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Renaissance Books provides a platform for authors in the fields of reference, memoir, fiction, literature and literary studies that speak to our scholarly interest in East-West cultures and traditions.


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Anjin - The Life and Times of Samurai William Adams, 1564-1620. As Seen Through Japanese Eyes

Anjin - The Life and Times of Samurai William Adams 1564-1620 As Seen Through Japanese Eyes

Hiromi T. Rogers

ISBN: 978-1-898823-22-3


This is a highly readable account of Adams’ voyage to and twenty years in Japan, told for the first time from a Japanese perspective, and  enriched  by detailed observations of Japanese culture and society at this time. New light is shed on Adams’ relations with the Dutch and his countrymen, including the disastrous relationship with Captain John Saris, the key role likely to have been played by the munitions, including cannon, removed from Adams’ ship De Liefde in the great battle of Sekigahara (September 1600), as well as the shipbuilding skills that enabled Japan to advance its international maritime ambitions. This is the real story that inspired James Clavell’s Shogun


My Shanghai, 1942-1946. A Novel

My Shanghai 1942-1946 A Novel

Keiko Itoh

ISBN: 978-1-898823-23-0


It is 1942. Shanghai after Pearl Harbor. Newly-arrived Eiko Kishimoto, a twenty-year-old, London-educated Japanese housewife, settles into a privileged existence in the French Concession as a member of the community of the Occupying Power. Initially, her days are filled with the rich fare of high society life, amidst an ebullient, cosmopolitan community that makes up Shanghai.


Cantankerous Essays. Musings of a Disillusioned Japanophile

Cantankerous Essays Musings of a Disillusioned Japanophile

Ron Dore

ISBN: 978-1-898823-19-3


After six decades following developments in Japanese society, economy and culture and as a well-known ‘leftie’ – the author describes the evolution of his cognitive and evaluative/emotional perceptions of Japan, and explains why he can no longer be described as a ‘Japanophile’.  To which are added essays on more general issues of the present day, such as events in the Ukraine, Iran and Israel, the ‘Piketty boom’, Japan and China, Japan and North Korea and the ‘new Cold Wars’


An Image of the Times. An Irreverent Companion to Ben Jonson's Four Humours and the Art of Diplomacy

An Image of the Times An Irreverent Companion to Ben Jonsons Four Humours and the Art of Diplomacy

Nils-Johan Jorgensen

ISBN: 978-1-898823-17-9


Here is a witty and learned literary excursion into the world of humour and comic literature as revealed inter alia by the works of Shakespeare, Ben Jonson, Oliver Goldsmith and Henry Fielding – leading in the second half to some glorious insights and observations provided by the author’s life experience in the world of diplomacy. It is a rich and fascinating mix of literary idiom, the theatre of the absurd and the comic element of the human condition.


Magnolia. A Novel

Magnolia A Novel

Agnita Tennant

ISBN: 978-1-898823-18-6


Here is an extraordinary love story that speaks to the crisis of separation and scorn, love and hate, following the Korean War ceasefire in July 1953. Four years later, Sukey, a graduate with much promise, falls in love with Kwon, a man who confesses to having been a North Korean spy. Although hostilities are over, enmity towards the North is the social norm and deeply entrenched.  With anti-spy campaigns, street searches, and arrests of any suspect, citizens are urged to be vigilant and to report on any suspicious goings-on.


Rhythms, Rites and Rituals. My Life in Japan in Two-step and Waltz-time

Rhythms Rites and Rituals My Life in Japan in Two-step and Waltz-time

Dorothy Britton

ISBN: 978-1-898823-17-9


Including  a description of her survival as a small child in Japan’s Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923, this book is an enthralling account of the late Dorothy Britton’s life, loves and experiences in an amazingly varied life and career. Amusing episodes and stories of fascinating people and relationships abound in the book, as do valuable insights into topics such as the post-war Occupation and its impact on everyday life, the role of women, learning Japanese, marriage customs, food and many other aspects of Japanese culture and society.