Mizuki Tsujimura

Lonely Castle in the Mirror
  • Lonely Castle in the Mirror

  • For fans of BEFORE 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
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    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 into 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 by five o'clock, they will die.

    As time passes, a devastating truth emerges: those who dare to share their stories will be punished.

    Tender, playful, gripping, LONELY CASTLE IN THE MIRROR is a mesmerizing tale about the importance of reaching out, confronting anxiety and embracing human connection.

    Readers love LONELY CASTLE IN THE MIRROR:

    *****
    'This book has become one of my favourite Japanese literature reads of all time . . . A magical heart felt read that will stay with you'
    ***** 'Unexpected, beautiful and heart-breaking . . . this is a work of fiction which reaches into the heart of a modern problem and has valuable insight'
    ***** 'Rich and vivid with lots of emotions . . . This book is a symbol of "hope is still there'


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

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