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International Authors You Didn’t Know Were Malaysians

Have you read any of these yet?

By The Weekly | April 21, 2017

If you’ve not heard already, our very own Michelle Yeoh and Henry Golding will be starring in the Hollywood movie (by Warner Bros), Crazy Rich Asians, based on the bestselling book by Kevin Kwan.

Did you know that Kevin Kwan is actually a Singaporean and moved with his family to the United State around age 11? This is exactly why reading the international bestseller feels so familiar as you’ll come across Cantonese and Manglish (or Singlish as some would say) terminologies throughout the book.

But Singapore isn’t the only one with talented writers, we’ve got a few of our own as well.

#1 Rani Manicka, The Rice Mother

She was born and educated in Malaysia. Her debut novel, The Rice Mother, tells the story about the consequences of war infused with her Sri Lankan family history. The book even picked up a Commonwealth Writers Prize in 2003 – she was the first Malaysian ever to win that award.

#2 Tash Aw, The Harmony Silk

He was born in Taipei by grew up in Kuala Lumpur and is currently based in London. His debut novel traces the story of a textile merchant Johnny Lim living in British Malaya – it’s a book that gives readers a peep into another culture during a moment of crisis. His books were even nominated for the Man Book Prize (the other being Five Star Billionaire) and The Harmony Silk has also been translated into over 20 languages.

#3 Steven Steel, Someone’s In My Head

The Penang-born author’s second novel picked up the prestigious Watty award in 2015. The novel is the first installment in The Wickernham Trilogy and he’s currently working on the sequels.


#4 Felicia Yap, Yesterday

The 35-year-old grew up in Kuala Lumpur and is currently based in London. What baffled us the most is the fact that her book hasn’t even hit the shelves and yet it’s already been touted as one of the most anticipated titles of 2017! Local reports stated that eight agents were fighting it out to represent the book and it was finally acquired by the Headline Publishing Group in Britain for an undisclosed six-figure amount.

Yesterday is slated to release in August this year.

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