Tan Twan Eng

Tan Twan Eng was born in 1972 in Penang, but lived in various places in Malaysia as a child. He studied law at 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 first novel, The Gift of Rain, was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2007.

He has spent the last year traveling around South Africa and currently lives in Cape Town. His second novel The Garden of Evening Mist was released in January, 2012.