Nagasaki by Susan Southard

On August 9th, 1945, the US dropped an atomic bomb on Nagasaki.

It killed a third of the population instantly, and the survivors, or hibakusha, would be affected by the life-altering medical conditions caused by the radiation for the rest of their lives. They were also marked with the stigma of their exposure to radiation, and fears of the consequences for their children.

Nagasaki follows the previously unknown stories of five survivors and their families, from 1945 to the present day. It captures the full range of pain, fear, bravery and compassion unleashed by the destruction of a city.

We are very excited to see an excellent review of Nagasaki in the TLS. Claire Kohda Hazelton writes that Nagasaki is ‘Beautifully written, unwavering in its confrontation with suffering, and without any censoring of survivors’ accounts, Nagasaki ensures that Taniguchi’s and other hibakusha’s voices are not forgotten.’

As well as these glowing reviews, Nagasaki has received other important endorsements. Jeremy Corbyn wrote: “Susan Southard’s remarkable book… This is indeed a topical but enduringly relevant testament and one that should be read as widely as possible.”

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