Commissioned by PENGUIN RANDOM HOUSE, author Chris Harding narrated his fascinating history of Japan at the studio in 2020. The entire audio book was over 15 hours in length and took 5 days to record. The final edit was done by Penguin Random House.
The Times - "A marvellous study of a nation in 20 memorable characters. “Who are the Japanese?” Christopher Harding asks with exemplary directness in the opening sentence of his skilled, ambitious, often brilliant attempt to keep up with the weird goings on that constitute the history of Japan.
Japan is so strange that even the strangeness itself manages to feel unusual. I’ve been to plenty of strange places in my time, but none felt as different as Japan. In other places, the strangenesses are big and unmissable: matters of costume and custom. With Japan, most of the weirdness lurks iceberg-like beneath the surface. Any foolhardy gaijin attempting to make sense of stuff so senseless it isn’t even visible has their work cut out.".