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Winner of the Rathbones Folio Prize 2018 
On 11 March 2011, a massive earthquake sent a 120-foot-high tsunami smashing into the coast of Northeast Japan. By the time the sea retreated, more than 18,000 people had been crushed, burned to death, or drowned. 
It was Japan's greatest single loss of life since the atomic bombing of Nagasaki. It set off a national crisis and the meltdown of a nuclear power plant. And even after the immediate emergency had abated, the trauma of the disaster continued to express itself in bizarre and mysterious ways. 
Richard Lloyd Parry, an award-winning foreign correspondent, lived through the earthquake in Tokyo and spent six years reporting from the disaster zone. There he encountered stories of ghosts and hauntings. He met a priest who performed exorcisms on people possessed by the spirits of the dead. And he found himself drawn back again and again to a village which had suffered the greatest loss of all, a community tormented by unbearable mysteries of its own. 
What really happened to the local children as they waited in the school playground in the moments before the tsunami? Why did their teachers not evacuate them to safety? And why was the unbearable truth being so stubbornly covered up? 
Ghosts of the Tsunami is a classic of literary nonfiction, a heartbreaking and intimate account of an epic tragedy told through the personal accounts of those who lived through it. It tells the story of how a nation faced a catastrophe and the bleak struggle to find consolation in the ruins. 
©2017 Richard Lloyd Parry (P)2017 Audible, Ltd
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By michael padden on 20-01-2018

Enlightening

Over the years, i have often thought about the victims of the tsunami and their stories and how the survivors have regained some semblance of a normal life. This beautifully narrated insight has indeed satisfied my curiosity. The plight of the Japanese during and after this tragic disaster will always now be part of my consciousness. A remarkable book!

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By Mark on 30-10-2017

sublime

the whole nature of human existence, joy and sadness, poverty and riches is here. I was truly humbled and reminded how fortunate I am. Sounds corny but thats how I feel.

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By Steve Tipper on 20-10-2017

great read, factual and informative

Really enjoyed listening to this book, well written and goes to the core of humanity when disaster strikes. full range of emotions with a deeply spirtual twist

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