The Goodbye Cat

The Goodbye Cat

The uplifting tale of wise cats and their humans by the global bestselling author of THE TRAVELLING CAT CHRONICLES


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Against changing seasons in Japan, seven cats weave their way through their owners' lives ...

We meet Spin, a kitten rescued from the recycling bin, whose simple needs teach an anxious father how to parent his own human baby; a colony of wild cats on a holiday island shows a young boy not to stand in nature's way; a family is perplexed by their cat's devotion to their charismatic but uncaring father; a woman curses how her cat constantly visits her at night; and an elderly cat, Kota, hatches a plan to pass into the next world as a spirit so that he and his owner may be together for ever.

Bursting with empathy and love, THE GOODBYE CAT explores the unstoppable cycle of life as we see how the steadiness and devotion of a well-loved cat never lets us down. A huge bestseller in Japan, every page is a joyous celebration of cats and how we cannot resist sharing our lives with them.

'Bewitching and comforting' TELEGRAPH

- 'Wonderful! These cats are charming and truly come alive. The book is full of human - or rather, cat kindness'*****
- 'Irresistible. This is the first time since The Travelling Cat Chronicles that I cried my eyes out over a book'*****
- 'I'm glad I didn't read it outside because I couldn't stop crying. Truly life-enhancing'

© Hiro Arikawa 2023 (P) Penguin Audio 2023


  • Full of warmth, wit and feline wisdom, this is a delight for all animal fans. But for cat lovers it’ll be sheer purr-fection
    Daily Express

About the author

Hiro Arikawa

HIRO ARIKAWA is the million-copy bestselling author of THE TRAVELLING CAT CHRONICLES. Her brand new homage to cats, THE GOODBYE CAT, brings together seven cats as they weave their way through their owners' lives. Featuring all the irresistible wit, wisdom and warmth that thousands of readers across the world love so much in her storytelling. THE GOODBYE CAT is published into multiple languages. Hiro Arikawa lives in the city of Takarazuka, Japan.
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