In the run up to The Man Booker prize - which is announced next week - the Today programme are profiling all six short-listed authors and their books.
The youngest of the group, Tan Twan Eng, was born in Malaysia and has made the shortlist with his second novel, The Garden of Evening Mists.
The Garden of Evening Mists is set in the mountains of central Malaya during the pre-independence turmoil of the 1950's.
Tan Twan Eng has been talking to the BBC's arts correspondent Rebecca Jones about his work.
He said he is very keen to win the prize as it would mean he had a "small place in literary history".
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