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Lesley’s Readers on BBC Radio Suffolk – book choice for January 2020

Written by · Published Dec 12, 2019

Each month BBC Radio Suffolk presenter Lesley Dolphin discusses a book with journalist Catherine Larner as part of Lesley’s Readers monthly book group.

This month’s chosen book is Before the Coffee Gets Cold, by Toshikazu Kawaguchi:

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

“In this novel, we meet four visitors, each of whom is hoping to make use of the café’s time-travelling offer, in order to: confront the man who left them, receive a letter from their husband whose memory has been taken by early onset Alzheimer’s, to see their sister one last time, and to meet the daughter they never got the chance to know.

“But the journey into the past does not come without risks: customers must sit in a particular seat, they cannot leave the café, and finally, they must return to the present before the coffee gets cold. Toshikazu Kawaguchi’s beautiful, moving story explores the age-old question: what would you change if you could travel back in time?”

If you’ve read the book, why not join in the discussion at 2:20pm on Wednesday 8 January 2020? Call Radio Suffolk on 01473 250000, email lesley.dolphin@bbc.co.uk, tweet @lesleydolphin or visit the Lesley’s Readers Facebook page.