Lonely Castle in the Mirror

Lonely Castle in the Mirror

The no. 1 Japanese bestseller and Guardian 2021 highlight


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'
'Genuinely affecting. A story of empathy, collaboration and sharing truths' FINANCIAL TIMES

Translated by Philip Gabriel, a translator of Murakami

Would you share your deepest secrets to save a friend?

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.


***** 'This book has become one of my favourite Japanese reads of all time . . . A magical heartfelt 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.This book is a symbol that 'there is always hope'


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About the author

Mizuki Tsujimura

MIZUKI TSUJIMURA lives in Tokyo and is the much-loved author of bestselling mystery and puzzlebox novels. LOST SOULS MEET UNDER A FULL MOON is a huge reader favourite, which highlights the importance of loyalty and doing the right thing. Its sequel, HOW TO KEEP SOMEONE IN YOUR HEART, is equally popular. She is the author of the groundbreaking novel LONELY CASTLE IN THE MIRROR which blends fantasy with topical themes of emotional health and friendship. Tsujimura has won both the Japan Booksellers' Award and the Naoki prize for her work. Rights have sold across the world. She lives in Japan.
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