James Clavell was an acclaimed British novelist and screenwriter. His works were often set in the East, and his best-known works include the six-book Asian Saga, which consists of Shogun, Tai-Pan, Gai-Jin, King Rat, Noble House, and Whirlwind. Clavell was also the creator of the popular television series Shōgun, based on the novel of the same name.
1. King Rat (1962): King Rat is Clavell’s first novel, set in a Japanese prisoner-of-war camp in Singapore during World War II. It follows the story of an American soldier who learns to survive in the camp by becoming the titular king rat.
2. Tai-Pan (1966): Tai-Pan is the second installment of Clavell’s Asian Saga. Set in 19th century Hong Kong, it follows Dirk Struan, the Tai-Pan of the most powerful trading company, as he attempts to protect his business from his rivals.
3. Shogun (1975): Shogun is the first novel of the Asian Saga and a best-selling novel. It tells the story of an English navigator who is shipwrecked in feudal Japan and must learn to navigate the dangerous politics of the period to survive.
4. Noble House (1981): Noble House is the fourth book in the Asian Saga. Set in 1960s Hong Kong, it follows the story of a British business executive who must protect the company from a hostile takeover.
5. Whirlwind (1986): Whirlwind is the sixth and final book of the Asian Saga. It follows the story of a Soviet helicopter pilot who is caught in the Iranian Revolution and must find a way to escape with his family.
6. Gai-Jin (1993): Gai-Jin is the third book of the Asian Saga. Set in 19th century Japan, it tells the story of a British trader who must learn to navigate the complicated politics of the period in order to establish a successful trading company.