Author of the Month: Haruki Murakami

Haruki Murakami was born in 1949 to middle class parents in Kyoto, the cultural capital of Japan. Some of Murakami’s most notable works include The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle (1995) which won the Yomiuri Literary Award and Kafka on the Shore (2002) which received a World Fantasy Award for its English translation in 2006. Murakami has also received a Hans Christian Anderson Award (2016) and an America Award in Literature (2018) for lifetime achievement in writing.

Author of the Month: Marian Keyes

Marian Keyes is an Irish author born in 1963, who grew up in and around Dublin as part of a large family. Keyes is the British Book Awards Author of the Year 2022, recognised for her ‘expert storytelling, incredible warmth of heart, and significant contributions to the publishing industry over three decades of writing’.

Author of the Month: Ian McEwan

Ian McEwan’s novels are as diverse as his upbringing. Born in Hampshire in 1948, his childhood was a transient one, spent moving between east Asia, Germany and north Africa, following his father’s military postings. His similarly wide-roaming career has positioned him as one of Britain’s foremost literary voices. 

Kazuo Ishiguro

Kazuo Ishiguro was born in Nagasaki, Japan, in 1954 and moved to Britain at the age of five. His fiction has earned him many honours around the world, including the Nobel Prize in Literature and the Booker Prize. His novels have been translated into over fifty languages and The Remains of the Day, Never Let… Continue reading Kazuo Ishiguro

Jan Morris

The greatest distance travelled by Jan Morris, was not across the Earth’s surface but from being newspaper reporter James Morris to the female voyager and historian Jan Morris. The Guardian James’ Morris post-war career as a journalist, writing for The Times and the Manchester Guardian, was balanced with time spent researching and writing travel books,… Continue reading Jan Morris

Virginia Woolf

Virginia Woolf (1882–1941) remains one of the most innovative writers of the 20th century. Alongside her novels, Woolf was a prolific creator of essays, diaries, letters and biographies, capturing the changing world around her in her focus on the themes of transformation in gender roles, sexuality and class. Woolf was outspoken in her writing on… Continue reading Virginia Woolf