Fish Town

Fish Town

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"For years my life had been a string of temporary work in factories and call centres or unemployed. Approaching 30 and disillusioned with life in Glasgow, I sold everything I had and left for a new life in a remote fishing village in Japan. I knew nothing of the language or the strange new land that I would call home for the next seven years. Fish Town is an eye-opening true story that paints the reality of living in Japan as an outsider."

John's debut memoir, written entirely on his phone, reads like a book of poetry or perhaps a long text message. This gifted writer captures the experience of a Scottish man living in Japan - with humor, wit, honesty, and by all means without an ounce of political correctness.

"...Periods of hopelessness and despair are perfectly blended with hilarity and hope, instantly giving off vibes of Post Office by Charles Bukowski. Fagan's delivery is poignant and purposeful, with writing so crisp it's easy to fly through the pages. Truly a book I will never forget." - Aidan Martin, author of Euphoric Recall
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Product details

  • Paperback | 214 pages
  • 127 x 203 x 12mm | 239g
  • United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1838471901
  • 9781838471903
  • 1,310,422

Review quote

"Beginning in a small Japanese fishing town, Fagan reels you in from the first page. One Scotsman's culture shock feels like an unpredictable journey for the reader too. Periods of hopelessness and despair are perfectly blended with hilarity and hope, instantly giving off vibes of Post Office by Charles Bukowski. Fagan's delivery is poignant and purposeful, with writing so crisp it's easy to fly through the pages. Truly a book I will never forget." - Aidan Martin, Euphoric Recall

""Through a series of free-verse snippets, Fagan takes us through his next six years-a time of loneliness, drunkenness, and screwed-upness, leavened by connections with students, other teachers, and (later) a Japanese actress and her cat. What keeps us reading is the way Fagan brings us into the essence of situations. We can smell the fish, feel the sting of miscommunication, suffer each hangover, and savor the successes of this young teacher and writer who finally gets to practice his craft in a professional setting. There aren't many books I could not put down-this is one of them." - Thaddeus Rutkowski, Tricks of Light
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4 30% (3)
3 0% (0)
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