Tash Aw was born in Taipei to Malaysian parents. He grew up in Kuala Lumpur before moving to Britain to attend university. He is the author of three critically acclaimed novels - The Harmony Silk Factory (2005), which won the Whitbread First Novel Award and a regional Commonwealth Writers' Prize; Map of the Invisible World (2009) and Five Star Billionaire (2013) - and a work of non-fiction, The Face: Strangers on a Pier (2016), finalist for the LA Times Book Prize. His novels have twice been longlisted for the MAN Booker prize and been translated into 23 languages.
His work has won an O. Henry Prize and been published in The New Yorker, the London Review of Books, A Public Space and the landmark Granta 100, amongst others. He is also a contributing opinion writer for the New York Times.
'Aw's gripping and strangely moving book has brought us, if not to an understanding, then at least towards some appreciation of the social complexity and steady flow of injustices that have led to this absurd yet terrifying moment' John Burnside, Guardian
'Deeply atmospheric, this is a touching and beautifully written novel that questions the whole nature of authority' Mail on Sunday
'A political novel in the best sense ... a gritty, humane, uncompromising picture of an honest man caught in a corrupt developing country' Guardian
'Aw's tone is never moralizing or trite; he skilfully interweaves the personal and political, leaving no doubt that the two are inseparable, that the forces that act on us privately are refractions of wider powers which need global, rather than individual, action to be changed' TLS
'A sort of The Red and the Black of our times, radical and contemporary. We, The Survivors is one of the most beautiful and powerful books I've read in years' Edouard Louis, author of Who Killed My Father
'This is the tale of poor people-refugees, day laborers-whose lives are ruled by cruel circumstance and extreme poverty, whose struggles end in defeat, who are not meant to survive. What would be abstract in a report is here given burning, lacerated flesh. In the twenty-first century it is our Everyman, alas' Edmund White, author of The Unpunished Vice
'Prejudice and the refugee experience are examined in this taut novel set in Malaysia ... Aw doesn't rely on tub-thumping; his achievement is to make a global story personal. When he finally circles back to Ah Hock's crime, the scene is managed briskly, in keeping with a tale that, however grim, is never solemn or overwrought. It even ends on a gentle note; still, the novel's horrors can't easily be pushed out of mind' Observer