'Prepare to have your heartstrings tugged by this quirky tale' Sunday Mirror
'A book about kindness and love, and how the smallest things can provide happiness' Stylist
'A delight to read' Financial Times
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.
What readers are saying:
'Delightful, insightful, full of warmth with plenty of humour.'
'Uplifting and heart wrenching in equal measure.'
'It had me in floods of tears but filled me with hope too.'
"Fleet, funny and tender... Arikawa clearly knows cats as well as any human can."
"A book about kindness and love, and about how the smallest things can provide happiness"
"Arikawa has a lightness of touch that elevates this to a tale about loyalty and friendship ... while speaking to our basic human need for companionship"
"Prepare to have your heart strings tugged by this quirky tale . . . It’s a deceptively gentle story that you won’t need to be a cat lover to fall for."
"Sweet, sad and lovely, this is a roadtrip novel with a difference"
"Heart-wrenching but uplifting"
"The Travelling Cat Chronicles is why I read books. This beautiful story has everything. It’s funny, heart-warming, heart-breaking and kind."
"This is the book I am giving everyone . . . the book I am recommending to anyone buying something Japan-related or cat-related, and, quite possibly, the book I am placing in someone's hand when they ask me what my favourite book is. For a bookseller, that is the highest accolade a book can ever receive."
"Stunningly beautiful. Tender, warm, sad and uplifting"
"A beautiful travelogue"