Written by Malaysian novelist Tan Twan Eng, The Garden of Evening Mists has been recognised as one of the best books of the 21st Century by The Guardian.
The book takes shape in three parts as it narrates the life and experiences of the protagonist as a Japanese prisoner during World War II, and later as an apprentice of a Japanese gardener.
The book was published in January 2012 and is the author’s second novel, first being The Gift Of Rain in 2007. The Garden of Evening Mists was awarded the Man Asian Literary Prize in 2012 and the Walter Scott Prize under the Historical fiction category.
Tan Twan Eng’s award-winning novel set for English-language feature to be co-produced with HBO Asia.
Malaysia’s Astro Shaw has optioned Tan Twan Eng’s award-winning novel The Garden Of Evening Mists, which it plans to adapt as an English-language feature to be co-produced with HBO Asia. Read more
Malaysian author Tan Twan Eng has won the £25,000 Walter Scott Prize for historical fiction for his second novel The Garden of Evening Mists.
He travelled from his home in South Africa to be at the ceremony in Melrose in the Scottish Borders.
He received his prize from the Duke of Buccleuch at a special event during the Borders Book Festival.
The Garden of Evening Mists is the first novel by an overseas writer to have won the four-year-old prize.
A new rule was introduced last year making books by authors from the Commonwealth eligible for entry.
The novel prevailed over a strong shortlist including Bring up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel, which has already carried off some of the UK’s most prestigious literary awards, and novels by English writers Rose Tremain, Pat Barker, and Anthony Quinn, and by Australian author Thomas Keneally.