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Blank Pages, Kind Words, Publisher of the Year

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

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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.

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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

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