guitar, quill pen) and a cup of coffee or wine. Being quiet and thoughtful has disadvantages for me, being passive, eating and drinking too much. As a result, I have put on a bit…

A big thanks to my Week 1 supporters and a reading of an excerpt

Monday, 19 December 2016

Hi everyone! I am excited to share with you the news that I am 22 per cent funded a week after launch. That is a fifth and it's Christmas week so people are poor (or rich in culture and thoughts, depending on how you look at it). I am touched that my supporters are not only my friends and family but also two of whom I do not know and have never met. You know who you are and I am happy to be listing…

Hello Unbound and Hello World

Monday, 12 December 2016

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Hello Unbound and Hello World!

Today is my big day. I am excited and cannot believe that the launch page is up and running! 

https://unbound.com/books/heart-of-glass

I have lots of goodies to share with you from my shed, so stay close by.

Please watch the video, read the excerpt, synopsis and about me section. I am crowdfunding this book because the voice of ethnic minorities like…

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