The Girl Who Leapt through Time

By Yasutaka Tsutsui

Translated by David Karashima

ISBN: 9781846881343

176 pages

RRP: £6.39

A literary classic of Japanese Young Adult Fiction

One of Tsutsui’s best-known and most popular works in his native Japan, The Girl Who Leapt through Time is the story of fifteen-year-old schoolgirl Kazuko, who accidentally discovers that she can leap back and forth in time. In her quest to uncover the identity of the mysterious figure that she believes to be responsible for her paranormal abilities, she’ll have to push the boundaries of space and time, and challenge the notions of dream and reality.

Also included in this volume is another celebrated novella by Yasutaka Tsutsui called The Stuff Nightmares are made of which is usually published with The Girl who Leapt Through Time.

The animated film based on the novel won numerous awards in 2006, including the Japan Academy Prize for Animation of the Year


  • Imagine a manic J.G. Ballard, but one with an even darker past to work out.

    Nicholas Lezard
    The Guardian

  • The nice thing about Tsutsui is that history and modernity combine effortlessly, as do drab reality and fantasy.

    Philip Hensher
    The Daily Telegraph

Yasutaka Tsutsui

The winner of various awards, including the Izumi Kyoka Prize, the Kawabata Prize and the Yomiuri Literary Prize, Yasutaka Tsutsui is one of the leading Japanese novelists and short-story writers. Many of his works have been adapted into plays, animes and movies.