The Australian Women's Weekly - - Books -

Born in Kochi, but now liv­ing in Tokyo, Hiro, 45, is a best­selling nov­el­ist in Ja­pan and now on the cusp of in­ter­na­tional lit­er­ary star­dom. In 2003 she won the Dengeki Novel Prize for new writ­ers and has con­tin­ued to charm in her own coun­try. But this latest work is on a new level en­tirely. The sen­si­tive sto­ry­telling in The Trav­el­ling Cat Chronicles sparked in­ter­na­tional in­ter­est and a bid­ding war. Trans­lated beau­ti­fully by Philip Gabriel, known for his work with lit­er­ary gi­ant Haruki Mu­rakami, the book has been win­ning fans around the world and is also be­ing made into a live-ac­tion film.

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