by James Clavell

After Englishman John Blackthorne is lost at sea, he awakens in a place few Europeans know of and even fewer have seen--Nippon. Thrust into the closed society that is seventeenth-century Japan, a land where the line between life and death is razor-thin, Blackthorne must negotiate not only a foreign people, with unknown customs and language, but also his own definitions of morality, truth, and freedom. As internal political strife and a clash of cultures lead to seemingly inevitable conflict, Blackthorne's loyalty and strength of character are tested by both passion and loss, and he is torn between two worlds that will each be forever changed.

Powerful and engrossing, capturing both the rich pageantry and stark realities of life in feudal Japan, Shōgun is a critically acclaimed powerhouse of a book. Heart-stopping, edge-of-your-seat action melds seamlessly with intricate historical detail and raw human emotion. Endlessly compelling, this sweeping saga captivated the world to become not only one of the best-selling novels of all time but also one of the highest-rated television miniseries, as well as inspiring a nationwide surge of interest in the culture of Japan.


Purchase New

Format: Paperback

Available from:
Format: Ebook

Available from:
     My Must Reads



Purchase Used & Rare*

Format: Softcover
ISBN: 9780440557098      ISBN 10: 0440557097
Publisher:   1980

Min: $1.50
Max: $204.91
Median: $9.48
# Books: 20

Format: Softcover
ISBN: 9780440178002      ISBN 10: 0440178002
Publisher: Dell Books  1986

Min: $2.01
Max: $70.95
Median: $5.42
# Books: 67

Format: Softcover
ISBN: 9780340209172      ISBN 10: 0340209178
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton  1994

Min: $3.44
Max: $18.88
Median: $10.99
# Books: 9

Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781982603847      ISBN 10: 1982603844
Publisher: Blackstone Publishing  2019

Min: $7.99
Max: $23.99
Median: $15.14
# Books: 18


Also by James Clavell

Also from 1975

* The Vintage Library receives a small affiliate fee for all qualified sales from our product providers.
We appreciate your support!



Vintage Library at is an online bookstore with a mission to financially support local, independent bookstores.