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Fantastic Feline Fiction: The Best Books Featuring Cats

Posted on 4th June 2024 by Mark Skinner

Curl up with a delicious story where our feline friends take centre stage with our great selection of the finest cat tails (sorry, tales).  

Ever since the great Soseki Natsume viewed the madness and hyposcrisy of Meiji era Japan through the eyes of a cynical feline in I Am a Cat, we've been crazy for stories that emphasise the cat-human bond. Given the pedigree (pun very much intended) of Natsume's work it is probably unsurprising that the most enduring and popular novels revolving around the wisdom and/or comfort of cats should emanate from Japan. Books by Hiro Arikawa, Takashi Hiraide, Makoto Shinkai and others have become modern classics and even non-Japanese authors, like Nick Bradley, feel compelled to root their tales in the Land of the Rising Sun. 

From kaleidoscopic portraits of the richness of society to intimate, uplifting stories of hope and change brought about by feline sagacity, the books recommended in this blog are all soul-soothing reads for bad days that make you feel just that little bit better about the world. So, pull up a comfy chair, prepare a warming brew and settle down with the best cat-based fiction. 

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Gently satirical and whimsical, Soseki's classic introduces a world-weary stray kitten whose observations on the foibles of the Japanese upper classes during the Meiji era are rich in wry humour.
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A gentle, infinitely wise novel about taking time to enjoy those magical moments in life, The Travelling Cat Chronicles centres on a road trip to visit three old friends undertaken by a man and his loyal, loving feline companion.
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A talking cat enlists a high school student’s help on a wild book-saving mission in Natsukawa’s spellbinding story featuring unwitting book torturers, greedy publishers and a whole lot of literary magic.
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Moving, nuanced and comforting, Hiraide's modern classic about a couple drifting apart from each other and the stray cat that brings them back together mines themes of love, connection and generosity of spirit.
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Syou Ishida pairs up a diverse range of cats with humans looking to heal in this utterly charming Japanese bestseller about a unique clinic.
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Troubled souls spend three days with a therapeutic 'blanket cat' in this quirky and tender-hearted tale which pays tribute to feline healing power.
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Adapted by Shinkai from his short film and manga of the same name, She and her Cat is a warming hug of a novel about the connection between humans and felines told through a series of vignettes set on the outskirts of Tokyo.
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With Tokyo and a stray cat at its heart, Bradley’s debut is a tender, comic and finely observed journey into the intersecting lives, cultures and identities of a metropolis.
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Blending astrology, baking and talking cats, Mochizuki's uplifting story revolves around an enigmatic coffee shop run by some very wise felines and the humans who benefit from their sage advice.
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From Hollywood stars to Buddhist masters, a rescued kitten sees them all come and go from her vantage point in the Himalayas in Michie's soul-soothing and spiritual tale about the nature of contentment and happiness.
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A heartwarming and engaging story for all fans of Matt Haig and Toshikazu Kawaguchi, The Ghost Cat views over a century of life in an Edinburgh tenement through the eyes of a feline spectre.
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Set in a world populated by anthropomorphic cats, the first of Morton's delightful murder mysteries serves up high concept crime with a feline twist, as a spate of bodysnatching shatters the peace and quiet of retirement home Furcross.
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A purr-fect slice of cosy crime ideal for fans of Richard Osman and the Reverend Richard Coles, Shearer's charming whodunit revolves around the sinister death of an old lady and the feline sleuth who helps to crack the case.
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