The Cat and The City (Paperback)

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I wolfed down these interlocking stories of cats, Tokyo, loneliness and redemption. Congratulations to Nick Bradley on this vibrant and accomplished debut., David Mitchell, via Twitter The Cat and The City is a love letter to Japan and its literature. Bradley's passion for everything from onigiri to Tanizaki's short stories is woven into this book. Bradley was for a time an ex-pat and his insight into their perching state is particularly intriguing. He is also very clearly a man with a great tenderness for cats., Rowan Hisayo Buchanan, author of HARMLESS LIKE YOU In a very impressive, finely observed debut, Nick Bradley masterfully weaves together seemingly disparate threads to conjure up a vivid tapestry of Tokyo; its glory, its shame, its characters, and a calico cat., David Peace, author of THE TOKYO TRILOGY An inventive, clever and beguiling read. With Tokyo as the backdrop, this is a beautifully written novel about belonging and loneliness, about escape and destruction, where the enmeshed narratives (and a magical cat) bind the city together., Elizabeth Macneal, author of THE DOLL FACTORY Like the street cat that slinks through this, Nick Bradley is endlessly resourceful,

About the Author


Nick Bradley is a graduate of the UEA Creative Writing MA who is currently completing a PhD in Creative & Critical Writing, focusing on the figure of the cat in Japanese literature.

Praise For…


“I wolfed down these interlocking stories of cats, Tokyo, loneliness and redemption. Congratulations to Nick Bradley on this vibrant & accomplished debut.” --David Mitchell

"[A] marvelous debut. . . . Bradley’s juxtaposed narratives paint an unforgettable portrait of Tokyo and capture the mix of isolation and interconnection that shapes modern urban life. Fans of David Mitchell should enjoy this clever work, which charts its own territory through deep immersion in Japanese culture." --Publishers Weekly starred review

Nick Bradley's ingenious choreography of a constantly moving city, is touching, surprising and sometimes heartbreaking. - Guardian

The key pleasure of reading this book is its sprightly vigour - cool but not hipsterish, ambitious but not pretentious - that evokes a similar liveliness in the reader. It makes you feel young again. - John Self, The Times

In a very impressive, finely observed debut, Nick Bradley masterfully weaves together seemingly disparate threads to conjure up a vivid tapestry of Tokyo; its glory, its shame, its characters, and a calico cat. - David Peace, author, The Red Riding Quartet

The Cat and The City is a love letter to Japan and its literature. Bradley's passion for everything from onigiri to Tanizaki's short stories is woven into this book. Bradley was for a time an ex-pat and his insight into their perching state is particularly intriguing. He is also very clearly a man with a great tenderness for cats. - Rowan Hisayo Buchanan, author, Go Home!

An inventive, clever and beguiling read. With Tokyo as the backdrop, this is a beautifully written novel about belonging and loneliness, about escape and destruction, where the enmeshed narratives (and a magical cat) bind the city together. - Elizabeth Macneal, The Doll Factory

Tender, delicate, and surprising, The Cat and The City is a lovely, rare progeny of a meeting between the English and the Japanese imagination. - Amit Chaudhuri, author, The Immortals


Product Details
ISBN: 9781786499912
ISBN-10: 1786499916
Publisher: Atlantic Books
Publication Date: August 1st, 2021
Pages: 304
Language: English
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