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SYP London – February Book Club – Hokkaido Highway Blues: Hitchhiking Japan by Will Ferguson

Monthly Book Club organised by The Society of Young Publishers committee in the bustling heart of London City. Turn up to a central London venue and share your thoughts on the book of the month… Wile away the hours sipping tea (or cocktails!) and have a good old argument about plot, character, genre and anything else that comes to mind. Each month is a different genre and you can put your favourite book forward for reading via our twitter feed.


Date: Monday, 19th February 2018

Location: Mabel’s Bar, Covent Garden

Genre: Travel Writing

Title: Hokkaido Highway Blues: Hitchhiking Japan by Will Ferguson

Synopsis: The book follows Will Ferguson as he hitchhikes 1,800 miles north through Japan following the Cherry Blossom Front (Sakura Zensen). The arrival of the blossom is a national event in Japan, eagerly tracked on television bulletins, and besides marking the end of winter and the start of the business cycle it facilitates a burst of heavy drinking disguised as a communal meditation on transience.

Surveying the country from the not quite private, not quite public, position of the passenger seat, Ferguson sees the Japan not written about in guide books, but gets to the heart of this intriguing and contradictory country. This is a laugh out loud, warm-hearted account with a generous helping of satire.


If you are planning on attending this month, please RSPV to syp.londonbookclub@gmail.com. This is just to give us an idea of numbers, but please feel free to come along even if you don’t get round to letting us know – all are welcome!

Event Details

February 19
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Mabel’s Bar Covent Garden Market, 29-30 Maiden Lane
London, WC2E 7JS United Kingdom