Tokyo Nobody

Nicholas Hogg

Social psychologist Ben Monroe has returned to Tokyo after a failed marriage, determined to seek out his former lover Kozue. His estranged teenage daughter Mazzy reluctantly flies from California to join him. On the flight she meets a young Japanese man, Koji, a cult survivor, who tells her the story of the luminous night princess Kaguya, a powerful tale of beauty and obsession. As Ben delves deeper into the underworld in search of Kozue, Mazzy and Koji are compelled to follow, and their four lives dangerously intersect as past and present collide.


ISBN: 9781800752238

Published: September 7, 2023


ISBN: 9781800752245

Published: September 15, 2022


Reviews for Tokyo Nobody

‘An intelligent, gripping and stylish love story set against a beautifully drawn contemporary Japan’ – Observer Books of the Year

A fine novel’ – Sebastian Faulks

‘My novel of the year was Nicholas Hogg’s Tokyo, which blends themes of deracination and erotic obsession to give an unforgettable portrait of the Japanese capital’ – Tom Holland, Evening Standard

‘Exciting and original … If only all ‘foreigner in Japan’ novels were this good’ – Japan Times

‘Excellent … Hogg writes with a mesmeric quality’ – Big Issue

All the ingredients of classic noir’ – The Independent

‘Hogg balances an engaging and pacy plot with entrancing writing in this expertly told dark fable of modern Japan’ – Bookseller


Nicholas Hogg

Nicholas Hogg was born in Leicester. After graduating with a psychology degree he travelled widely, living in the USA, New Zealand, and Japan. When he first moved to Tokyo he worked as an English teacher and an actor, appearing in television shows, adverts and in a hit computer game as a zombie. He then became press officer for a Japanese NGO ship and sailed around the world three times, reporting on global development issues. His debut novel, Show Me The Sky, was nominated for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, and his acclaimed short stories have won numerous prizes and been broadcast by the BBC.