• A beautifully written and far-reaching exploration of Japanese culture from first-time novelist Susan Barker

    Independent on Sunday
  • Barker has given it the pace and excitement of a thriller - or of the manga comics to which Watanabe is addicted. Funny, crisply written and engaging, Sayonora Bar offers sharp insights into some of the less palatable realities of life in 21st century Japan'

    The Times
  • With dry humour and crisp observation, Barker conveys the inner chaos masked by the external regimens of a society where intimacy is contrived, and loyalty is strained. Japan has not, for a long time, been made to seem so accessible, or so remote

    Literary Review
  • New author Susan Barker has set her edgy, sly debut in a hostess lounge

    Elle Megazine
  • A stunningly eclectic debut. Original, often perplexing, always intriguing, Sayonara Bar is a showpiece of breathtaking new talent

    Daily Record

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