The year is winding down which means in Japan the temperature has dropped at least ten degrees overnight and the hot-water bottles have come out of storage. The Japanese claim to have four seasons but really spring and autumn are just transitional periods between an insanely hot and humid summer and a winter colder thanContinue reading “Blank Pages, Kind Words, Publisher of the Year”
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A Dictionary of Mutual Understanding
It’s been a while, but I’m back into the reviewing with Jackie Copleton’s debut novel A Dictionary of Mutual Understanding. It’s a sensual, moving book about a woman who survives the atomic bombing of Nagasaki. Read my Japan Times review here.
New Books by Wonderful Writers
I’ve had a week off work and, writing half a short story aside, have been letting my mind unwind from the exertions of finishing the last novel. Mainly I’ve spent my time lying in the park reading. Near our apartment there’s an ancient burial mound (Jomon period, roughly 1000BCE – 300BCE) that makes for aContinue reading “New Books by Wonderful Writers”