We, the Survivors is the story of Ah Hock, born in a fishing village in Malaysia, a man whose small ambitions for a better life are thwarted by a countryside of deprivation. Twice longlisted for the Booker and winner of the Whitbread prize for first novel, We, the Survivors is the first of Tash Aw’s novels to be set in Malaysia. Confronting uncomfortable truths about his home country, it is an eloquent contribution to his ongoing investigation into the changing nature of Asian society.
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Tash Aw was born in Taipei, brought up in Malaysia and now lives in London. His first novel, The Harmony Silk Factory, was the winner of the Whitbread First Novel Award and the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best First Novel. It was long-listed for the Booker Prize, as was his third novel, Five Star Billionaire. His new novel is We, the Survivors.
Ashley Hay is an essayist and novelist based in Brisbane. Her most recent novel is A Hundred Small Lessons. She is the editor of Griffith Review.