Dwayne Lively, The Crazy Japan Times
"My Mother is a Tractor contains the wry insights of a former JET- Nicholas Klar who has written about his experiences. Required reading for anyone contemplating JET-hood or thinking of teaching English in Japan"
Jan Dodd, The Rough Guide to Japan
"My Mother is a Tractor is a witty and light account of one man's time in Japan. It is neither an academic tome nor the last word on the topic--and it stakes no claim to either... Never pedantic, always open: a good summer read."
C.Ogawa, Japan Visitor
About the Author
He is a peripatetic teacher, historian and writer originally from Adelaide, Australia - but it's highly unlikely anyone actually remembers him there. He has lived in five different countries (all with varying GDP, democratic practices and personal grooming regimes), studied in Australia and the U.S., and has travelled widely throughout Asia and the Pacific.
Apart from the above, his only other real claims to recent fame are that he once was, 1) the only person in the whole of Shanghai without a mobile phone, and 2) apparently the only non-beer drinking Australian in the whole of East Asia.
'My Mother is a Tractor', released as paperback in late 2005 and recently as a Kindle version in 2012, is his first full-length book. He has also had several short stories, travelogues, articles and essays published previously in various media such as The Japan Times, Shanghai Daily, Fukuoka-Now, Asia! and Voyage.
When previously resident in Japan he was a regular contributor to the JET Journal, Niigata JOHO and other magazines. In recent times he has put together the 'Unofficial JET Programme Guide' in addition to being editor / webmaster of the very popular 'Explore the Heart of Japan' travel and ski website.
Since departing Shanghai after six long years he is now officially listed as, "Lost somewhere between a hot spring in Kyushu and a hawker stall in S-E Asia." However, more recent blogger opinion ascribes to the theory that he has been forcibly placed on the New York Times "Author Relocation Program".
His ambition is world peace, plus to be very rich without ever having to actually work for it. And maybe also to never hear the words "Hey...let's climb Mount Fuji!" again.
For more information, please visit klarbooks.com