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Publication date: March 2019
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A Tokyo-based thriller

When Ray is sacked from his job he goes to Japan hoping to start his life afresh. Things begin well when he lands a job as an English teacher and finds a beautiful girlfriend, Tomoe. But his world is turned upside down when Tomoe’s father is found dead.

Adamant his death was a murder, Tomoe sets out after his killers, a search Ray is desperate to avoid. But when Tomoe goes missing Ray is forced to act. In his quest to find her he’s dragged into the ‘floating world’ – a place of corrupt politicians, yakuza, sumo wrestlers and call-girls - living out an adventure that echoes his dreams of Tokyo’s feudal past.

It’s an adventure guaranteed to bring further loss of life and Ray is pulled into a desperate chase to ensure it won’t be his.


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Nick Hurst has been an English-language teacher, money broker, model, marketer and stuntman. He spent three years training with a kung fu master in Malaysia to write his first book and ended up with a full-back traditional Japanese tattoo while researching his second.

His book Sugong was published in 2012 to positive reviews from The Times Literary Supplement and The Independent on Sunday among others, and he has also written for The Guardian and Time Out.

I was woken by someone pounding at my front door. I fumbled for my alarm clock. It read 3.15. I struggled up.

     ‘Who the hell-’

It was Tomoe. Beautiful, immaculate Tomoe - now dishevelled, her hair tumbling down, mascara led by a stream of tears down her face.

     ‘Tomoe, what’s wrong?’

     She collapsed in my arms. I led her to the sofa.

     ‘What’s the matter? Are you hurt?’

     ‘Just hold me.’

     I held her. After an hour she cried herself to sleep. It must have been another before I dropped off as I remember the birds starting to sing at first light.

I woke with a start, sprawled across the sofa, alone. Anxiety started to rise in me but then the bathroom door opened and Tomoe glided out, swathed in the luxury white towels she insisted I kept. She greeted me a sweet smile and a cheery ‘ohaiyō gozaimasu’.

     I’ve never been much of a morning person but there was more to this than being confused by slow wits.

‘Morning.’

I waited for an explanation that didn’t come. Tomoe glanced over as she readied herself.

     ‘You can use the bathroom now Ray-chan. I’ll put on my make-up out here.’

     I decided to dispense with the subtle approach.

     ‘Tomoe, what’s going on? You turned up in the middle of the night crying your eyes out. You can’t just act like nothing happened.’

     She paused and turned toward me.

     ‘I’m sorry Rei-chan,’ she said, managing to lend Japanese pronunciation to a one-syllable word, as she did when playful or trying to win me around. ‘I didn’t mean to worry you. I just had a horrible day - I needed to be with you.’

     She unfolded her legs, leant over and gave me the tenderest kiss. The matter apparently settled she returned to her lipstick.

     ‘But I am worried. What made you so upset?’

     ‘It was nothing, really,’ she said looking back up. ‘But I can’t talk while I’m doing my make-up. Have a shower and we can speak over breakfast when I’m done.’

     When I came out of the shower she was gone.

     “Sorry, late, had to go. Will be away a few days. Reception bad so can’t call. Talk when back. Don’t worry! xoxo”

     I re-read the text. There was nothing I could do but wait.

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An overdue update

Tuesday, 18 September 2018

Fallingfrom front

It's been longer since the last update than planned - the result of a slightly turbulent 2018. But while I haven't been great at communicating it, work on the book has gone on!

Having come through the structural edit relatively unscathed, it went into copy editing in the summer. I stepped up my efforts to source and get permission to use the illustrations at the same time. 

While the copy editing…

The good (and not quite so good) for 2018

Friday, 26 January 2018

The good news for the start of 2018 is I've had the first review back from my editor at Unbound... and I survived. 

At this point the fear is you'll have to re-order everything, write chapters again, change characters and so on. Fortunately, while I have to make some amends they're more along the lines of tweaks rather than wholesale changes. 

Once they're done the detailed edit begins - going…

Go Big or Go Home

Monday, 18 December 2017

Nhurst floatingworld star

The Star, Malaysia's take on how a sumo wrestling travelogue turned into a woodblock illustrated thriller.

(Sorry for the small size - they haven't published the online version yet. You can still read it by clicking on the image and magnifying as required). 

From Kung Fu Iron Palms to the Floating World (via Bollywood)

Friday, 1 December 2017

So, plenty has happened since my last update. First, I hit full funding as a result of all of your kind pledges (thank you so much again). Then I went back to the manuscript and gave it another, final edit.

I'm not sure of author's etiquette on admitting these things, but having not looked at it for over a year while fund-raising, I found myself really enjoying it. Hopefully, this isn't just arrogance…

Almost there...

Monday, 14 August 2017

Falling from the Floating World is now 92% funded and inching ever closer to publication! 

As this is down to your generosity I'd like to say a massive thank you. It's quite a challenge to get a book from idea to shop front and the moral support your pledges have provided has been just as gratefully received as the financial benefits. 

I'm afraid you won't be receiving your rewards quite yet…

Here Be Dragons - the Skin Deep interview

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Floating world skin deep

The UK's best selling tattoo magazine, Skin Deep, very kindly ran a feature on my book in their February edition. Unfortunately they don't have an online version, but you can read the interview (and see some of the pictures) below. 

 

 

You are just about to publish your latest book which takes place in Japan. Can you tell us about the plot?

 

It's a Tokyo-set thriller…

Thank you and Merry Christmas!

Saturday, 24 December 2016

I’ve been a little lax on my Shed updates… but as a starter I’d like to say a massive thank you to everyone who’s made a pledge.



Most recently I’ve had a very generous Patron pledge from the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation (www.gbsf.org.uk) which has boosted Falling from the Floating World to 30% of its target - which isn’t bad after just under a month’s crowdfunding.



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Nick Clifton-Welker
Nick Clifton-Welker asked:

Hi Nick,
I hope all’s well.
Just wondering if you have an update on Falling from the floating world? Apologies if I’ve missed something recently.
Kind regards,
Nick.

Nick Hurst
Nick Hurst replied:

Hi Nick

Thanks for your message, and no, you haven't missed anything - I've been slack on updates as a result of my personal life being a little eventful of late.

The book has been progressing though. After completing the structural edits in early summer we moved onto the copy edit which is now also all done. A draft cover has been designed, image rights are 95% agreed and the proofs are being worked on.

All of this means you should be receiving your copy sometime around the turn of the year and the paperback edition will be released in Spring 2019 (if you're feeling particularly keen).

Hope this helps - I'll get better with updates over the coming months.

Nick

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