SWF 2013 guest, Tash Aw, has made the Man Booker longlist with
his novel Five Star Billionaire. It's one of
13 diverse novels selected for the prize - other longlisted authors include
Eleanor Catton for The Luminaries, Jim Crace for Harvest and Richard House for The Kills. See the full longlist
for Man Booker
Five Star Billionaire charts the overlapping stories of migrant Malaysian workers forging lives for themselves in sprawling Shanghai, the book paints a dark picture of an endless metropolis to which many come to seek their fortunes.
Described as ‘coolly engrossing’ by The Guardian, this is a novel about failing to connect and the strange loneliness that infects such giant cities, amid the crush of humanity.
Listen to a podcast of Tash Aw discussing his novel here.