Tan Twan Eng

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Tan Twan Eng (陳團英|) is a Malaysian novelist born in Penang in 1972.[1]


Tan studied law at the University of London, and later worked as an advocate and solicitor in one of Kuala Lumpur's law firms before becoming a full-time writer.[2] He has a first-dan ranking in aikido and lives in Malaysia.[citation needed]


His first novel, The Gift of Rain, published in 2007, was long-listed for the Man Booker Prize. It is set in Penang before and during the Japanese occupation of Malaya in World War II. The Gift of Rain has been translated into Italian, Spanish, Greek, Romanian, Czech, Serbian, French, Russian and Hungarian.

His second novel, The Garden of Evening Mists, was published in 2012. It was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2012[3] and won the Man Asian Literary Prize,[4][5] and the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction.[6][7]

Tan has spoken at literary festivals, including the Singapore Writers Festival, the Ubud Writers' Festival in Bali, the Asia Man Booker Festival in Hong Kong, the Shanghai International Literary Festival, the Perth Writers Festival, the Abbotsford Convent in Melbourne, Australia, and the Franschhoek Literary Festival in South Africa.



  • Man Booker shortlist (2012)[8]
  • Man Asian Literary Prize (2012)[9]
  • £25,000 Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction (2013)[10]


  1. ^ http://www.tantwaneng.com/news4.html
  2. ^ Tan Twan Eng Takes the Proust Seat | Litro
  3. ^ http://www.themanbookerprize.com/news/2012-shortlist-announced
  4. ^ "Tan Twan Eng scoops Asia's top literary prize". Man Asian Prize website. 15 March 2013. Archived from the original on 17 March 2013. Retrieved 15 March 2013.
  5. ^ Richard Lea (14 March 2013). "Tan Twan Eng wins Man Asian prize". The Guardian. Retrieved 15 March 2013.
  6. ^ "Shortlist for 2013 Walter Scott Prize Announced". Borders Book Festival. Archived from the original on 7 June 2013. Retrieved 15 June 2013.
  7. ^ "Tan Twan Eng wins The Walter Scott Prize". Borders Book Festival. 14 June 2013. Archived from the original on 8 September 2013. Retrieved 15 June 2013.
  8. ^ "2012 shortlist announced | The Man Booker Prizes". themanbookerprize.com. Retrieved 2018-11-06.
  9. ^ Lea, Richard (2013-03-14). "Tan Twan Eng wins Man Asian prize". the Guardian. Retrieved 2018-11-06.
  10. ^ "Tan Twan Eng wins Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction with The". The Independent. Retrieved 2018-11-06.

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