Kazuo Ishiguro looks at our rapidly-changing world through the eyes of a unique narrator to explore a fundamental question: what does it mean to love?

From her place in the store, Klara, an Artificial Friend with outstanding observational qualities, watches carefully the behaviour of those who come in to browse, and of those who pass in the street outside. She remains hopeful that a customer will soon choose her, but when the possibility emerges that her circumstances may change for ever, Klara is warned not to invest too much in the promises of humans.

Longlisted
The 2021 Booker Prize
Published by
Faber & Faber
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Kazuo Ishiguro

Kazuo Ishiguro

About the Author

Kazuo Ishiguro’s works of fiction have earned him many honours around the world, including the Nobel Prize in Literature.
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Listen to an extract from Klara and the Sun

Sura Siu brings the audiobook of Klara and the Sun to life.

Audiobook cover for Klara and the Sun on an orange-coloured background.

What’s beyond doubt is that Ishiguro has written another masterpiece, a work that makes us feel afresh the beauty and fragility of our humanity

Kazuo Ishiguro and Kate Mosse in conversation

Kazuo Ishiguro discussed Klara and the Sun with novelist Kate Mosse in a special event presented by The Reading Agency and the British Library. The event  marked the 10th anniversary of World Book Night, The Reading Agency’s national celebration of books and reading.

Ishiguro talked to Mosse about the inspiration for the novel, and the power of books and reading to bring people together and change lives.

Still of Kazuo Ishiguro on a Zoom call.

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