Tash Aw - Author

About the Author

Tash Aw is a recent graduate of UEA. He is Malaysian by birth but now lives in London. The Harmony Silk Factory is his first novel.

Featured books by Tash Aw

Five Star Billionaire

Five Star Billionaire

Author: Tash Aw Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/01/2014

Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2013. Justin is from a family of successful property developers. Phoebe has come to China buoyed with hope, but her dreams are shattered within hours as the job she has come for seems never to have existed. Gary is a successful pop artist, but his fans and marketing machine disappear after a bar-room brawl. Yinghui has businesses that are going well but must make decisions about her life. And then there is Walter, the shadowy billionaire, ruthless and manipulative, ultimately alone in the world. In 'Five Star Billionaire', Tash Aw charts the weave of their journeys in the new China, counterpointing their adventures with the old life they have left behind in Malaysia.

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Map of the Invisible World

Map of the Invisible World

Author: Tash Aw Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/04/2010

  April 2010 Book of the Month.   It has been five years since we had a new Tash Aw and the wait has been worth it.  This is a lovely book (although in my opinion the ending tailed off) of the lives of brothers separated by adoption, one to follow a privileged path, the other poverty.  It is set in Indonesia amid political turmoil and bloody conflict.  Big in scope and colour.

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The Harmony Silk Factory

The Harmony Silk Factory

Author: Tash Aw Format: Paperback (b Format) Release Date: 16/01/2006

Category Winner of the Whitbread First Novel Award 2005 and shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. The story of a mysterious man, Johnny Lim.  I say mysterious for we get three different narratives relating parts of his life that illustrate very different men, all Johnny, and so it shows us how we bend or interpret the truth.  Here we never really discover what that is but in the tales we get a large amount of history of Malaysia.  A wonderful, fascinating, beautifully written first novel. Comparison: Rani Manicka, Nadeem Aslam, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

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Other books by Tash Aw

Strangers on a Pier

Strangers on a Pier

Author: Tash Aw Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/09/2021

'So wise and so well done. It made me wish it were much longer than it is' Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie From the award-winning author of Five Star Billionaire and We, The Survivors comes a whirlwind personal history of modern Asia, as told through his Malaysian and Chinese heritage. If we are lucky we will find writing that grips us with its vitality, beauty and significance - Strangers on a Pier is like that' Deborah Levy In Strangers on a Pier, acclaimed author Tash Aw explores the panoramic cultural vitality of modern Asia through his own complicated family story of migration and adaptation, which is reflected in his own face. From a taxi ride in present-day Bangkok, to eating Kentucky Fried Chicken in 1980s Kuala Lumpur, to his grandfathers' treacherous boat journeys to Malaysia from mainland China in the 1920s, Aw weaves together stories of insiders and outsiders, images from rural villages to megacity night clubs, and voices in a dizzying variety of languages, dialects, and slangs, to create an intricate and astoundingly vivid portrait of a place caught between the fast-approaching future and a past that won't let go.

We, the Survivors

We, the Survivors

Author: Tash Aw Format: Paperback Release Date: 19/03/2020

A murderer's confession - devastating, unblinking, poignant, unforgettable - which reveals a story of class, education and the inescapable workings of destiny. Ah Hock is an ordinary, uneducated man born in a Malaysian fishing village and now trying to make his way in a country that promises riches and security to everyone, but delivers them only to a chosen few. With Asian society changing around him, like many he remains trapped in a world of poorly paid jobs that just about allow him to keep his head above water but ultimately lead him to murder a migrant worker from Bangladesh. In the tradition of Camus and Houellebecq, Ah Hock's vivid and compelling description of the years building up to this appalling act of violence - told over several days to a local journalist whose life has taken a different course - is a portrait of an outsider like no other, an anti-nostalgic view of human life and the ravages of hope. It is the work of a writer at the peak of his powers.

Five Star Billionaire

Five Star Billionaire

Author: Tash Aw Format: Paperback Release Date: 28/02/2013

In the Man Booker prize-longlisted 'Five Star Billionaire' Tash Aw charts the overlapping lives of migrant Malaysian workers, forging lives for themselves in sprawling Shanghai. Justin is from a family of successful property developers. Phoebe has come to China buoyed with hope, but her dreams are shattered within hours as the job she has come for seems never to have existed. Gary is a successful pop artist, but his fans and marketing machine disappear after a bar-room brawl. Yinghui has businesses that are going well but must make decisions about her life. And then there is Walter, the shadowy billionaire, ruthless and manipulative, ultimately alone in the world. In 'Five Star Billionaire', Tash Aw charts the weave of their journeys in the new China, counterpointing their adventures with the old life they have left behind in Malaysia. The result is a brilliant examination of the migrations that are shaping the new city experiences all over the world, and their effect on myriad individual lives.

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