Autumn reading – Hi! My name is Loco and I am a Racist

My name is Loco and I am a RacistThe last of the three books in my autumn reading series is Hi! My name is Loco and I am a Racist. It’s hard to describe this book – it’s a real one-off. Despite the provocative title I would classify it as an autobiography, by a black man who wants to reach out to other people sincerely and directly and demands that others respond in kind. Continue reading

Autumn reading – Tokyo Hearts

Tokyo HeartsThe second of my three autumn reading books is Tokyo Hearts, a romantic novel set in Tokyo by new writer Renae Lucas-Hall, published in June this year.

It features star-crossed lovers Haruka and Takashi. Like many Japanese girls who love fashion, Haruka is a brand addict and Vuitton, Hermès and Louboutin loom large in her life. She seems well matched with Tokyo style devotee Takashi but the attractions of her rich boyfriend in Kyoto threaten to destroy the romance. It takes an earthquake to make her realise where her true affections lie. Continue reading

Autumn is for reading – Samurai Awakening

Samurai AwakeningIn Japan they say ‘autumn is for sports, autumn is for eating, autumn is for reading’. I’ve done a few posts on sports already and eating is a perennial favourite so I’m going to go for reading and suggest some books you might try. I’ve chosen three; they’re all newly published (in fact the first one is published today), they’re all by foreigners who are living or have lived in Japan and they’re all first books. Those are the similarities – the books themselves are as different as it’s possible to be. Continue reading