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Malaysian author Tan Twan Eng awarded Walter Scott Prize

  • Malaysian author Tan Twan Eng has won the Walter Scott Prize for historical fiction for his second novel, The Garden of Evening Mists.

    The novel is the first by an overseas writer to have won the $39,000 prize.

    Last year, a new rule was introduced enabling authors from the Commonwealth to be eligible for entry.

    Novels by British authors Hilary Mantel, Rose Tremain, Pat Barker, Anthony Quinn and Australia’s Thomas Keneally were also nominated.

    The Scott Prize judges said: "All the authors on this year's shortlist have written wonderful books, illuminating times and breathing life into personalities in a way that is enlightening and which brings lasting pleasure to the reader."

    "However, The Garden of Evening Mists is the book that left the deepest imprint on us...Set in the jungle-clad highlands of Malaya, this year's winner leads us into the troubled aftermath of World War Two," they added.

    Tan Twan Eng won the Man Asian Literary Prize with the same book earlier this year.

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