Tan Twan Eng was born in Penang, Malaysia. He divides his time between Kuala Lumpur and Cape Town. The Gift of Rain, his first novel, was Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize. It has been translated into Italian, Spanish, Greek, Romanian, Czech and Serbian. His second and latest novel, The Garden of Evening Mists, was published in September 2012. It has been Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2012. Boyd Tonkin in The Independent called it: 'an elegant and haunting novel of art and war and memory.' It has been translated/will be translated into German, French, Italian, Serbian, Spanish, Dutch, Polish, Taiwanese Chinese, Indonesian, Korean and Norwegian. The Garden of Evening Mists won the Man Asian Literary Prize in March 2013. In June it won the Walter Scott Prize 2013, from a shortlist of authors which included Hilary Mantel, Rose Tremain, Thomas Keneally, Pat Barker and Anthony Quinn. Tan Twan Eng is working on his third novel.