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The Only Gaijin in the Village Paperback – 5 May 2020

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Product details

  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 256 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 184697514X
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1846975141
  • Customer reviews:
    3.2 out of 5 stars 7 ratings

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a delightful tumble into village life, complete with a vivid cast of characters and a beautiful sense of place'
Elsa Maishman, Scotsman

A gently quirky memoir'
Canberra Times

A perfect read for the novice of Japanese culture. … Bold, humorous and current'
Japan Society

a treasure ... written with affection, insight and a lot of humour'
Ali Hull, Sorted Magazine

Expats in Japan will laugh out loud at many of Maloney's experiences as he struggles to fit into Japanese village life. Maloney writes with panache and finds humor in even the most mundane circumstances'
Books on Asia

Laugh-out-loud lessons from Japan's proud countryside – layered with shrewd observations about race, gender and generation, and cultural asides, all glued together with levity and distinctive social commentary... a thought-provoking, lively examination of one immigrant’s quest to create a new home outside his country of birth'
The Japan Times

n a world fascinated by the bright lights of Tokyo The Only Gaijin in the Village offers a new and welcome perspective of life in Japan'
Geographical Magazine

Radiant with an infectious enthusiasm for life, Scottish writer Iain Maloney has created a playful, powerful page-turner in The Only Gaijin in the Village, a brilliant blend of memoir and travel writing at its most edifyingly entertaining'

Scottish writer Iain Maloney is far from home in this funny and uplifting read. Having decided to setting in a rural Japanese village, Iain and his wide imagine a world of pastoral delights – they meet bird-sized bees and hawk-eyed neighbours instead'
Wanderlust Magazine

This book is extraordinary. It is a tour de force. It is a funny, committed and impassioned account of how a young Scots writer came to the decision that he would spend the rest of his life in rural Japan... a hymn of praise about the joys of living in Japan as a foreigner, a gaijin. He is the only gaijin in the village and he loves it'

This book is guaranteed to make you laugh, but its emotional moments hit hard and by the end, you’ll feel like you’ve made a friend'

About the Author

Iain Maloney is a lecturer in Foreign Studies at Nagoya University of Foreign Studies, Japan. He has degrees in English (Aberdeen) and Creative Writing (Glasgow) and has published three novels. He reviews regularly for a number of publications including the Japan Times. He moved from Scotland ten years ago as a TEFL teacher and lives in rural Japan with his wife, Minori.

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