Piatkus to publish Japanologist's guide to wabi sabi

Piatkus to publish Japanologist's guide to wabi sabi

Little, Brown imprint Piatkus has acquired a book by Japanologist Beth Kempton about "wabi sabi" - the Japanese concept centred on an appreciation of beauty in imperfection and the acceptance of the transient nature of all things.

Although the philosophy arose out of centuries-old Japanese wisdom, Piatkus believes wabi sabi it is now "more relevant than ever" as people search for new ways to approach life's challenges and seek meaning beyond materialism.

In Kempton's Wabi Sabi: Japanese Wisdom for a Perfectly Imperfect Life, readers will learn how to find joy and inspiration from living a "perfectly imperfect life". Coverage extends to "honouring the rhythm of the seasons", creating a welcoming home, "reframing failure" and ageing with grace.

Commissioning editor Anna Steadman acquired world English rights at auction from Caroline Hardman at Hardman and Swainson for publication in hardback and e-book in August.

Translation rights have been sold in 11 territories to date.

Steadman called it a "timely and essential" book which Kempton, with her Masters degree in Japanese, and experience living and working in Japan, was  perfectly placed to write. 

Kempton said: "The powerful secret of wabi sabi lies in seeing the world not with the logical mind, but through the feeling heart. It’s about acceptance and letting go. It’s an invitation to relax into the beauty of your life in any given moment, and to strip away all that is unnecessary to discover what lies within.

"I am thrilled to be working with Piatkus to bring this vital ancient wisdom to life, to inspire our modern lives."