The Travelling Cat Chronicles by Hiro Arikawa (Free Download), RECOMMENDED BY THOUSANDS OF INTERNATIONAL READERS – the feelgood story of a man’s journey around Japan with a streetcat. Translated by Philip Gabriel, a translator of Murakami.
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.
“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.