The Travelling Cat Chronicles

The Travelling Cat Chronicles : The life-affirming one million copy bestseller

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4.33 (55,570 ratings by Goodreads)

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

'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.'
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Product details

  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 127 x 198 x 22mm | 229g
  • Doubleday
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0857524194
  • 9780857524195
  • 1,643

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Sweet, sad and lovely, this is a roadtrip novel with a difference
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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 * GUARDIAN * Fleet, funny and tender... Arikawa clearly knows cats as well as any human can. * TIME * 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 * 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 * 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 * IRISH TIMES * 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 * 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 * 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 * WATERSTONES YORK * 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 * Stunningly beautiful. Tender, warm, sad and uplifting * THE LAST WORD REVIEW * 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, BOOK GUIDE, AUSTRALIA * 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 MAGAZINE * I found myself sobbing ... unable, unwilling, to let this little book go. * NPR * 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. * SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE * 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 * Gentle, soft-spoken, and full of wisdom * KIRKUS REVIEWS *
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About Hiro Arikawa

HIRO ARIKAWA is the million-copy bestselling author of THE TRAVELLING CAT CHRONICLES. Her brand new homage to cats, THE GOODBYE CAT, brings together seven cats as they weave their way through their owners' lives. Set against changing landscapes in Japan, it features all the irresistible wit, wisdom and warmth that thousands of readers across the world love so much in her storytelling. Hiro Arikawa lives in Tokyo, Japan.
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Rating details

4.33 out of 5 stars
- 55,570 ratings
5 52% (28,649)
4 33% (18,388)
3 13% (6,984)
2 2% (1,289)
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