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Publisher's Summary

In a small back alley in Tokyo, there is a café which has been serving carefully brewed coffee for more than 100 years. But this coffee shop offers its customers a unique experience: the chance to travel back in time....

From the author of Before the Coffee Gets Cold comes a story of four new customers, each of whom is hoping to take advantage of Cafe Funiculi Funicula's time-travelling offer.

Among some faces that will be familiar to listeners of Kawaguchi's previous novel, we will be introduced to:

The man who goes back to see his best friend who died 22 years ago,

The son who was unable to attend his own mother’s funeral,

The man who travelled to see the girl who he could not marry,

The old detective who never gave his wife that gift....

This beautiful, simple tale tells the story of people who must face up to their past in order to move on with their lives. Kawaguchi once again invites the listener to ask themselves: what would you change if you could travel back in time?

©2020 Toshikazu Kawaguchi (P)2020 Macmillan Publishers International Ltd

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as heartwarming as the first collection!

a warm cup of coffee of a book 🥰 i loved the bittersweet endings and the lovely atmosphere of the café. i'm surprised this follow-up isn't getting any buzz!

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  • Emma Brookes
  • 11-06-20

loved it

this book made me cry so much such a lovely story would definitely read again.

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  • Joël
  • 04-07-22

Beautiful book but Prefer Arina Ii's Narration

It's a beautiful story but I wish it had been narrated by Arina Ii who narrated the audiobook of the first novel

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  • tina86
  • 03-27-22

loved this

loved this book, such a clever idea and story line
beautiful story to listen to, clear narration
wonderful

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  • Dilys King
  • 01-08-22

Repetitive and boring

I thought I would scream if anyone repeated the “rules for using the chair to go back in time” once more. 😩 The narrator of the second book was marginally less annoying than the one on the first book who was very American despite this being a Japanese book. I only continued with it because it was chosen for our book club to discuss.

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  • R.Brunstrom
  • 12-02-21

Quirky and a cool idea.

Enjoyed it alot with some deep emotional aspects. Would definitely recommend for a quick read

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-10-21

First book was better

I didnt love this as much as the first book. But i still really enjoyed it. We get to know the cafe owner and workers a bit more in this one :) But I didnt feel as invested in these stories.

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  • Melanie
  • 03-30-21

magical and worth every second

adored all the stories as they intertwined, the writing is beautiful and I adored the narration.

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  • Daniela
  • 02-08-21

Lovely book

Si mi è piaciuto tantissimo!
Mi emozionava l idea che fosse ambientato in Giappone e che la lettura fosse lenta, descrittiva e riflessiva. Forse i nomi dei personaggi mi confondevano un po', magari andrebbe riletto con più attenzione. Il finale è meraviglioso. Sono felice di averlo letto tutto e di non averlo lasciato in sospeso
perché inizialmente non mi ha del tutto catturata proprio per il fatto che c erano troppi personaggi dai nomi particolari che spuntavano uno dietro l altro.