My favourite author is Japanese novelist, Haruki Murakami. There are some amazing writers, but when it comes down to it, I can’t envisage anyone ever supplanting him for me as a reader. So first and foremost, if you are unfamiliar with the man, and his work, please do yourself a favour and read some of his books. I cannot stress enough how important it is that you do. I am convinced that no matter who you are, there is value for everyone in what he writes. He writes of the normal, the everyday, but also the incredible. He weaves the mundane and the isolated loneliness of contemporary living with little sparks of the incredible and surreal. For Murakami, around every corner, behind every closed door, just beyond your view are elements of the surreal and the magical.
Murakami walks a line that is at once unpretentious and simultaneously cultured; he writes compellingly, vitally and evocatively of the ordinary. He commands your interest with scenes that honestly should not be as memorable as they are. Read More »