Ryō Wada

Ryō Wada 和田竜

Ryō Wada (1969–)  graduated from college with his sights set on working in film, but resigned after just three years as an assistant director for a television production company. In 2003 he won the Kido Prize, sponsored by the Motion Picture Producers Association of Japan to cultivate new scriptwriters, and in 2007 he made his debut as a fiction writer by turning his winning script into the historical novel Nobō no shiro (Blockhead Castle). The work was nominated for the Naoki Prize and became a bestseller, with combined hardcover and paperback sales of over two million copies. A film version was released in 2012. In 2013 Wada published the two-volume historical novel Murakami kaizoku no musume (The Pirate’s Daughter), which garnered both the Booksellers Award and the Yoshikawa Eiji Prize for New Writers, and quickly became a bestseller once again, moving over a million copies of the two volumes combined (as of May 2014). With gripping, fast-paced battle scenes as his forte, he is one of a new generation of entertainment writers.

Books by Ryō Wada
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    The Pirate’s Daughter

    The novel is set in a time extending from the late 15th through the 16th century in Japan, when a weak central government was largely relegated to the sidelines while numerous warlords vied with one another to unify the country under their own leadership. …