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Publisher of ‘Oxley Castle’ book: No letter of any kind received from PMO


The publisher of a fairy tale book inspired by the 38 Oxley Road saga said on Monday (13 November) that it “has not received any letter of any kind from PMO (the Prime Minister’s Office) or any individuals”.

Epigram Books, which is behind “The Phantom of Oxley Castle”, said in a statement, “Legal advice with Peter Low & Choo LLC has been taken regarding the publishing of the book.”

The statement comes after Epigram announced earlier Monday that the book launch originally slated for this Saturday has been postponed till further notice.

“While the original intent was to do a dual book launch, we have decided that it will be better to focus on doing a one-book launch which is Peh Shing Huei’s ‘Dream Island: The Mad Mad World of Philip Yeo’ which has a charity component,” said Edmund Wee, CEO and publisher of Epigram Books. The launch of Peh’s book will be held at The Arts House.

“The Phantom of Oxley Castle” centres around a grand castle with 38 rooms on a tropical island and its colourful occupants including two young princes, a princess and their pesky butler named OB Markus.

Epigram stated that it initiated the decision to cancel the book launch, saying that there had been a misunderstanding regarding what Wee had shared with The Straits Times. According to the ST report, Epigram and the venue operator The Arts House each said the other was responsible for the cancellation.

The publisher said it will still take orders for the book but delivery will be confirmed at a later date. A limited stock of pre-orders are available online now, it added.

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