Simon Winchester, author of "A Crack in the Edge of the World" and "The Professor and the Madman"- "The essence of this inexpressibly beautiful story will remain with me, I believe, for the rest of my life. This exquisitely crafted account of the loves and lives of Arthur and Masa, Violet and Kiyoshi - such very ordinary names, yet names that conceal extraordinary passions and confusions - is a tone poem to duty and honour, courage and enduring passion, set against the fantastically rich recent histories of Japan and Ireland, England and France. It is a long time since I have read so moving and haunting a book
Peter Pagnamenta is a television producer and writer who specialises in current affairs and history series. He was the executive producer and writer of People's Century, and a former editor of Panorama and 24 hours. Momoko Williams was born and bought up in Japan. She has over 20 years experience of researching for documentaries, including, The 20th Century, and will translate Arthur's letters.