ABOUT THE AUTHOR Hiro Arikawa
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.