Gift of Rain author Tan Twan Eng is in the UK at the moment to promote the book. You can listen to him talk about the book on Ian Macmillan's literary radio programme The Verb on BBC Radio 3.
Are there too many novels set during the Second World War (as some have alleged)? Why aren't there many Malaysian novelists? Does the author believe in predestination?
Have a listen to the programme and find out.