On New Year's Eve, the Takano family prepare to welcome in 1940, the Year of the Dragon.
Michael Maloney reads from the novel by Andrew Miller.
Tokyo, 1940: With Japan's war with China escalating and the threat of conscription in the air, the Takano family begin to feel the new mood of nationalism close in on them.
On New Year's Eve, Yuji Takano and his family prepare to welcome in 1940, the Year of the Dragon.
Yuji, an aspiring poet, must find new ways of supporting himself, but the French Club at Monsieur Feneon's house has always been a source of escape.
For Alissa Feneon and Yuji, a visit to the theatre is just the start of the evening.
Yuji meets the mysterious novelist Ishihara, as the wars in Europe and China move ever closer to home.
Yuji meets the mysterious novelist Ishihara, as the war moves ever closer to home.
Yuji's friend Junzo has enlisted in the war, but while one young man prepares to fight in China, another is soon to return from the front.
Life is changing fast for Yuji in wartime Tokyo.
His friend Junzo is in the army, his neighbour Saburo returns from the front with incredible stories and Monsieur Feneon's house has been raided by the secret police.
But where is Alissa Feneon?
Monsieur Feneon's house has been raided by the secret police.
While on night duty looking out for fires in his neighbourhood, an unexpected meeting changes the course of Yuji's life.
An unexpected meeting changes the course of Yuji's life.
Having learned that Alissa is pregnant, Yuji must now face her father.
Yuji, Alissa and their new baby son return to Tokyo.
But the family life they cherish cannot go on indefinitely.
The family life that Yuji and Alissa cherish with their new son cannot go on indefinitely.
Michael Maloney reads from the novel by Andrew Miller set in Tokyo during World War II.
With Alissa and Emile on their way to Singapore and Ishihara's group drawing him closer to them, Yuji makes some life-changing decisions.
With Alissa and Emile on their way to Singapore, Yuji makes some life-changing decisions.