When We Were Orphans
By the Nobel Prize-winning author of The Remains of the Day and Never Let Me Go
Shortlisted for the Booker Prize
England, the 1930s. Christopher Banks has become the country's most celebrated detective, his cases the talk of London society. Yet one unsolved crime has always haunted him: the mysterious disappearance of his parents, in old Shanghai, when he was a small boy. Moving between inter-war London and Shanghai, When We Were Orphans is a remarkable story of memory, intrigue and the need to return.
A novel of memory and loss, set between London of the 1930s and Shanghai between the wars.
Kazuo Ishigurowas born in Nagasaki, Japan, in 1954 and came to Britain at the age of five. He is the author of A Pale View of Hills, An Artist of the Floating World, The Remains of the Day, The Unconsoled, When We Were Orphans, Never Let Me Go and Nocturnes. In 1995 Ishiguro received an OBE for Services to Literature, and in 1998 the French decoration of Chevalier de L'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. He lives in London with his wife and daughter.