Iain Maloney is an editor and lectures on writing in Japan. He has degrees in English (Aberdeen University) and Creative Writing (Glasgow University) and has published three novels – The Waves Burn Bright, Silma Hill and First Time Solo.

He reviews regularly for a number of publications including the Japan Times. He moved from Scotland in 2005 and lives in Japan with his wife, Minori. And in March 2020 he has published a new book, The Only Gaijin in the Village, which charts a year of living in rural Japan.

Listen to Iain Maloney on the Read All About It podcast HERE


1. Favourite book from childhood:
Mussolini: His Part in My Downfall by Spike Milligan

2. Favourite book from teenage/formative years:
Complicity by Iain Banks

3. Book you’d recommend to anyone:
Belka, Why Don’t You Bark by Hideo Furukawa

4. A book you couldn’t be paid to read again:
Doctor Sax by Jack Kerouac

5.The last book you’ve read or are currently reading:
A User’s Guide to Make Believe by Jane Alexander