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What You Are Looking for is in the Library

What You Are Looking for is in the Library

The uplifting Japanese fiction bestseller

By Michiko Aoyama

Hardback | ISBN 9780857529121

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Harry Hartog's review

Have you ever walked into a library or bookstore with one particular book in mind and left with a stack of books you didn’t know you needed? (All of us at Harry Hartog can relate!) This sweet, cosy book, told in five interconnected stories, perfectly encapsulates the joy of books, community and serendipitous discovery. - Renee, Harry Hartog Marrickville

Publisher's description

Inspirational and heartwarming, this bestselling nominee of the Japan Booksellers' Prize is a celebration of community libraries and the life-changing power of book recommendation.


A Time Magazine Top 100 Best Book of the year

'I ADORED this uplifting, hopeful novel ' Daily Mail
'It made me laugh and cry and feel comforted' 5***** Reader review
'A tribute to the transformative power of books and libraries' Irish Times

Already loved by thousands of readers, an inspirational tale of the love, comfort and growth you can find in the pages of a good book.
What are you looking for?

So asks Tokyo's most enigmatic librarian, Sayuri Komachi.

But she is no ordinary librarian.

Sensing exactly what someone is searching for in life, she provides just the book recommendation to help them find it.

We meet five visitors to the library, each at a different crossroads-

- The restless retail assistant eager to pick up new skills
- The mother faced with a demotion at work after maternity leave
- The conscientious accountant who yearns to open an antique store
- The gifted young manga artist in search of motivation
- The recently retired salaryman on a quest for newfound purpose

Can she help them find what they are looking for?

Which book will you recommend?

A Time Magazine Top 100 Must-read 2023
'An undeniable page-turner' New York Times

For fans of The Midnight Library and Before the Coffee Gets Cold, this feel-good Japanese book shows how the perfect book recommendation can change a life.


'I definitely want to visit this library. I feel kinder after this book' 5***** Reader review
'A quirky slice of feel-good fiction that you could recommend to anyone' Mail on Sunday
'Wonderful. It made me look for connection in my life' 5***** Reader review


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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9780857529121
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Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
Number of pages: 256
Width (mm): 134
Height (mm): 200
Depth (mm): 28

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