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Cleo

Cleo

For all those people who say they aren’t cat people, but deep down know they are.

‘Possibly the next Marley & Me‘ Red
‘A reminder of the gratitude humans owe to our companion animals’ Daily Mail

Helen Brown wasn’t a cat person, but her nine-year-old son Sam was. So when Sam heard someone mention that her cat had just had a litter, he pleaded to go and see them. Helen was powerless to resist and the deal was done – to be delivered when the kitten was big enough to leave her mother.


Tragically, just a week later, Sam was killed in a road accident. Not long after this, a little black kitten was delivered to the family’s doorstep. Totally numbed by Sam’s death, Helen had completely forgotten about the new arrival, which belonged in another universe when Sam was still alive.

Helen was ready to send her back, but Sam’s younger brother, Rob, identified with the kitten who’d also lost her brothers. Stroking her, it was the first time Helen had seen him smile since Sam’s death. There was no choice, the kitten – dubbed Cleo – had to stay.

Cleo’s immense character slowly taught the family to laugh again, giving them hope of getting back to normal. Over the next 24 years she went on to become the high priestess of Helen’s household – vetoing her new men, terrifying visiting dogs and playing an integral role in their lives to become both a guardian and beloved friend.

Optioned for film.
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Genre: Biography & True Stories / Memoirs

On Sale: 28th October 2010

Price: £10.99

ISBN-13: 9781444700145

Reviews

Possibly the next Marley and Me, Cleo, is an honest and un-mawkish true story of ordinary people rebuilding their lives after a tragedy, with the help of a kitten. Even non cat-lovers will be moved.
<i>Good Housekeeping</i>
Cat-lovers will be charmed and amused . . . a salutary reminder of the gratitude we humans owe to our companion animals.
<i>Daily Mail</i>
Possibly the next Marley & Me, Cleo, is an honest and un-mawkish true story of ordinary people rebuilding their lives after a tragedy, with the help of a kitten. Even non cat-lovers will be moved.
Good Housekeeping
Cat-lovers will be charmed and amused by Brown's lively description of the imperious way in which Cleo reconfigured a distraught household. And her generous and . . . admirably unsentimental account of Cleo's long life is a salutary reminder of the gratitude we humans owe to our companion animals.
Daily Mail