Tash Aw is the author of four critically acclaimed novels, which have won the Whitbread First Novel Award, a regional Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and twice been longlisted for the Man Booker Prize. He is also the author of the memoir The Face: Strangers on a Pier, which was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. He was recently the Judith Ginsberg Fellow at the Columbia Institute of Ideas and Imagination in Paris. His latest novel, We, The Survivors, was published in 2019.
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Look East, Look to the Future
‘It was as if he was consciously trying to fashion an image for what he wanted the country to be: ultra-confident and unapologetic, not just severing all links with our colonial past but sticking a bold middle finger up to it while we strode chest-out into the future.’