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The Cat Who Saved Books

Sosuke Natsukawa Louise Heal Kawai



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01 September 2021

ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Rintaro Natsuki is a bit of a loner, an awkward teenager who has been raised by his grandfather – owner of Natsuki Books. When his grandfather passes away, it looks like the bookshop will have to close down, then one day a cat arrives in the shop and enlists Rintaro's help in the quest to save books. A charming, light read with touches of humour, magic realism and a delightful dose of whimsy. Boil up a cuppa and prepare to be charmed.  Greg Waldron

Bookish high school student Rintaro Natsuki is about to close the secondhand bookshop he inherited from his beloved grandfather. Then, a talking cat named Tiger appears with an unusual request. The cat needs Rintaro's help to save books that have been imprisoned, destroyed and unloved.

Their mission sends this odd couple on an amazing journey, where they enter different labyrinths to set books free. Through their travels, Tiger and Rintaro meet a man who locks up his books, an unwitting book torturer who cuts the pages of books into snippets to help people speed read, and a publisher who only wants to sell books like disposable products. Then, finally, there is a mission that Rintaro must complete alone . . .

An enthralling tale of books, first love, fantasy, and an unusual friendship with a talking cat, The Cat Who Saved Books by Sosuke Natsukawa, translated by Louise Heal Kawai, is a story for those for whom books are so much more than words on paper.
 the cat who saved books by Sosuke Natsukawa

Translated by:  
Imprint:   Picador
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 196mm,  Width: 132mm,  Spine: 23mm
Weight:   210g
ISBN:   9781529052107
ISBN 10:   1529052106
Pages:   224
Publication Date:  
Recommended Age:   From 18 years
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Sosuke Natsukawa is a Japanese physician and novelist, born in Osaka Prefecture in 1978. He graduated from the Shinshu University Medical School and practices medicine at a hospital in the largely rural prefecture of Nagano. His multivolume debut novel, Kamisama no Karute, published in 2009, won several prizes and sold over three million copies in Japan. The Cat Who Saved Books is set to be translated into over twenty languages around the world.

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