Haruki Murakami


Haruki Murakami was born in Kyoto in 1949 and now lives near Tokyo. He is the author of many novels as well as short stories and non-fiction. His works include Norwegian Wood, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, Kafka On The Shore, After Dark, 1Q84 and What I Talk About When I Talk About Running. His most recent novel is Colorless Tsukuru and His Years of Pilgrimage. His work has been translated into more than fifty languages, and the most recent of his many international honours is the Jerusalem Prize, whose previous recipients include J.M. Coetzee, Milan Kundera and V.S. Naipaul.

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Do you know the feeling when you finish reading a book and you can’t help but want more? Even if the ending is tied up nicely, you want to stay longer in the world, reading about the characters you have grown to love. Whether it’s a sequel, a companion novel or the same story written from the view of another character, – we’ve found seven books we feel we definitely need more of.

Brett Osmond is the Marketing & Publicity Director and Head of Digital for ANZ at Random House Australia. A lifelong lover of reading, he’s picked the 10 books that changed his outlook on life.

Books by Haruki Murakami

  • The Strange Library, Haruki Murakami 0 stars 0 comments
    The Strange Library
    by Haruki Murakami

    Published: 02/12/2014

    Fully illustrated and beautifully designed, this is a unique and wonderfully creepy tale that is sure to delight Murakami fans.

  • Kafka On The Shore (Vintage Magic), Haruki Murakami 4 stars 3 comments
    Kafka On The Shore (Vintage Magic)
    by Haruki Murakami

    Published: 01/12/2014

    October 2014 sees the publication of the Vintage Magic collection: nine mesmerizing novels that explore all aspects of the supernatural and the fantastical.'I think of rivers, of tides. Forests and water gushing out. Rain and lightning. Rocks and shadows. All of these are in me'

  • Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage, Haruki Murakami 5 stars 6 comments
    Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage
    by Haruki Murakami

    Published: 12/08/2014

    A mesmerising mystery story about friendship from the internationally bestselling author of Norwegian Wood

  • 1Q84: Books 1, 2 and 3, Haruki Murakami 4 stars 2 comments
    1Q84: Books 1, 2 and 3
    by Haruki Murakami

    Published: 04/07/2013

    A mesmerising, epic, utterly involving masterpiece from Haruki Murakami

  • Murakami Diary, Haruki Murakami 5 stars 1 comments
    Murakami Diary
    by Haruki Murakami

    Published: 15/11/2012

    A stylish calendar app for 2013 that enables you to inhabit Murakami’s beguiling fictional universe all year round.

  • 1Q84: Book 3, Haruki Murakami 5 stars 3 comments
    1Q84: Book 3
    by Haruki Murakami

    Published: 15/08/2012

    The final part of Murakami's gripping, sensational mystery story

  • 1Q84: Books 1 and 2, Haruki Murakami 5 stars 5 comments
    1Q84: Books 1 and 2
    by Haruki Murakami

    Published: 15/08/2012

    'The international bestseller from one of the world's greatest living novelists' - Guardian Shortlisted for the 2013 IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.

  • Norwegian Wood, Haruki Murakami 4 stars 2 comments
    Norwegian Wood
    by Haruki Murakami

    Published: 01/06/2011

    The release of the film tie-in edition of Murakiam’s coming-of-age cult classic of love and loss is to coincide with the new major motion picture starring Rinko Kikuchi (‘Babel’).

  • The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, Haruki Murakami 4 stars 1 comments
    The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle
    by Haruki Murakami

    Published: 01/12/2010

    ONE OF FIVE NEW VINTAGE FUTURE CLASSIC READING GUIDE EDITIONS

  • What I Talk About When I Talk About Running, Haruki Murakami 4 stars 2 comments
    What I Talk About When I Talk About Running
    by Haruki Murakami

    Published: 01/06/2009

    The first, fascinating insight into the life of this internationally bestselling writer

  • Murakami Diary, Haruki Murakami 0 stars 0 comments
    Murakami Diary
    by Haruki Murakami

    Published: 01/10/2008

    Murakami's fictional world has been called beautiful, bizarre and endlessly beguiling - now you can inhabit it all year round

  • After Dark, Haruki Murakami 4 stars 1 comments
    After Dark
    by Haruki Murakami

    Published: 02/06/2008

    Reality bends all the more acutely with lack of sleep in this stunning new novel from the master of the surreal.

  • Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman, Haruki Murakami 0 stars 0 comments
    Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman
    by Haruki Murakami

    Published: 02/07/2007

    An eclectic, eccentiric and altogether brain-bending new collection of short stories from the cult Japanese author.

  • Birthday Stories: Selected and Introduced by Haruki Murakami, Haruki Murakami 0 stars 0 comments
    Birthday Stories: Selected and Introduced by Haruki Murakami
    by Haruki Murakami

    Published: 01/08/2006

    A collection of twelve birthday stories from some of the most distinguished authors of recent years. Selected and introduced by Haruki Murakami.

  • Kafka On The Shore, Haruki Murakami 4 stars 4 comments
    Kafka On The Shore
    by Haruki Murakami

    Published: 03/10/2005

    An unusual and mesmerising novel from the cult Japanese author

  • Underground, Haruki Murakami 0 stars 0 comments
    Underground
    by Haruki Murakami

    Published: 03/11/2003

    'Murakami shares with Alfred Hitchcock a fascination for ordinary people being suddenly plucked by extraordinary circumstances from their daily lives' Sunday Telegraph

  • A Wild Sheep Chase, Haruki Murakami 5 stars 1 comments
    A Wild Sheep Chase
    by Haruki Murakami

    Published: 01/04/2003

    'Murakami must already rank among the world's greatest living novelists' Guardian

  • After The Quake, Haruki Murakami 0 stars 0 comments
    After The Quake
    by Haruki Murakami

    Published: 01/04/2003

    'How does Murakami manage to make poetry while writing of contemporary life and emotions? I am weak-kneed with admiration' Independent on Sunday

  • Dance Dance Dance, Haruki Murakami 5 stars 1 comments
    Dance Dance Dance
    by Haruki Murakami

    Published: 01/04/2003

    'If Raymond Chandler had lived long enough to see Blade Runner, he might have written something like Dance Dance Dance' Observer

  • Hard-Boiled Wonderland And The End Of The World, Haruki Murakami 4 stars 3 comments
    Hard-Boiled Wonderland And The End Of The World
    by Haruki Murakami

    Published: 01/04/2003

    'His fantasies, with their easy reference to western pulp fiction and music, retain a beauty of the mind' Guardian

  • South Of The Border, West Of The Sun, Haruki Murakami 5 stars 3 comments
    South Of The Border, West Of The Sun
    by Haruki Murakami

    Published: 01/04/2003

    'A story of love in a cool climate, intensely romantic and weepily beautiful-it is startlingly different: a true original' Guardian

  • The Elephant Vanishes, Haruki Murakami 0 stars 0 comments
    The Elephant Vanishes
    by Haruki Murakami

    Published: 01/04/2003

    'A remarkable writer-he captures the common ache of contemporary heart and head' Jay McInerney

  • Sputnik Sweetheart, Haruki Murakami 4 stars 1 comments
    Sputnik Sweetheart
    by Haruki Murakami

    Published: 01/11/2002

    'In the spring of her 22nd year, Sumire fell in love for the first time in her life. An intense love, a veritable tornado sweeping across the plains - flattening everything in its path, tossing things up in the air, ripping them to shreds, crushing them to bits' Sputnik Sweetheart