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Lonely Castle in the Mirror

Mizuki Tsujimura Philip Gabriel



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13 April 2021
For fans of BEOFORE THE COFFEE GETS COLD, fairy tale and magic are weaved together in sparse language that belies a flooring emotional punch.

'Strange and beautiful. Imagine the offspring of THE WIND-UP BIRD CHRONICLE with THE VIRGIN SUICIDES' GUARDIAN Translated by Philip Gabriel, a translator of Murakami

How can you save your friend's life if she doesn't want to be rescued?

In a tranquil neighbourhood of Tokyo, seven teenagers wake to find their bedroom mirrors are shining.

At a single touch, they are pulled from their lonely lives to a wondrous castle filled with winding stairways, watchful portraits and twinkling chandeliers. In this new sanctuary, they are confronted with a set of clues leading to a hidden room where one of them will be granted a wish. But there's a catch- if they don't leave the castle by five o'clock, they will be punished.

As time passes, a devastating truth emerges- only those brave enough to share their stories will be saved.

Tender, playful, gripping, LONELY CASTLE IN THE MIRROR is a mesmerizing tale about the importance of reaching out, confronting anxiety and embracing human connection.
By:   Mizuki Tsujimura
Translated by:   Philip Gabriel
Imprint:   Doubleday
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 214mm,  Width: 135mm,  Spine: 26mm
Weight:   367g
ISBN:   9780857527288
ISBN 10:   0857527282
Pages:   400
Publication Date:   13 April 2021
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

MIZUKI TSUJIMURA is a well-known author of bestselling mystery novels in Japan. Her groundbreaking novel LONELY CASTLE IN THE MIRROR combines Japanese fantasy elements with urgent themes about emotional wellbeing and friendships. It won the highly coveted Japan Booksellers' Award, voted for by booksellers as the book they most like to hand-sell, and the Naoki prize and became an instant no.1 bestseller in Japan, selling over half a million copies. Rights have sold across the world. Tsujimura lives in Tokyo, Japan.

Reviews for Lonely Castle in the Mirror

Strange and beautiful. Imagine the offspring of The Wind-up Bird Chronicle with The Virgin Suicides * GUARDIAN * A moving, reflective and surprising novel... anyone who has ever struggled with feeling isolated, had difficulties at school, or had mental health struggles, will find this novel to be a cleansing balm. * CULTUREFLY * Neat twists and a genuinely affecting denouement: this is 'a modern, all-ages fairy tale' that defies the Anglo-dominance of this genre * FINANCIAL TIMES * There's a warmth to her writing, and Tsujimura has a mature ability to allow the story to speak for itself without narrative * JAPAN TIMES *

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