This book trailer is for Shirley Hazzard's, The Great Fire, winner of the 2003 National Book Award. The book is reported to have taken twenty years to write. Set in post-war Japan in 1947, the book follows Aldred Leith, an intellectual British war hero. The focus of the book is love, and Hazzard has written, love is, 'perhaps the most interesting phenomenon, it's almost like a spell that's cast on us, falling in love, that is. There is nothing else like it in life, and I think it is a central element of existence...'.