Convenience Store Woman
By Sayaka Murata
Adapted for radio by April De Angelis from the translation by Ginny Tapley Takemori
First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 – 11/12/22
Keiko is 36 years old. She’s never had a boyfriend and has worked in the same Tokyo convenience store for eighteen years.
Keiko’s family wishes she’d get a proper job. Her friends wonder why she won’t get married. But Keiko knows what makes her happy, and she won’t let anyone come between her and her convenience store.
Adapted by April De Angelis from the international bestseller by Sayaka Murata – one of the most celebrated of a new generation of Japanese writers who spent 18 years working part-time in a convenience store.
The novel has been translated into over 30 languages with more than a million copies sold in Japanese alone, winning all of Japan’s major literary prizes.
An ode to non-conformity that subverts the status quo in modern work culture and parodies the plight of the thirty-something single woman.
Keiko ….. Yuriri Naka
Shiraha …..Will Howard
Manager ….. Luke Jerdy
Mrs Izumi ….. Clare Corbett
Sister ….. Lara Sawalha
Miho ….. Jeany Spark
Other voices played by the cast
Photocredit ….. Kentaro Takahashi
Sound design ….. Adam Woodhams & Steve Bond
Producer ….. Sarah Tombling
Executive producer ….. Sara Davies
Directed by Nicolas Jackson
An Afonica production for BBC Radio 4