28 January 2019

The Penguin Classics Book Club will be hosted on our Facebook and Twitter pages, and you can explore and join the conversation using the hashtag #ClassicsClub. We'll announce the next pick ahead of each new quarter to give you enough time to get a copy before we start exploring it.

This season's classic book

Territory of Light is the radiant story of a young woman, living alone in Tokyo with her two-year-old daughter. Its twelve chapters follow the first year of the narrator's separation from her husband. The novel is full of light, sometimes comforting and sometimes dangerous: sunlight streaming through windows, dappled light in the park, distant fireworks, dazzling floodwater, de-saturated streetlamps and mysterious explosions. The delicate prose is beautifully patterned: the cumulative effect is disarmingly powerful and bright after-images remain in your mind for a long time.

'Wonderfully poetic ... extraordinary freshness ... a Virginia Woolf quality' - Margaret Drabble

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