Naoki Matayoshi is a Japanese manzai comedian and author, who found fame performing as part of the popular comic duo 'Peace'. Spark is his first novel and has been hugely successful in Japan since it was first published in 2016. It has won the Akutagawa Prize and was adapted for film, stage and TV - the hit series is available on Netflix UK.
'A whip-smart tale that'll prove impossible to put down' Vogue
'Edgy... the familiar story of the apprentice surpassing his master' Sunday Times
'Excels as a comedy of the absurd... a Japanese Withnail and I... Immensely satisfying' Japan Society
'The seedy side of Tokyo is summoned up in tale about a comedy duo and the awkward bonds of men... Spark does the city credit' Financial Times
'Irresistible. A painfully sensitive rendering of the reality for young manzai comedians... The writing is wonderful' Akio Nakamori