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Deborah Emmanuel was a 19-year-old drama school dropout, working a soul-mashing job at a five-star hotel. She drank, smoked and had the occasional spliff or ecstasy pill. After a Monday-night party raid by the Central Narcotics Bureau, she tested positive for MDMA and THC. The next year unlocked her gates to the Singapore punitive system; a world of steel bars, squatting h ...more
Paperback, 82 pages
Published May 2016 by Cosmic Grasshopper Press
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Amitabha Das
Jun 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
To begin with, this is among the very few books I have read, which are written by someone I know personally and while that probably makes my review somewhat biased, it also makes me additionally critical. Many of the characters are known to me, but much of the story is a revelation to me in itself.

We are used to reading autobiographies of people who are famous and popular, not much from lesser known people, but again 'famous and popular' are just a matter of time and I have no doubt, Deborah Em
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Aimee Lewis
Jun 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
It’s easy to read… but not because it’s basic. Deborah carries you through her story in a rhythm that’s hard to break away from (I read the whole book in 2 sittings) and with a tone packed full of personality. This book inspires you to think but not in a way that leaves you feeling weary.

From cover to cover, it felt very honest. I was able to get a picture of prison life and rehabilitation. Yet, on the whole, the story was told without judgement which inspires the reader to judge for themselves
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Sumita Thiagarajan
Jun 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is a must-read for anyone who wants to relate with the rebellion of their youth. Finished the book in less than 4 hours in two sittings. You don't just read the book because the way it's written allows you to experience what she felt through each stage of her life. All-in-all, it's an inspirational read and highly relatable as we've all felt alone at one point of our life only to realize that there are people who truly love you and there's so much we have to be grateful for. Thank you for t ...more
Sarah Emmanuel
May 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Rebel Rites was truth. It didn't hide negative self reflections and it didn't avoid taboo topics. It was real, gripping, entertaining, and engaging.

It was hard to read because of the gravity of what really happens around us and what we choose to notice vs what we choose to ignore, but the insight was strong and thought provoking. It makes me question whether we really deserve to consider ourselves 'all knowing'. The truth is, we don't and we never will.
Jas Kaur
Jul 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
An utterly raw and beautiful piece of work. I was glued to the book from the start, and it left me wanting more at the end. Thank you for sharing a part of your life with us Deborah, it was such a humbling experience.
CHING
Jun 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A very honest and raw account of what Deborah Emmanuel went through when she did time. I thank her for her honesty and this beautiful piece of writing. Highly recommended.
Ruby Lambert
Jun 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Finished the book in 2 days, could have done it in a day if its not for the kids! As soon as I started, I was instantly glued to it and wished I had more Deborahs on my bookshelf! MORE! MORE! MORE!
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A valuable and sensitive if ordinary addition to the slim (or non-existent?) body of Singapore prison literature.
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Deborah Emmanuel (b.1988) is a Singaporean poet, performer, and multiple TEDx speaker. As a slam poet she has featured at festivals like the Barcelona International Poetry Festival, the Makassar International Writers Festival and the Queensland Poetry Festival and won competitions in Singapore, Germany and Australia. Her work has featured in places like Bali, Berlin, London, New York City and Kath ...more
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