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The Goodbye Cat by Hiro Arikawa
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The Goodbye Cat

The uplifting tale of wise cats and their humans by the global bestselling author of THE TRAVELLING CAT CHRONICLES
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Translator Philip Gabriel
Length 6 hours 41 minutes
Language English
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Brought to you by Penguin.

THE JAPANESE BESTSELLER
A PERFECT READ FOR CAT-LOVERS


Against changing seasons in Japan, seven cats weave their way through their owners' lives ...

We meet Spin, a kitten rescued from the recycling bin, whose simple needs teach an anxious father how to parent his own human baby; a colony of wild cats on a holiday island shows a young boy not to stand in nature's way; a family is perplexed by their cat's devotion to their charismatic but uncaring father; a woman curses how her cat constantly visits her at night; and an elderly cat, Kota, hatches a plan to pass into the next world as a spirit so that he and his owner may be together for ever.

Bursting with empathy and love, THE GOODBYE CAT explores the unstoppable cycle of life as we see how the steadiness and devotion of a well-loved cat never lets us down. A huge bestseller in Japan, every page is a joyous celebration of cats and how we cannot resist sharing our lives with them.

'Bewitching and comforting' TELEGRAPH

JAPANESE READERS LOVE THE GOODBYE CAT
- 'Wonderful! These cats are charming and truly come alive. The book is full of human - or rather, cat kindness'*****
- 'Irresistible. This is the first time since The Travelling Cat Chronicles that I cried my eyes out over a book'*****
- 'I'm glad I didn't read it outside because I couldn't stop crying. Truly life-enhancing'
*****

© Hiro Arikawa 2023 (P) Penguin Audio 2023

Hiro Arikawa (Author)
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. Featuring all the irresistible wit, wisdom and warmth that thousands of readers across the world love so much in her storytelling. THE GOODBYE CAT is published into multiple languages. Hiro Arikawa lives in the city of Takarazuka, Japan.

Philip Gabriel (Translator)
Philip Gabriel is the author of Mad Wives and Island Dreams: Shimao Toshio and the Margins of Japanese Literature and Spirit Matters: The Transcendent in Modern Japanese Literature and has translated many novels and short stories by the writer Haruki Murakami and other modern writers. He is recipient of the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission Prize for the Translation of Japanese Literature (2001) for his translation of Senji Kuroi’s Life in the Cul-de-Sac, and the 2006 PEN/Book-of-the-Month Club Translation Prize for his translation of Murakami's Kafka on the Shore.

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Reviews

Full of warmth, wit and feline wisdom, this is a delight for all animal fans. But for cat lovers it’ll be sheer purr-fection Arikawa’s writing is light and good-humored even when it deals with serious subjects like parenthood and death. Quirky and life-enhancing Expand reviews
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