The 2011 tsunami in Japan and subsequent meltdown of a nuclear power plant set off a national crisis. The Times Asia Editor Richard Lloyd Parry lived through the earthquake in Tokyo and spent six years reporting from the disaster zone to piece together Ghosts of the Tsunami, his gripping and humanising account of the catastrophe and its aftermath. In conversation with The Monthly editor Nick Feik, he discusses the unexpected and mysterious ways the tragedy revealed itself long after the initial emergency abated.

Richard Lloyd Parry (International)

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Richard Lloyd Parry is a British author and award-winning foreign correspondent. Since 1995 he has lived in Tokyo, where he is the Asia Editor of London's The Times. He has reported from twenty-nine countries, including Afghanistan, Iraq, and North Korea. He has also contributed to the London Review of Books, Granta and the New York Times. He is the author of In the Time of Madness, an account of violence and black magic in Indonesia; People Who Eat Darkness, about the disappearance of British woman in Tokyo; and Ghosts of the Tsunami, about the 2011 disaster in Japan.

Nick Feik (Australian)

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Nick Feik is the Editor of the Monthly magazine. As a writer, he has contributed political and current affairs-related pieces to The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald, ABC's The Drum, the Saturday Paper and the Monthly. Under the auspices of the Monthly, he created email newsletters the Shortlist Daily and Politicoz/Today, and was the Monthly's first online editor.