Tan Twan Eng was born in Penang, Malaysia. He worked as an intellectual property lawyer before resigning from his position to write his debut novel, The Gift of Rain, which was long-listed for the Man Booker Prize. His following novel, The Garden of Evening Mists, also received critical acclaim and was short-listed for the 2012 Man Booker Prize. He has spoken at several literary festivals around the world, including the Shanghai International Literary Festival, the Perth Writers Festival in Australia, and the Franschkoek Literary Festival in South Aftrica. He lives in Cape Town.