The Occupation had a hangover, but still the Occupation went to work. Tokyo, July 1949, President Shimoyama, Head of the National Railways of Japan, goes missing just a day after serving notice of 30,000 job losses. In the midst of the US Occupation, against the backdrop of widespread social, political and economic reforms - as tensions and confusion reign - American Detective Harry Sweeney leads the missing person''s investigation for General MacArthur''s GHQ. Some men go mad, some men go missing . Fifteen years later and Tokyo is booming. As the city prepares for the 1964 Olympics and the global spotlight, Hideki Murota, a former policeman during the Occupation period, and now a private investigator, is given a case which forces him to go back to confront a time, a place and a crime he''s been hiding from for the past fifteen years. Some men do both . Over twenty years later, in the autumn and winter of 1988, as the Emperor Showa is dying, Donald Reichenbach, an aging American, eking out a living teaching and translating, sits drinking by the Shinobazu Pond in Ueno, knowing the final reckoning of the greatest mystery of the Showa Era is down to him.
Ryunosuke Akutagawa was one of Japan's great writers - author of the stories 'Rashomon' and 'In a Bamboo Grove', most famously - who lived through Japan's turbulent Taisho period of 1912 to 1926, including the devastating 1923 Earthquake, only to take his own life at the age of just thirty-five in 1927. These are the stories of Patient X in one of our iron castles. He will tell his tales to anyone with the ears and the time to listen - Inspired and informed by Akutagawa's stories, essays and letters, David Peace has fashioned a most extraordinary novel of tales. An intense, passionate, haunting paean to one writer, it also thrillingly explores the act and obsession of writing itself, and the role of the artist, both in public and private life, in times which darkly mirror our own.
In 1959, Liverpool Football Club were in the Second Division. Fifteen seasons later, Liverpool Football Club had won three League titles, two FA Cups and the UEFA Cup. Their manager was Bill Shankly. This book tells the story of the rise of Liverpool Football Club and Bill Shankly.
Ryuosuke Akutagawa was one of Japan's great writers. He lived through Japan's turbulent Taisho period, including the devastating 1923 earthquake, only to take his own life at the age of just thirty-five in 1927. Inpsired by Akutagawa's stories, essays and letters, David Peace has fashioned an extraordinary novel of tales. An intense, passionate, haunting paean to one writer, it also thrillingly explores the act of writing itself, and the role of the artist, both in public and private life, in times which darkly mirror our own.
Modern fictionPart one of David Peace's Tokyo Trilogy set in August 1946, one year on from Japan's surrender. The novel opens with the discovery of the bodies of 2 young women, and Detective Minami is reluctantly drawn into the case. It follows the cult success of Peace's The Damned Utd and the second in the series is due in autumn 2009.
Modern fictionSecond in the Tokyo Trilogy, following on from the success of the Red Riding quartet. In Tokyo, 1948, a man enters a downtown bank claiming to be a doctor treating an outbreak of dysentery. He gives the staff a drink, and when they wake up, the man and most of the bank's money is gone. So begins to biggest manhunt in Japanese history.
Modern fiction An extraordinarily inventive novel following Brian Clough's reign as manager of Leeds United in the 1970s. Home to a generation of competitive but ageing players, the battle he faces would make or break the club - or him. The turmoil of the game's most charismatic and controversial manager is painted with a lyrical sensibility. 'The boy done brilliant.' The Guardian.