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The Travelling Cat Chronicles


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THE SENSATIONAL MILLION-COPY BESTSELLER- a tender, feelgood story of a journey around Japan with a streetcat. Translated by Philip Gabriel, a translator of Murakami.

About the Author

HIRO ARIKAWA is a renowned author from Tokyo. Her novel THE TRAVELLING CAT CHRONICLES is a bestseller in Japan and is due to be published around the world. PHILIP GABRIEL is a highly experienced translator from Japanese, and best known for his translation work with Haruki Murakami.


"Anyone who has ever unashamedly loved an animal will read this book with gratitude, for its understanding of an emotion that ennobles us as human beings, whether we value it or not" -- LYNNE TRUSS * Guardian *
"The Travelling Cat Chronicles is delightful. Like a tender feline companion the uniqueness of this book is its subtle yet persistent charm that insinuates itself into your heart long after the encounter has ended." * Fiona Melrose *
"It has the warmth, painterly touch, and tenderness of a Studio Ghibli film - and it is a delight to read" * Financial Times *
"Bewitching... as self-possessed and comforting as - well, a cat" * Sunday Telegraph *
"Fleet, funny and tender... Arikawa clearly knows cats as well as any human can." * TIME *
"A book about kindness and love, and about how the smallest things can provide happiness" * Stylist *
"Arikawa has a lightness of touch that elevates this to a tale about loyalty and friendship ... while speaking to our basic human need for companionship" -- JOHN BOYNE * Irish Times *
"Prepare to have your heart strings tugged by this quirky tale . . . It's a deceptively gentle story that you won't need to be a cat lover to fall for." * Sunday Mirror *
"Sweet, sad and lovely, this is a roadtrip novel with a difference" * Psychologies Magazine *
"Heart-wrenching but uplifting" * Red Magazine *
"The Travelling Cat Chronicles is why I read books. This beautiful story has everything. It's funny, heart-warming, heart-breaking and kind." * Foreword Books *
"This is the book I am giving everyone . . . the book I am recommending to anyone buying something Japan-related or cat-related, and, quite possibly, the book I am placing in someone's hand when they ask me what my favourite book is. For a bookseller, that is the highest accolade a book can ever receive." -- Cat McMillan * Waterstones York, Bookseller *
"Stunningly beautiful. Tender, warm, sad and uplifting" * The Last Word Review *
"A beautiful travelogue" * Sydney Morning Herald *
"This story of a cat, a man, self-sacrifice and friendship will have you totally captivated ... An addictive tale of friendship and love." * Woman's Weekly, Australia *
"I would urge people not to dismiss this as a 'cat book'; it is too much about human interaction and relationships to be so simply defined. A novel with wide appeal. I predict it will make a popular Christmas gift." * Readings, Australian Independent bookshop guide *
"The Travelling Cat Chronicles is as much a loving tribute to Japan's obsession with and reverence for cats as it is an endearing introduction for non-Japanese readers to the country's ever-fascinating culture and deeply rooted traditions." -- Alexis Burling * San Francisco Chronicle *
"I'm not ashamed to say it had me at meow." * Washington Post *
"A book that stands out within the world of cat literature ... and it's a world worth exploring." * Time *
"I found myself sobbing ... unable, unwilling, to let this little book go." * NPR *

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