BBC Radio 2 Book Club

We are thrilled to announce that THE WOMAN IN THE WHITE KIMONO by Ana Johns has been selected as a BBC Radio 2 Book Club pick. The announcement was made last night, Monday 24th July, on the Jo Whiley Show. The book will be discussed on air on BBC Radio 2 in August 2019. 

THE WOMAN IN THE WHITE KIMONO is published by Legend Press on 15th July 2019. Inspired by true stories, the novel is a searing portrait of one woman torn between her culture and her heart, and another woman on a journey to discover the true meaning of home.

Ana Johns, a former competitive martial artist, studied journalism and worked over twenty-years in the creative arts field, before turning her hand to fiction. She lives in Indianapolis, USA. 

Follow her on @author_anajohns

Ana comments 'I’m beyond thrilled that THE WOMAN IN THE WHITE KIMONO is a BBC Radio 2 Book Club pick. This is a real honor, especially knowing that The Reading Agency along with librarians – both distinguished groups who shape and influence avid readers – championed my debut’s inclusion. Now, a novel set in a little-known era of history and inspired by real events, people, and stories (including my father’s) will have an even wider reach. Thank you. I hope Naoko and Tori’s journey of love, loss, and family secrets resonates with reading groups and listeners alike.'


Japan, 1957. Seventeen-year-old Naoko Nakamura’s prearranged marriage secures her family’s status in their traditional Japanese community. However, Naoko has fallen for an American sailor and to marry him would bring great shame upon her entire family. When it’s learned Naoko carries the sailor’s child, she’s cast out in disgrace and forced to make unimaginable choices with consequences that will ripple across generations.

America, present day. Tori Kovac, caring for her dying father, finds a letter containing a shocking revelation. Setting out to learn the truth, Tori’s journey leads her to a remote seaside village in Japan where she must confront the demons of the past to pave a way for redemption.

'Cinematic, deeply moving, and beautifully written. I so enjoyed this' Carol Mason, author of After You Left

‘Johns weaves together past and present in wonderful ways ... [T]his outing is richly-researched, moving and cinematic in feel.’
 Toronto Star

‘An elegant testament to the tenacity of hope, even when the bindings of cultural and familial expectations are drawn so tight.’ Kelli Estes, bestselling author of The Girl Who Wrote in Silk
‘A well-researched piece of historical fiction’ Booklist
‘A powerful and heartbreaking literary novel; a lush and masterful exploration of the indomitability of the human spirit set against the backdrop of post-World War II Japan. Johns's exquisite and emotionally satisfying tale spans a cultural divide to marry a mother's courageous determination to protect her daughter at any cost with a daughter's quest for truth. I loved this book!’ Karen Dionne, bestselling author of The Marsh King's Daughter