The Travelling Cat Chronicles


Author: Hiro Arikawa
Translated by Philip Gabriel

9780857524195 | PB | pp. 256 | 2017 | Transworld Publishers

The Travelling Cat Chronicles is a story, told with gentle humour, from the viewpoint of a travelling cat. It emphasises the value of love and tiny acts of kindness.

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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.

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.

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Hiro Arikawa
Translator: Philip Gabriel







Year of Publication:



Transworld Publishers





Country of Origin:

United Kingdom

About the Contributors

The author lives in Tokyo. Her book The Travelling Cat Chronicles has become an unexpected international hit, and is due to be made into a live-action Japanese film.

The translator is a Japonologist and full professor and former department chair of the University of Arizona’s Department of East Asian Studies. He is one of the major translators of the works of Haruki Murakami.


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