The Gift of Rain

Tan Twan Eng

The Gift of Rain by Tan Twan Eng (Paperback ISBN 9781838858346) book cover

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The first novel from the internationally bestselling, Man Booker-shortlisted author of The Garden of Evening Mists


Penang, 1939. Sixteen-year-old Philip Hutton is a loner. Half English, half Chinese and feeling neither, he discovers a sense of belonging in an unexpected friendship with Hayato Endo, a Japanese diplomat. Philip shows his new friend around his adored island of Penang, and in return Endo trains him in the art and discipline of aikido. But such friendship comes at a terrible price.

Tan Twan Eng’s masterful debut novel is a haunting and unforgettable story of betrayal, barbaric cruelty, steadfast courage and enduring love.

“Engaging … rich … thoughtful, evocative, undoubtedly provocative”

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“A powerful first novel about a tumultuous and almost forgotten period of history”
times Literary Supplement

“A remarkable book”
Ian Mcmillan

“Gripping … compelling”
new Yorker

“Glorious … as robustly absorbing as it is achingly poignant”
usa Today

Tan Twan Eng

Tan Twan Eng was born in Penang, Malaysia. His debut novel The Gift of Rain was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2007 and has been widely translated. The Garden of Evening Mists won the Man Asian Literary Prize 2012 and the 2013 Walter Scott Prize for historical fiction and was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2012 and the 2014 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. He divides his time between Kuala Lumpur and Cape Town.

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