Before the Coffee Gets Cold

Before the Coffee Gets Cold

Paperback Published on: 19/09/2019
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Before the Coffee Gets Cold
You Don't Need Coffee This Story Will Keep You Awake
Oddly enough, this title is a lyric from a song that holds great meaning for me, so when it came into my vision I immediately purchased it and took it home... READ MORE
Conor O'Loughnan
Before the Coffee Gets Cold
Short but sweet.
This time travel story gently demands your attention. A short, but sweet, story of four characters and their decisions for choosing to sit in that seat. I... READ MORE
Before the Coffee Gets Cold
Beautiful and moving
This is a beautiful and very moving book. The pace and feel of Japanese literature is very different to Western writing I find and this can take a bit of ... READ MORE
Joanna at Waterstones Telford
Before the Coffee Gets Cold
Unusual read
This was a quirky and charming book, which I really did enjoy. The idea of the story is wonderful, and it was a lovely, gentle read. I loved the characters... READ MORE
Rebecca Blake
Before the Coffee Gets Cold
Though-provoking, atmospheric and unique.
I read this book whilst commuting, and it was perfect to accompany me on a busy train to take me away from the hustle and bustle of early morning commuters... READ MORE


What would you change if you could go back in time? In a small back alley in Tokyo, there is a cafe which has been serving carefully brewed coffee for more than one hundred years. But this coffee shop offers its customers a unique experience: the chance to travel back in time. In Before the Coffee Gets Cold, we meet four visitors, each of whom is hoping to make use of the cafe's time-travelling offer, in order to: confront the man who left them, receive a letter from their husband whose memory has been taken by early onset Alzheimer's, to see their sister one last time, and to meet the daughter they never got the chance to know. But the journey into the past does not come without risks: customers must sit in a particular seat, they cannot leave the cafe, and finally, they must return to the present before the coffee gets cold . . . Toshikazu Kawaguchi's beautiful, moving story - translated from Japanese by Geoffrey Trousselot - explores the age-old question: what would you change if you could travel back in time? More importantly, who would you want to meet, maybe for one last time?

  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan
  • ISBN: 9781529029581
  • Number of pages: 224
  • Weight: 173g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 131 x 16 mm

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Before the Coffee Gets Cold
Second chances!
This book is charming. It flows in a leisurely pace. You must sit in a certain chair in this particular coffee shop. There is nothing you can do while in t... READ MORE
Before the Coffee Gets Cold
A little stretched, but fun ideas and confidently handled
I was charmed by the idea and found many things to like in the novel. It's imaginative, as good time travel tales are. There are fun bits and ingenious bi... READ MORE
Roz Morris
Before the Coffee Gets Cold
Gentle Read
Bought this for my daughter who loves everything Japanese. Now my whole family have been enchanted by this series of tales relating to staff and customer... READ MORE
peter davey
Before the Coffee Gets Cold
A sweet quick read
A sweet quick read, translated from the Japanese, which I really enjoyed. In one seat of a little backstreet cafe, the coffee drinker can travel through t... READ MORE
Lucy Williams
Before the Coffee Gets Cold
Amazing adventure
This book is one of my absolute favourites it just is so interlocking and wonderful. Written absolutely beautifully. It’s funny, adventurous, heartwarming ... READ MORE
Marina Jay