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The Harmony Silk Factory by Tash Aw

The Harmony Silk Factory by Tash Aw
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Author:  Tash Aw

ISBN:  9780007182046

Weight:  990g

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The Harmony Silk Factory – Tash Aw

This is the story of Johnny Lim, textile merchant, petty crook and inventor of the Amazing Toddy Machine, and his marriage to the beautiful Snow Soong.

In 1940, with the Japanese about to invade Malaysia, Johnny and Snow embark on their honeymoon to the mysterious Seven Maiden Islands, accompanied by a mercurial Japanese professor and Peter Wormwood, an Englishman adrift.  Many years later, Wormwood looks back on this defining journey, while Snow’s son goes in search of the truth of his mother and the infamous Chinese man she married.

Set against the backdrop of a country in crisis, Tash Aw’s scintillating first novel is the story of a haunting episode in the lives of four young people. Richly moving and entertaining, The Harmony Silk Factory is a landmark work of fiction.

A fine, strong, confident novel – and what a storyteller Tash Aw is.  Unputdownable.

Doris Lessing, winner of the 2007 Nobel Prize in Literature

Bibliographic Data
Title:The Harmony Silk Factory
Author: [is the pen name of Ta-Shi Aw]
Book Features
Edition / printing:First edition, first printing
Book features:Tan boards with white text on spine, white endpapers and bright blue decorative head and tail bands.
Overall condition:Fine / Very fine – some pushing to bottom of spine, tiny crease to bottom corner of back board.
Signed:Yes – on the title page
Book Stats
Publisher:HarperCollins
Imprint:Fourth Estate
Awards and prizes:Winner 2006 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize Best First Book Award (Pacific region),
Winner 2005 Whitbread First Novel Award,
Longlisted 2005 Man Booker Prize
Publication date:
Printed by:Clays Ltd, Bungay
ISBN 13:9780007182046
ISBN 10:000718204X
Format:Hardcover with dust jacket
Pages:362
H x W x D:241 x 160 x 35mm
Design Credits
Author photo:Andrew Whittuck
Jacket design:Sarah Christie

Collectors Notes

  • The Harmony Silk Factory is Tash Aw’s multi-award-winning debut novel: winner of a 2006 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize Best First Book Award (Pacific region) and winner of the 2005 Whitbread First Novel Award.
  • For more information, you might like to visit Tash Aw’s website.  This is a rich source of info on his life, books and future projects.

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