Please Enjoy Your Happiness

A Memoir

3.65 based on 136 ratings & 40 reviews on

Publication date: 28.01.2016
ISBN: 9781509806058
Number of pages: 0


Please Enjoy Your Happiness is a beautifully written coming-of-age memoir based on the English author's summer-long love affair with a remarkable older Japanese woman. Whilst serving as a seaman at the age of nineteen, Paul Brinkley-Rogers met Kaji Yukiko, a sophisticated, highly intellectual Japanese woman, who was on the run from her vicious gangster boyfriend, a member of Japan's brutal crime syndicate the yakuza.

Trying to create a perfect experience of purity, she took him under her wing, sharing their love of poetry, cinema and music and many an afternoon at the Mozart Café. Brinkley-Rogers, now in his seventies, re-reads Yukiko's letters and finally recognizes her as the love of his life, receiving at last the gifts she tried to bestow on him. Reaching across time and continents, Brinkley-Rogers shows us how to reclaim a lost love, inviting us all to celebrate those loves of our lives that never do end.

In the media

A moving memoir exploring the lasting imprint of his first love
The Lady
Daily Express
A rare and beautiful love story . . . As startling and memorable as fiction and ripe for film adaptation