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The Cat Who Saved Books (Hardback)

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Grandpa used to say it all the time: books have tremendous power. But what is that power really?

Natsuki Books was a tiny second-hand bookshop on the edge of town. Inside, towering shelves reached the ceiling, every one crammed full of wonderful books. Rintaro Natsuki loved this space that his grandfather had created. He spent many happy hours there, reading whatever he liked. It was the perfect refuge for a boy who tended to be something of a recluse.

After the death of his grandfather, Rintaro is devastated and alone. It seems he will have to close the shop. Then, a talking tabby cat called Tiger appears and asks Rintaro for help. The cat needs a book lover to join him on a mission. This odd couple will go on three magical adventures to save books from people have imprisoned, mistreated and betrayed them. Finally, there is one last rescue that Rintaro must attempt alone . . .

The Cat Who Saved Books is a heart-warming story about finding courage, caring for others - and the tremendous power of books. Sosuke Natsukawa's international bestseller, translated from Japanese by Louise Heal Kawai, is a story for those for whom books are so much more than words on paper.

Fiction & PoetryFiction in translationFiction & PoetryModern & contemporary fiction post c 1945Natural World & The EnvironmentThe natural world, country life & petsCats as pets Publisher: Pan Macmillan Publication Date: 16/09/2021 ISBN-13: 9781529081473  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Sosuke Natsukawa is a Japanese physician and novelist, born in Osaka Prefecture in 1978. He graduated from the Shinshu University Medical School and practices medicine at a hospital in the largely rural prefecture of Nagano. His multivolume debut novel, Kamisama no Karute, published in 2009, won several prizes and sold over three million copies in Japan. The Cat Who Saved Books is set to be translated into over twenty languages around the world.

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Grandpa used to say it all the time: “books have tremendous power” But what is that power really? “THE CAT WHO SAVED BOOKS” written by Sosuke Natsukawa and expertly translated by Louise Heal Kawai, is a wonderfully quirky Japanese story for readers who adore books and understand the secret power their words hold. As a ‘cat person’ too, I was instantly drawn to the tale involving a talking tabby cat and I was interested in how it was going to save books. The author (and translator) has produced a fabulous story that’s thought provoking, philosophical and contains young friendships, grief and first love but above all is entertaining and a real escapism into a book love filled world. Tiger the ‘talking’ cat was blunt but adorable and I enjoyed how it convinced Rintaro (a high school student about to close his late grandpa’s second hand book store) to accompany it on its unique and unusual requests. The journeys they travel on take them to some remarkable characters and situations, which Rintaro must draw on his Grandpa’s wisdom in order to succeed. Firmly categorised in the fantasy genre but very realistic, this can also be enjoyed by young teens, with its hidden messages of empathy and overcoming loneliness and familial grief. A fabulous story that humanises books and the emotions and empathy it can create in its readers, I’d therefore happily recommend “The Cat Who Saved Books” for any devout book lovers and readers and I wish the author and the very talented translator every success with it. #TheCatWhoSavesBooks @PicadorBooks 5 stars

- 16/09/2021
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