Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS)


Reading for Wellbeing Reading Group: The Cat Who Saved Books

09 December 2022, 1:00 pm–2:00 pm

A tray with autumnly leaves, an open book is placed on it and a mug with a creamy hot drink. Next to the tray is a blanket.

This reading group, started by Sam Rayner, Vice Dean of Wellbeing for the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, warmly welcomes any UCL staff who would like to meet and talk about how books – all kinds of books! – can help us with our sense of wellbeing.

This event is free.

Event Information

Open to

UCL staff






Samantha Rayner

In this special, nearly-the-end-of-term Reading Group, we’ll be meeting to discuss what we thought of Sosuke Natsukawa’s short novel, The Cat Who Saved Books. And because it will be the season for giving, we have some copies of the book to give away to the first dozen people who sign up!  Simply book your place, and we’ll be in touch to ask you where to send the book – or tell you where you can pick it up from on campus. 

About the book: 

The Cat Who Saved Books is a heartwarming story about finding courage, caring for others – and the tremendous power of books.

Grandpa used to say it all the time: Books have tremendous power. But what is that power really?

Natsuki Books was a tiny second-hand bookshop on the edge of town. Inside, towering shelves reached the ceiling, every one crammed full of wonderful books. Rintaro Natsuki loved this space that his grandfather had created. He spent many happy hours there, reading whatever he liked. It was the perfect refuge for a boy who tended to be something of a recluse.

After the death of his grandfather, Rintaro is devastated and alone. It seems he will have to close the shop. Then, a talking tabby cat called Tiger appears and asks Rintaro for help. The cat needs a book lover to join him on a mission. This odd couple will go on three magical adventures to save books from people who have imprisoned, mistreated and betrayed them. Finally, there is one last rescue that Rintaro must attempt alone . . .

Sosuke Natsukawa’s international bestseller, translated from Japanese by Louise Heal Kawai, is a story for those for whom books are so much more than words on paper.

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