Waterstones marks Murakami with 'pinball battle'

Waterstones marks Murakami with 'pinball battle'

Customers at Waterstones’ flagship stores in London and Glasgow will go head-to-head in a pinball battle to celebrate the release for the first time in English outside Japan of Haruki Murakami’s Wind/Pinball (Harvill Secker).

Harvill Secker has designed and created bespoke pinball machines, which will be in Waterstones Piccadilly in London and Waterstones Sauchiehall in Glasgow all this week.

Customers can share their high scores on social media using the hashtag #murakamipinball, with the highest scores each day winning a signed copy of Wind/Pinball.

Pinball, 1973 and Hear the Wind Sing, first published in the 1970s and 1980s in Japan, have never been published in the UK before.

Harvill Secker is publishing the works back-to- back as a reversible hardback, with an introduction by Murakami. Waterstones has an exclusive special edition die cut through the front cover and the book board of the pinball design.

Chris White, fiction buyer at Waterstones, said: “It’s a great time to be alive for Murakami fans. Arriving so soon after Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage, the publication of his earliest novels for the first time in English will delight the casual reader and thrill the aficionados.

“We are enormously pleased to be able to offer our customers a beautifully designed Waterstones exclusive edition, and any Murakami-loving pinball wizards will have the opportunity to win a signed copy this week on the pinball tables at our London Piccadilly and Glasgow Sauchiehall Street shops.”

Members of the UK Pinball League will visit the two shops to play the bespoke machines, although their scores will be exempt from winning.