The Goodbye Cat

The Goodbye Cat

Paperback Published on: 12/10/2023
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The Goodbye Cat
Solace for Cat Lovers
Tender portrayals of the cycle of life, and the cats who embellish it. Arikawa’s sentimental narrative evokes feelings of familial love, contemplative thou... READ MORE
Xin Yi Heah
The Goodbye Cat
Short & Sweet
This is a very cute book, definitely one that would appeal more to someone who owns cats, but still enjoyable for non-owners. From popular Japanese author... READ MORE
Elisabeth Gardiner
The Goodbye Cat
The Cat’s Whiskers!
Like the joy of your cat kneading your lap but then deciding to take a swipe, these stories take you on an emotional journey of highs & lows as they explor... READ MORE
Joanne Derby Bookseller
The Goodbye Cat
Heart wrenching, stunning and thought provoking
A beautifully written collection of stories about the spaces that Cats fill in everyday lives. Across the varying seasons and areas of Japan, from Hokaido ... READ MORE
Jodie - Plymouth Drake Circus
The Goodbye Cat
Not just for cat lovers
The Goodbye Cat is a delightful insight into the bond shared between cats and humans and is a charming collection of short stories, each unique in its own ... READ MORE
Chelsea at Lichfield


Against changing seasons in Japan, seven cats weave their way through their owners' lives ... A needy kitten rescued from the recycling bin teaches a new 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. Includes seven beautiful cat-drawings.

  • Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • ISBN: 9780857529138
  • Number of pages: 256
  • Weight: 222g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 127 x 19 mm

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The Goodbye Cat
A great book for Cat lovers
This is a wonderful book with multiple stories running through it that finally loop back in the end. The stories are delightful and a must for cat lovers. ... READ MORE
The Goodbye Cat
A delightful collection of seven tales of Japanese cats and their humans
My thanks to Random House U.K. Transworld Doubleday for an eARC via NetGalley of ‘The Goodbye Cat’ by Hiro Arikawa. It was translated from the Japanese by ... READ MORE
Vivienne O'Regan
The Goodbye Cat
A Purrfect Masterpiece
"The Goodbye Cat" by Hiro Arikawa is an absolute masterpiece that touched my heart in the most profound way. Against the backdrop of changing seasons in Ja... READ MORE
Pupak  Mohebali
The Goodbye Cat
The Travelling Cat Chronicles is one of my favourite books of recent years, so I was delighted to hear that Hiro had written The Goodbye Cat. It's a collec... READ MORE
Samantha Schofield
The Goodbye Cat
Like an onion
Like an onion, it has so many layers. This is a wonderful book and the different threads of stories keep you immersed as a reader. Wonderfully written too
Chrissy Wilson