Malaysian author Tan Twan Eng has won the £25,000 Walter Scott Prize for historical fiction for his second novel The Garden of Evening Mists.
He travelled from his home in South Africa to be at the ceremony in Melrose in the Scottish Borders.
He received his prize from the Duke of Buccleuch at a special event during the Borders Book Festival.
May I congratulate Mr Tan Twan Eng-a Malaysian who won this literary award.It is an event that all Malaysians should be proud of.I have not read the book yet,but I plan to buy and read it.Fictional history is a new genre for me but I look forward to discover something more interesting and may discover more on what really happened in those days.History books at schools only tell the approved version of our history.
I hope our Malaysian government will recognise this success in some way and promote and facilitate good Malaysian writers at international level.