Tan twan eng was born in penang malaysia but lived in various places in malaysia as a child he worked as an intellectual property lawyer before resigning from his position to write his novel the gift of rain his second novel the garden of evening mists will be published in the united kingdom in february 2012. The garden of evening mists starts in the late 1980s as retired judge teoh yun ling returns to yugiri a property where she spent a period of her life almost forty years earlier in malaya during the japanese occupation told in flashbacks as she looks back on her life the majority of the book is devoted the events of this time. The garden of evening mists published in january 2012 is the second novel by malaysian novelist tan twan eng the first was the gift of rain 2007 the protagonist of the garden is the judge teoh yun ling footnote 1 who was a prisoner of the japanese during world war ii and later served as an apprentice to a japanese gardener. The garden of evening mists by tan twan eng review fri 24 aug 2012 1755 edt first published on fri 24 aug 2012 1755 edt build a garden for her sister who perished in the camp and who . Tan twan eng was born in penang malaysia he worked as an intellectual property lawyer before resigning from his position to write his novel the gift of rain which was longlisted for the man booker prize his second novel the garden of evening mists shortlisted for the man booker prize 2012 he divides his time between kuala lumpur and cape
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