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Noriko’s translation arrives

Posted by Susan Tomes on 27 June 2012 under Books, Daily Life  •  2 Comments

Last night I saw the Japanese edition (published by Shunjusha) of my book ‘Out of Silence’ for the first time. Its translator, the concert pianist Noriko Ogawa, flew back from Tokyo yesterday and very nobly came straight from the airport to visit me, bringing me a copy of the book. What a strange feeling, to […]




Negative reviews

Posted by Susan Tomes on 24 June 2012 under Books, Concerts, Reviews  •  2 Comments

On this morning’s ‘A Point of View’ on Radio 4, Adam Gopnik shared some amusing thoughts about how authors deal with negative reviews. He described how many authors write fierce late-night responses and reubuttals, which they’re usually dissuaded from sending. He concluded that it is much more elegant to wait a while and then write […]




‘Out of Silence’ comes out in Japanese

Posted by Susan Tomes on 15 June 2012 under Books, Inspirations  •  Leave a comment

Today in Tokyo, the first copies of Noriko Ogawa’s translation of my book ‘Out of Silence’ roll off the press. The cover (see photo) is much the same as the British edition’s, but my name appears in Japanese, with Noriko’s name alongside it as translator. I feel immensely grateful to Noriko for undertaking this huge and […]




My youngest reader

Posted by Susan Tomes on 15 March 2012 under Books, Daily Life, Travel  •  Leave a comment

Noriko Ogawa has finished translating my book ‘Out of Silence’ into Japanese, after more than a year’s work. As Noriko zooms about the world, she and her editor in Tokyo have been corresponding about the precise choice of words and the appropriate tone, and I have been watching helplessly from the sidelines because I don’t speak Japanese […]




My Japanese colleagues

Posted by Susan Tomes on 4 January 2012 under Books, Daily Life, Inspirations  •  Leave a comment

Over New Year I have been corresponding quite a bit with pianist Noriko Ogawa, who has almost finished translating my book ‘Out of Silence’ into Japanese. Though I am really looking forward to the Japanese edition, due out in spring, I am rather sorry that the stream of interesting questions from Noriko will now dry […]