From the Back Cover
A modern epic
A heart-breaking love story
An unforgettable journey of the spirit
The year is 1858. Thomas Glover is a restless young man with dreams of escape. Abandoning his childhood sweetheart, he takes a posting as a trader in Japan. Within ten years he earns a great fortune, learns the ways of the Samurai and helps to overthrow the Shogun.
Yet beneath his astonishing success lies a man cut to the heart by an affair with a beautiful courtesan, a lover who, unknown to Glover, would bear him a son.
'Not merely an engaging and vivid historical novel, but also a meditative work of art that is as finely honed as a Samurai's sword.'
John Burnside, The Times
'Rattles along, grounded in historical research and filled with emotional truths.'
'Astonishing in its breadth, depth and ambition . . . a beautifully written modern epic.'
Winner of the Glenfiddich Award