Social psychologist Ben Monroe has returned to Tokyo after a failed marriage, determined to seek out his former lover Kozue. His estranged teenage daughter Mazzy reluctantly flies from California to join him. On the flight she meets a young Japanese man, Koji, a cult survivor, who tells her the story of the luminous night princess Kaguya, a powerful tale of beauty and obsession. As Ben delves deeper into the underworld in search of Kozue, Mazzy and Koji are compelled to follow, and their four lives dangerously intersect as past and present collide.
Exciting and original... If only all 'foreigner in Japan' novels were this good - The Japan Times
Excellent... Hogg writes with a mesmeric quality - The Big Issue
An intelligent, gripping and stylish love story set against a beautifully drawn contemporary Japan - Best Novels of 2015, The Observer
A fine novel - Sebastian Faulks
All the ingredients of classic noir - The Independent
An engaging and pacy plot with entrancing writing in this expertly told dark fable of modern Japan - The Bookseller
An atmospheric noir thriller - Kirkus Reviews
My novel of the year. An unforgettable portrait of the Japanese capital - Tom Holland, The Evening Standard
Time is running out for Inspector James Dent. On the trail of missing singer Billy K, his team has exhausted every lead. The investigation has cost Dent his marriage, his home and possibly his job. All he has left is a copy of Show Me the Sky - the book Billy was reading when he vanished. With only the clothes on his back, Dent himself disappears. From the love letter of a motorcyclist stranded in central Australia, to the seedy streets and brothels of Mombasa, Dent begins to wonder if he is a trailing a man, a ghost, or himself.
An assured and gripping debut - BBC Radio 3
Well researched and exciting... Nicholas Hogg shows that he is a fine storyteller - Waterstone's
His subtle and clever novel weaves together five different narrative strands... plotted so artfully - Big Issue
Hogg performs a full range of literary circus feats - Adelaide Advertiser
Like a four-part harmony, Hogg balances these voices, strengthening the book's message of staying true to one's roots - Sunday Herald
An absorbing exploration of identity, escaping the past, and the urge to return home - Product Magazine
The Authors Cricket Club used to play regularly against teams made up of Publishers and Actors. They last played in 1912, and include among their alumni such greats as PG Wodehouse, Arthur Conan Doyle and JM Barrie. A hundred years on from their last match, Charlie Campbell and Nicholas Hogg have assembled a team of modern-day authors to continue this fine literary and sporting tradition in a nationwide tour in search of the perfect day's cricket. The Authors XI is the story of their season.
Nominated for the MCC and Cricket Society Book of the Year.
A wonderful celebration of the best of games - Sir Michael Parkinson
The Authors' search for the grail should fascinate and amuse anyone with a love for the game - Daily Telegraph
Funny, tender, absorbing and full of delightful surprises - Michael Simkins
Every essay lyrically evokes the still paradise of summer, the beauty of cricket and why the game matters so much - Duncan Hamilton
Most cricket authors are better at cricket than writing. Reversing this principle is a revelation - Simon Barnes
A gem of diverse, entertaining prose from a variety of exceptional wordsmiths - All Out Cricket