‘A remarkable and deeply moving book’ Henry Marsh, bestselling author of Do No Harm
‘A breathtaking, extraordinary work of non-fiction’ Times Literary Supplement
On 11 March 2011, a massive earthquake sent a 120-foot-high tsunami smashing into the coast of north-east Japan. It was Japan’s greatest single loss of life since the atomic bombing of Nagasaki.
Richard Lloyd Parry, an award-winning foreign correspondent, lived through the earthquake in Tokyo, and spent six years reporting from the epicentre. Learning about the lives of those affected through their own personal accounts, he paints a rich picture of the impact the tsunami had on day to day Japanese life.
Heart-breaking and hopeful, this intimate account of a tragedy unveils the unique nuances of Japanese culture, the tsunami’s impact on Japan’s stunning and majestic landscape and the psychology of its people.
Ghosts of the Tsunami is an award-winning classic of literary non-fiction. It tells the moving, evocative story of how a nation faced an unimaginable catastrophe and rebuilt to look towards the future.
**WINNER OF THE RATHBONES FOLIO PRIZE**
The definitive book on the quake which killed more than 15,000 people and led to the Fukushima nuclear disaster.
Every time I think of it, I’m filled with wonderment... This book is a future classic of disaster journalism, up there with John Hersey’s Hiroshima.
Mr Lloyd Parry offers a voice to the grieving who, too often, found it hard to be heard. It is a thoughtful lesson to all societies whose first reaction in the face of adversity is to shut down inquiry and cover up the facts. You will not read a finer work of narrative non-fiction this year.
A stunning book from the man who has a strong claim to be the most compelling non-fiction writer in the world.
A book of absolute, harrowing truth and beauty. I'd give up four of my novels to have written this book.