A chat with Tan Twan Eng

By Julia Tan, Photography courtesy of Penang Global Tourism

February 2014 COVER STORY
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It was in early December last year when we met the award-winning writer of The Gift of Rain and The Garden of Evening Mists, Tan Twan Eng, who was in Penang for the George Town Literary Festival. Casually dressed and equipped with Hilary Mantel’s massive tome, A Place of Greater Safety, he sat down at the cafe in Penaga Hotel for a chat.You were born in Penang and you currently split your time between KL and Cape Town. How did...

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Julia Tan

went to primary and secondary school at Convent Pulau Tikus before continuing sixth form at St. Xavier’s Institution; any other school was out of the question. She misses the fried rice at the school canteen, and laments the passing of the wan tan mee lady.

Photography courtesy of Penang Global Tourism