Kazuo Ishiguro

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Kazuo Ishiguro is a British author, screenwriter, and director, regarded as one of the most influential authors of our time. Born in Nagasaki, he moved with his family to the UK in 1960. He began writing his first (unpublished) novel in 1976, and in 1979 his short stories started being published in literary magazines. He devoted himself to writing full-time after the publication of his first novel, A Pale View of Hills (1982). He has received numerous prestigious awards, including the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2017, accompanied by the motivation “who, in novels of great emotional force, has uncovered the abyss beneath our illusory sense of connection with the world”.

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    The Fortnight In September

    By R. C. Sherriff

    Recommended by: Kazuo Ishiguro
    Publish Date: 1931
    ‘The story was a simple one: a small suburban family on their annual fortnight’s holiday at Bognor. … It was a day-by-day account of their holiday from their last evening at home until the day they packed their bags for…
  • Crime And Punishment

    By Fyodor Dostoyevsky

    Recommended by: Kazuo Ishiguro
    Publish Date: 1866
    Raskolnikov is a former student living in poverty, who, prompted by utilitarian morality and the belief that expectional individuals are not bound by the same moral code as everyone else, decides to commit a random murder. Despite the lack of…
  • Love In A Cold Climate

    By Nancy Mitford

    Recommended by: Kazuo Ishiguro
    Publish Date: 1949
    This book is the sequel to The Pursuit of Love (1945). Groomed to be married in high society by her mother, Lady Leopoldina ‘Polly’ Hampton is expected to embark on a successful season as a debutante in London. However, she…
  • Mr Wilder And Me

    By Jonathan Coe

    Recommended by: Kazuo Ishiguro

    Publish Date: 2020

    Summer 1977. The young Calista leaves Athens and sets off on an adventure which will lead her to a Greek island that has been turned into a film set. Here, she will start working for famed Hollywood director Billy Wilder,…