Things are starting to come together for the launch of The Waves Burn Bright in May. The final proofs are done and it should be off to the printer any day now, and I can share a couple of events with you. There will be more to come – at the moment they are embargoed untilContinue reading “The Waves Burn Bright: Events”
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All The News That’s New and Approved
It’s been a pretty good week. The copyedit of The Waves Burn Bright is done and dusted and I’m feeling a lot happier with the text. At this point in the cycle I’m torn between wanting to get the book out into the world as soon as possible and wanting to hang onto it, to keepContinue reading “All The News That’s New and Approved”
Nothing in the Rule Book Interview
Recently the kind folk at http://www.nothingintherulebook.com contacted me about doing an interview and writing an article for their site. The article will appear later in the year but the interview is live now. They asked some tough questions about the ethical responsibility of writers and the realities of life as a writer while the publishingContinue reading “Nothing in the Rule Book Interview”
Reviews: Amy Yamada and Simon Sylvester
As part of the Japan Times ‘Essential Reading for Japanophiles’ series, I’ve taken a look at controversial writer Amy Yamada’s Bedtime Eyes. It’s in the paper today (Sunday 13th December) and online here. My review of Simon Sylvester’s The Visitors from Gutter 13 has also just snuck online here.
Review: The Invitation-Only Zone
Here’s a review I wrote of Robert S. Boynton’s excellent study of North Korea’s abduction program, The Invitation-Only Zone, for the Japan Times. The book isn’t out until January but you can whet your appetite from today.
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.
Nicholas Hogg, Tokyo: A Review
Cargo Publishing are having a great year, bringing out Collete Victor’s What to do With Lobsters in a Place like Klippiesfontein, Andrew Raymond Drennan’s The Limits of the World and now Nicholas Hogg’s Tokyo. Here‘s my review of the latter in the Japan Times.
MacArthur’s Japanese Constitution: A Review
This week in the Japan Times I’m looking at a Kyoko Inoue’s study of the making of the Japanese constitution. Have a read here.
The Sun Gods and The Last Shogun: Reviews
This Sunday I have two reviews in the Japan Times. Jay Rubin is better known as one of Haruki Murakami’s translators, but he has just published his debut novel The Sun Gods. It’s about Japanese internment in American during World War 2 and you can read what I think here. The second piece is on RyotaroContinue reading “The Sun Gods and The Last Shogun: Reviews”
Banana Yoshimoto’s “Amrita”
This Sunday I’ve taken a look at Banana Yoshimoto’s Amrita for the Japan Times. You can read all about it here.