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The Japanese sensational bestseller: the tender, feelgood story of a man's journey around Japan with a streetcat. Translated by Philip Gabriel, a translator of Murakami.

RECOMMENDED BY THOUSANDS OF INTERNATIONAL READERS - the tender feelgood story of a man's journey around Japan with a streetcat. Translated by Philip Gabriel, a translator of Murakami.

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'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

'This is the book I am giving everyone' WATERSTONES BOOKSELLER


'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, author of Midwinter

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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. TRAVELLING CAT has already demonstrated its power to move thousands of readers with a message of kindness and truth. It shows, above all, how acts of love, both great and small, can transform our lives.

Reviews

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

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

Stylist

Stunningly beautiful. Tender, warm, sad and uplifting

The Last Word Review

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

A beautiful travelogue

Sydney Morning Herald

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Formats & editions

  • Trade Paperback

    9780857524195

    November 15, 2017

    Doubleday

    RRP $29.99

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  • Hardback

    9780857524188

    November 13, 2017

    Doubleday

    RRP $29.99

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    • Abbey's Bookshop
    • Angus & Robertson Bookworld
    • Booktopia
    • Boomerang Books
    • Collins Booksellers
    • Dymocks
    • Books Kinokuniya
    • The Nile
    • QBD
    • Readings
    • Robinsons Bookshop
    Or

    Find your local bookstore at booksellers.org.au

  • EBook

    9781473541573

    November 2, 2017

    Transworld Digital

    272 pages

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    • iBooks
    • Amazon Kindle
    • Booktopia
    • eBooks
    • Google Play
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