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Before the Coffee Gets Cold

Toshikazu Kawaguchi, Geoffrey Trousselot

In a small alley in Tokyo, there is a café which offers its customers a unique experience: the chance to travel back in time. Four visitors hope to make use of the café in different ways. Toshikazu Kawaguchi’s beautiful, moving story – translated from Japanese by Geoffrey Trousselot – explores the age-old question: what would you change if you could travel back in time? More importantly, who would you want to meet, maybe for one last time?

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“Brilliantly bonkers book about a Japanese café where you can travel back in time, beautiful story!”NHS Intensive Care Team


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05 August 2021

A beautifully written treasure of a book which touches your soul. It combines the tantalising prospect of time travel with some very clever and moving twists. I was hooked from start to finish and felt myself becoming intertwined with the characters who thread through the four linked chapters. I could picture myself with them in the little basement cafe at every turn – holding my breath with them, hoping with them, marvelling at their courage and celebrating their awakenings. Stunning!!

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