Released on 13 July 2017.

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The Wind Cannot Read

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1948 Winner

John Llewellyn Rhys Prize


Winner of the 1948 John Llewellyn Rhys Prize

A poignant novel of forbidden love, The Wind Cannot Read is the story of Michael Quinn, an English airman, who falls in love with Sabby, his Japanese teacher, in India during the Second World War. "Enemies" in the eyes of his friends and fellow soldiers, they must keep their romance a secret in the face of great danger. And tragedy awaits them both when Quinn is sent behind enemy lines in Burma . . .

Cinematic in both its scope and depth of feeling, The Wind Cannot Read was made into a film starring Dirk Bogarde and Yoko Tani in 1958.

Richard Mason's descriptive powers are at their zenith in this touching wartime romance, which is a must-read for anyone who loved his timeless bestseller, The World of Suzie Wong.

In the media

A love story that will not cloy
Kirkus, starred review
Freshness, charm, unashamed romanticism
Sunday Times