Set in Japan in the run-up to Pearl Harbour, the mesmerising tale of a young man forced to make life-changing decisions, by one of Britain's most highly acclaimed writers
Andrew Miller's first novel, Ingenious Pain, was published by Sceptre in 1997 and greeted as the debut of an outstanding new writer. It won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and the Grinzane Cavour Prize for the best foreign novel published in Italy. It has been followed by Casanova, Oxygen, which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize and the Whitbread Novel of the Year Award in 2001, The Optimists, One Morning Like A Bird, Pure, which won the Costa Book of the Year Award 2011, and The Crossing. Andrew Miller's novels have been published in translation in twenty countries. Born in Bristol in 1960, he currently lives in Somerset.
A revelatory perspective on an Eastern city in the second world war
... The prose is as delicate as a Japanese print * Sunday Times
Miller's Japanese characters are densely believable, and his recreation of their world is a real achievement * Guardian *
A quite beautifully written coming-of-age novel with a completely convincing Japanese hero * Daily Mail *
Miller's writing is cinematic; it has a heightened visual sense and it shifts smoothly from dialogue to mood to location * TLS *