Japanese cat novel bids to be quirky Christmas hit

Japanese cat novel bids to be quirky Christmas hit

Booksellers are predicting that a Picador novel by a little-known Japanese writer will prove a left-field Christmas bestseller.

The Guest Cat by Takashi Hiraide, translated by Eric Selland, sold over 16,200 in paperback in its first six and a half weeks since publication at the end of September via Nielsen BookScan's TCM figures, after being championed by booksellers despite scant reviews. The publisher said full sales were "substantially more", and that the novel was now onto its seventh printing.  

Senior editor Kris Doyle acquired the book, which was a success for US publisher New Dire...

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