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Friday, 16th April 2010
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Japanese novel release sees queuing fans

The release of a new novel in Japan has seen dedicated fans in the country queue in cold and wet conditions to get their hands on a copy.

The new volume of novel 1Q84, by Haruki Murakami, went on sale this morning (April 16th) and is the third extract in the popular series.

Some stores in Japan opened early to accommodate avid fans of the book series. The two previous volumes of the IQ84 novels were the top selling books in Japan in 2009, according to figures from publishing distributor Tohan Co reported by the Associated Press.

Speaking to news agency AFP, financial company manager Kiyoshi Takahashi, 52, admitted to being a great fan of the writer of the book series.

"I have read all the Murakami novels. I'm addicted to him," he said.

Haruki Murakami is one of the world's most successful cult writers and his works have been said to inspire songs by the Flaming Lips and film work by Sofia Coppolla, according to the Times.

Written by Kimberley Homer.