Tan Twan Eng was born in Penang but lived in various places in Malaysia as a child. He studied law through the University of London and later worked as lawyer in one of Kuala Lumpur's most reputable law firms. He also has a first-dan ranking in aikido and is a strong proponent for the conservation of heritage buildings. His debut novel, The Gift of Rain was also long-listed for the ManBooker Prize. Tan Twan Eng lives in Cape Town where he is working on his third novel.
Published: May 2013
Shortlisted for the 2012 Man Booker Prize; 'With ravishing sensuousness, it conjures up the lush landscapes and tea estates of Malaya during the 1950s Emergency . . . A haunting novel about memory' - Sunday Times Books of the Year
Published: October 2012
Shortlisted for the MAN Booker Prize 2012: On a mountain above the clouds in the central highlands of Malaya lived the man who had been the gardener of the Emperor of Japan .