The #TFBookClub reads ‘The Night Tiger’ set in 1930s Malaya

20th February 2020

#TFBookClub March/April 2020. ‘The Night Tiger’ set in 1930s colonial Malaya

Our latest #TFBookClub outing takes us to colonial MALAYA in the 1930s, with The Night Tiger by Yangsze Choo.

In 1930s colonial Malaya, a dissolute British doctor receives a surprise gift of an eleven-year-old Chinese houseboy. Sent as a bequest from an old friend, young Ren has a mission: to find his dead master’s severed finger and reunite it with his body. Ren has forty-nine days, or else his master’s soul will roam the earth forever.

Ji Lin, an apprentice dressmaker, moonlights as a dancehall girl to pay her mother’s debts. One night, Ji Lin’s dance partner leaves her with a gruesome souvenir that leads her on a crooked, dark trail.

As time runs out for Ren’s mission, a series of unexplained deaths occur amid rumours of tigers who turn into men. In their journey to keep a promise and discover the truth, Ren and Ji Lin’s paths will cross in ways they will never forget.

Captivating and lushly written, The Night Tiger explores the rich world of servants and masters, ancient superstition and modern ambition, sibling rivalry and unexpected love. Woven through with Chinese folklore and a tantalizing mystery, this novel is a page-turner of the highest order.

Apply for a copy to read along:

> If you would like to apply for a copy to read along with us during March and early April 2020, just leave a COMMENT below and tell us whether you prefer PAPER or DIGITAL or EITHER – by midnight 29th February 2020. UK ONLY. The first names out of the hat on Sunday 1st March 2020 will be sent copies of the book. After that we can all start turning the pages and share our thoughts over the subsequent weeks.

> Please also sign up to become a member of TripFiction if you are not already. Simply click on this link and scroll down until you get to the JOIN NOW tab.

We will be in touch if you are one of our lucky readers, and hopefully you’ll receive your copy of the book early in March. Don’t forget, applications close midnight, 29th February 2020!

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  1. User: Harriet Steel

    Posted on: 24/02/2020 at 6:12 pm

    This looks unusual and very interesting. I’d love a paper copy please.


  2. User: philatel

    Posted on: 22/02/2020 at 8:31 pm

    Wow – this is just my sort of book – would love to read this – paper copy please.


  3. User: Linda Rumsey

    Posted on: 22/02/2020 at 1:22 pm

    Love the cover! I’d like a paper copy please.


  4. User: Susan Gilley

    Posted on: 22/02/2020 at 6:01 am

    Love a bit of folklore and mystery. So yes please in paper please.


  5. User: Claire Thorpe

    Posted on: 21/02/2020 at 6:43 pm

    Wow an interesting sounding book! Would love a paper copy to join in the Bookclub.


  6. User: Sara Hill

    Posted on: 20/02/2020 at 10:23 pm

    I would love a paper copy please. I don’t know much about Malaya so would be interested to find out more.


  7. User: LisaRowsell

    Posted on: 20/02/2020 at 8:26 pm

    I’d love a copy as the plot has me hooked already. Paper copy please.


  8. User: Lesley Morton-Evans

    Posted on: 20/02/2020 at 7:51 pm

    Sounds like another great choice for the TF book club. I would love the opportunity to be included. A paper copy please.


  9. User: Marie Prescott

    Posted on: 20/02/2020 at 7:06 pm

    Lovely prize offer, thank you. If lucky enough to win I would like the paper copy please.


    1 Comment

    • User: tripfiction

      Posted on: 21/02/2020 at 9:54 am

      Hi Marie, don’t forget you need to become a TripFiction member to have a chance of receiving a copy. Follow the link in the bookclub blog! Good luck 🙂


  10. User: Andrea Hedgcock

    Posted on: 20/02/2020 at 6:42 pm

    Paper please – this sounds a bit different!


  11. User: Claire Broomsgrove

    Posted on: 20/02/2020 at 6:25 pm

    Paper copy please


  12. User: Claire Harris

    Posted on: 20/02/2020 at 6:04 pm

    Sounds enthralling! Would love to have the chance to read a paper copy, please!


  13. User: julier

    Posted on: 20/02/2020 at 5:09 pm

    Paper please – sounds fab


  14. User: Rachel Hall

    Posted on: 20/02/2020 at 4:21 pm

    Always enjoy the TF Book Club and seeing how other readers view a book. This one sounds like there will be plenty to discuss – historical fiction, Chinese mythology and magical realism! I would love to take part and if selected a paperback copy would be much appreciated. Thank you.


  15. User: Melanie Daniels

    Posted on: 20/02/2020 at 4:19 pm

    Sounds great, I’d love a paper copy please!



    • User: Melanie Daniels

      Posted on: 24/02/2020 at 3:28 pm

      No problem, and thanks 🙂


    • User: Melanie77

      Posted on: 23/02/2020 at 11:09 pm

      Hi, andrewmorris51, I am a Trip Fiction member! I have participated in the book club several times before 🙂


      1 Comment

      • User: andrewmorris51

        Posted on: 24/02/2020 at 12:48 pm

        Hi Melanie. Indeed you are! So sorry for the confusion, and hoping you enjoy this next #TFBookClub read. All the best. TF’s Andrew


    • User: andrewmorris51

      Posted on: 23/02/2020 at 8:09 pm

      Hi Melanie, don’t forget you need to become a TripFiction member to have a chance of receiving a copy. Follow the link in the bookclub blog! Good luck


  16. User: lapsapchung

    Posted on: 20/02/2020 at 4:09 pm

    I’d love to read this and join in the discussion – paper copy please.