Saturday, December 6, 2008


A book of disconcerting proportions - a fat paperback as thick as those abominable airport-bookshop ones with their lurid titles in gold relief lettering. Polished turds most of them.

Shogun however is pretty fab. In spite of its bulk here are very few dull pages in it ...

It is loosely based on the exploits of William Adams - thought to be the first Briton to reach, then feudal, Japan.

Some time ago Giles Milton wrote one of his very palatable popular histories on Adams:

Read the novel first I would suggest, it is a shame to let facts get in the road of a good story.

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