When Samuel wakes up on 1st January, he is convinced that the year ahead will bring nothing exciting or unusual - until a strange visitor bursts into his flat, determined not to leave. The appearance of Mishima, a young stray cat, leads Samuel to a strange encounter with Valdemar and his neighbour Titus, with whom he had previously never exchanged a word, and is the beginning of the incredible transformation that is about to occur in the secluded world he has built around himself. As a tender friendship develops out of these encounters, Samuel discovers, for the first time in his life, how small everyday acts can have the power to unleash a hurricane of feeling and awaken the heart from its slumber.
Love in Small Letters was written by Spanish author Francesc Miralles in 2010 and has been translated to English by Julie Wark and published her in the UK last month by Alma Books.
This is a quirky little story about Samuel, a solitary man who tends to isolate himself so that he doesn't get let down by people. It's New Year's Eve and Samuel is celebrating with twelve grapes; one for each chime of midnight. His lonely celebrations are disturbed by a cat who manages to get inside Samuel's apartment. It's funny how one small animal can then go on to change lives.
Mishima the cat seems to spark a real change in Samuel. The man who had never spoken with his neighbours now starts to make friends, he rediscovers the long-lost feelings of love that he really didn't feel that he would experience ever again.
Love in Small Letters is peppered with literary references and links to music and the art world, and although is just a short novel, it is a very satisfying story. Filled with eccentricity, cats and some extraordinary characters, this is a story that can easily be read in just a couple of sittings.
My thanks to Clementine from Alma Books who sent my copy for review. I have one paperback copy of Love in Small Letters to give away. To enter, please complete the Rafflecopter widget below - sorry UK entries only please. Good luck!
Born in Barcelona, Francesc Miralles has written many best-selling books and received several prestigious literary awards.
As well as fiction, he has published extensively in the self-help, coaching and inspirational field.
Love in Small Letters is his most famous and acclaimed book to date.
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