Just when I think my Halloween Bingo reading list is stable…

…I wander into Waterstones to pick up a hardback copy of “The Readers Of Broken Wheel Recommend” because my wife and I decided that a book as good as this deserves to be on the shelf and not just on the iPad.  While I’m waiting, Waterstones tempt me with this:

the last children of tokyo

The cover is exquisite. The plot is intriguing;

“Yoshiro thinks he might never die. A hundred years old and counting, he is one of Japan’s many ‘old-elderly’; men and women who remember a time before the air and the sea were poisoned, before terrible catastrophe prompted Japan to shut itself off from the rest of the world. He may live for decades yet, but he knows his beloved great-grandson – born frail and prone to sickness – might not survive to adulthood. Day after day, it takes all of Yoshiro’s sagacity to keep Mumei alive.

As hopes for Japan’s youngest generation fade, a secretive organisation embarks on an audacious plan to find a cure – might Yoshiro’s great-grandson be the key to saving the last children of Tokyo?”

YokoTawadaP1040207It’s by Yōko Tawada, a Japanese writer, currently living in Berlin. She writes in both Japanese and German and is probably best known for her “Memoirs Of A Polar Bear”.

So, “The Last Children Of Tokyo” now becomes my choice for the “Doomsday” square in Halloween Bingo.

I suspect it won’t be the last change.

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