Four Seasons in Japan (Paperback)
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Four Seasons in Japan (Paperback)

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Paperback 336 Pages
Published: 13/06/2024
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Waterstones Says

A heartwarming and quietly profound story-within-a-story novel from the author of The Cat and The City, Four Seasons in Japan follows a Tokyo translator who stumbles upon a mysterious book left on the subway about a stern grandmother haunted by a family tragedy and her young grandson whose guardian she's just become.

A heartwarming and profound novel about the power of books and connection between generations, that is also a love letter to Japan and its literature.

‘Every book worm would love this.’ Glamour

‘An emotionally engaging story ... there's something here for everyone.’ The Times


Flo is sick of Tokyo.

Suffering from a crisis in confidence, she is stuck in a rut, her translation work has dried up and she's in a relationship that's run its course.

That's until she stumbles upon a mysterious book left by a fellow passenger on the Tokyo Subway.

From the very first page, Flo is transformed and immediately feels compelled to translate this forgotten novel, a decision which sets her on a path that will change her life.

As Flo follows the characters across a year in rural Japan, through the ups and downs of the pair's burgeoning relationship, she quickly realises that she needs to venture outside the pages of the book to track down its elusive author.

And, as the two protagonists reveal themselves to have more in common with her life than first meets the eye, the lines between text and translator converge, and it soon becomes clear that Flo’s journey is just beginning…

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Praise for Four Seasons in Japan:

‘A gentle, tender and thoughtful book, exploring literature, love, human connection, Japanese culture and the disillusion of youth…crafted in such a way that you want to savour every chapter.’Culturefly

‘Four Seasons in Japan doubles as a love letter to Japanese culture, its landscape, and literature, exploring the comfort found in books and the (mis)understanding between generations.’ Country & Town House

‘A poignant, quiet and affecting novel full of love as well as loss.’ Observer

Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
ISBN: 9781804991688
Number of pages: 336
Weight: 235 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 20 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

Surprisingly moving ... This is a novel that occupies multiple worlds in multiple ways ... a postmodern riddle while also making for an emotionally engaging story ... there's something here for everyone. - The Times

Bradley builds a poignant, quiet and affecting novel full of love as well as loss. - Observer

Transportive, mesmerising and beautiful, there is such a poignancy and tenderness to the story . . . written with lyrical prose that is emotive and warm. Every book worm would love this. - Glamour

Heartwarming - Cosmopolitan

Bradley has created an authentic sense of place, capturing the parochial intimacies and day-to-day rhythms of small-town life in Japan - Literary Review

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“Four Seasons in Japan”

This is such a lovely story. I enjoyed it from beginning to end. Kyo is sent to live with his grandmother, Ayako, by his mother. He is 19 and has failed his exams to get him into medical school so it has to spend a... More

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“A gorgeous, moving coming-of-age novel set in small-town Japan”

Flo, an American translator living in Tokyo and one of the characters in Nick Bradley's debut novel The Cat and the City, is going through a rough patch when she finds a copy of an obscure Japanese novel on the... More

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“Fabulous and incredibly descriptive”

This book within a book is just lovely. A slow paced book about Flo, a translator of Japanese to English, and a book she starts to translate. Flo has a few issues in her own life and gets completely embroiled in the... More

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