June's book

A Dictionary of Mutual Understanding by Jackie Copleton 

This month, we have an emotional, family story rich with historical detail in the form of this debut novel by Jackie Copleton. A mother’s love. A daughter’s courage. And a secret that will tear them apart.

Book Synopsis

Amaterasu Takahashi has spent her life grieving for her daughter Yuko and grandson Hideo, who were victims of the atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki in 1945.



Now a widow living in America, she believes that one man was responsible for her loss; a local doctor who caused an irreparable rift between mother and daughter.



When a man claiming to be Hideo arrives on her doorstep, she is forced to revisit the past; the hurt and humiliation of her early life, the intoxication of a first romance and the realisation that if she had loved her daughter in a different way, she might still be alive today.

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Book reviews

‘Memoirs of a Geisha meets The Piano Teacher’ InStyle

‘Gripping from the first page’ Marie Claire

‘A masterfully written story of loss, hope and forgiveness’ BBC Radio 2

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About Jackie Copleton

Jackie Copleton lived in Nagasaki and Sapporo where she taught English before returning to England and becoming a journalist. A Dictionary of Mutual Understanding is her first novel.