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  • Published: 31 October 2019
  • ISBN: 9780857524195
  • Imprint: Doubleday
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 256
  • RRP: $19.99

The Travelling Cat Chronicles

The life-affirming one million copy bestseller

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.


'Prepare to have your heartstrings tugged by this quirky tale' Sunday Mirror
'A book about kindness and love, and how the smallest things can provide happiness' Stylist

It's not the journey that counts, but who's at your side.

Nana is on a road trip, but he is not sure where he is going. All that matters is that he can sit beside his beloved owner Satoru in the front seat of his silver van. Satoru is keen to visit three old friends from his youth, though Nana doesn't know why and Satoru won't say.

Set against the backdrop of Japan's changing seasons and narrated with a rare gentleness and humour, Nana's story explores the wonder and thrill of life's unexpected detours. It is about the value of friendship and solitude, and knowing when to give and when to take.

At the heart of this book is a powerful message about the importance of kindness. It shows, above all, how acts of love, both great and small, can transform our lives.

What readers are saying:

'Delightful, insightful, full of warmth with plenty of humour.'
'Uplifting and heart wrenching in equal measure.'
'It had me in floods of tears but filled me with hope too.'

  • Published: 31 October 2019
  • ISBN: 9780857524195
  • Imprint: Doubleday
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 256
  • RRP: $19.99

About the author

Hiro Arikawa

HIRO ARIKAWA lives in Tokyo. A bestseller in Japan, THE TRAVELLING CAT CHRONICLES has become an unexpected international hit, and is due to be made into a live-action Japanese film.

Praise for The Travelling Cat Chronicles

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

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

Heart-wrenching but uplifting

Red Magazine

Sweet, sad and lovely, this is a roadtrip novel with a difference

Psychologies Magazine

A book about kindness and love, and about how the smallest things can provide happiness


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

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


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

Bewitching. as self-possessed and comforting as - well, a cat

Sunday Telegraph

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

It has the warmth, painterly touch, and tenderness of a Studio Ghibli film - and it is a delight to read

Financial Times

Fleet, funny and tender... Arikawa clearly knows cats as well as any human can.


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.


I found myself sobbing ... unable, unwilling, to let this little book go.


A book that speaks volumes about our need for connection - human, feline or otherwise.

San Francisco Chronicle

This touching novel of a brave cat and his gentle, wise human will resonate with lovers of animal tales, quiet stories of friendship, and travelogues alike.

Publishers Weekly

A delight to read

Financial Times

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