Lian Hearn studied modern languages at Oxford University and worked as a film critic and arts editor in London before settling in Australia. A lifelong interest in Japan led to the study of the Japanese language, many trips to Japan, and culminated in the Tales of the Otori series.
Lian Hearn, author of Tales of the Otori and the epic new series Emperor of the Eight Islands, describes a visit to the snowy mountains of the Tohoku region in search of an authentic sense of ancient Japan.
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Lian Hearn, author of Tales of the Otori, introduces you to her epic new adventure, The Tale of Shikanoko.