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Hitomi Kanehara
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Hitomi Kanehara

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Hitomi Kanehara is the author of Snakes and Earrings which won the top Japanese literary award, the Akutagawa Prize. One of the judges, celebrated writer Ryu Murakami, said her book was 'easily the top choice, receiving the highest marks of any work since I became a member of the selection panel'. The Japanese edition of Snakes and Earrings has since topped bestseller lists and sold over a million copies.

Books by Hitomi Kanehara


A Japanese Skins, revealing the dark, dangerous and drink-fuelled underbelly of teenage life. This is the sensational follow up to the award winning Snakes andEarrings: a compelling and often disturbing novel by a startlingly original Japanese author

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