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Soothing Music for Stray Cats
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Soothing Music for Stray Cats

Subtitle :::::: Winner December 2009 :::::
By Jayne Joso
Published by Alcemi
ISBN 9780955527258
Category Literary/Mystery
December 2009


This contemporary rites of passage debut is calm, well-controlled and flooded with warmth and humanity. With a reflective voice akin to The Catcher in the Rye, it looks at how music and literature help one man understand his best friend’s suicide, as well as questions about friendship, intervention, and guilt.

Author's Biography

Jayne Joso has written extensively on Architecture and is highly regarded for her writing on Japanese arts & culture. Her first children's book was recently published in Japan, and her first play, China's Smile, commissioned in celebration of China's Children's Day, enjoyed a long theatre run and was later televised.


“[This novel presents] a view of urban Britain as a multi-shaded community of peoples... may emerge as one of the great, eccentric London novels.” Ian Thomson, Times Literary Supplement, April 09

“A richly comic... novel of youthful dreams and adult despair, told with rough charm... a generous and engaging novel... embracing the extremes of human experience.” Emma Rae, Planet

“Superb cover!” Rob Burdock,

“Skilfully melds the esoteric and the everyday, the surreal and the banal, to create a strangely-gripping narrative full of dark humour. A distinctive voice.” Joe Moran, Journalist, cover endorsement

“An unexpected and moving story about the redemption of misfits and the consolation of strangers.” Natalie Haynes, Comedian and Broadcaster, cover endorsement


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Reader Comments

Full of empathy and heart, this book really touched me.
This book is a gem, so thoughtful, sometimes painful... very moving...
I enjoyed thi very much indeed. It is written with great thought, talent and empathy.
My sister bought me this, it blew me away. Great book.
Absolutely loved this book, the ending totally took me by surprise. Great, I look forward to the next one from this exciting writer.
Liked this a lot. more please!
This reminded me of The Catcher in the Rye, and it feels weird now Salinger just passed away. I liked it very much and will read it again. It moved me.
A very good book indeed.
This rather blew me away. Not my usual read, but highly contemporary. Enjoyed it.
I enjoyed this book very much. The ending took me by surprise, and I found it complex and moving. It gets my vote.
I really dig the voice in this novel, amazing.. I stayed with the guy the whole way through...
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