Lonely Castle in the Mirror : The no. 1 Japanese bestseller and Guardian 2021 highlight


by Tsujimura, Mizuki, Gabriel, Philip | Japanese
Published 08/09/2022 by Transworld Publishers Ltd (Penguin) in the United Kingdom
Paperback | 368 pages

ISBN: 9781529176667 Category:


For fans of BEFORE THE COFFEE GETS COLD, fairy tale and magic are weaved together in sparse language that belies a flooring emotional punch.

‘Strange and beautiful. Imagine the offspring of The Wind-up Bird Chronicle with The Virgin Suicides’ GUARDIAN’Genuinely affecting. A story of empathy, collaboration and sharing truths’ FINANCIAL TIMESTranslated by Philip Gabriel, a translator of MurakamiWould you share your deepest secrets to save a friend?In a tranquil neighbourhood of Tokyo, seven teenagers wake to find their bedroom mirrors are shining.

At a single touch, they are pulled from their lonely lives to a wondrous castle filled with winding stairways, watchful portraits and twinkling chandeliers. In this new sanctuary, they are confronted with a set of clues leading to a hidden room where one of them will be granted a wish. But there’s a catch: if they don’t leave the castle by five o’clock, they will be punished.

As time passes, a devastating truth emerges: only those brave enough to share their stories will be saved.

Tender, playful, gripping, LONELY CASTLE IN THE MIRROR is a mesmerizing tale about the importance of reaching out, confronting anxiety and embracing human connection.

Readers love LONELY CASTLE IN THE MIRROR:***** ‘This book has become one of my favourite Japanese reads of all time . . . A magical heartfelt read that will stay with you’***** ‘Unexpected, beautiful and heart-breaking . . . this is a work of fiction which reaches into the heart of a modern problem and has valuable insight’***** ‘Rich and vivid.This book is a symbol that ‘there is always hope’

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Weight 0.254 kg