Monday, 15 September 2014

When former stray cats begin to "change"

It's nice to see George settled here but I'm also worried he might be getting a bit too self-important. Back in May, he lived in a bush behind my garden. Now he's going around the place, putting up his own signs, as if he owns it.

Thursday, 4 September 2014

Email from my dad

I was away last week. My dad stayed here, did some walking and looked after the cats. He sent me this email afterwards.

One of my favourite pics of The Bear

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Fancy a pint down The Bear & Roscoe?

Today a nice company called Purrfect Box sent a box of toys and treats for my cats (see valerian heart being destroyed by Roscoe below). Instead of addressing the package to me, the company decided to write my cats' names on the package. The courier looked slightly stressed when he arrived at the door. "I've been driving around for ages looking for a pub called The Bear & Roscoe," he told me as he handed me the package.

Thursday, 21 August 2014

Places To Order The Good, The Bad And The Furry (That Aren't Amazon)

Being an author these days and dealing with amazon is a bit like being Luke Skywalker and trying to fight Darth Vader and just going, "Oh, sod it. BE my dad." For their tax practices, for their fleecing of authors and publishers, for the fact that they very clearly (see the extremely illuminating recent New Yorker mag article on them) have few people who give a crap about books any longer working for them, they're reprehensible. But other bookshops take notice of amazon sales, and many readers will still buy from amazon, for entirely understandable reasons related to convenience and bank balance, so boycotting them as a writer or publisher in the current climate would be an act of self-harm. In a perfect world I - and The Bear too, especially - would like all people to buy my books at small independent bookshops, but we don't live in a perfect world.

That said, amazon - who, not in any way insignificantly, are in dispute with Hachette, who own Little Brown, the company who now publish my books - have been absolutely abysmal at stocking The Good, The Bad And The Furry recently, despite the book's increasing popularity, and that of the two books about @MYSADCAT that came before it (the second of which, Talk To The Tail, hit the number one spot on amazon's non fiction ebook chart this morning). I apologise for this. The book has been unavailable on amazon for almost over a month now, and I know a lot of @MYSADCAT followers have found this very frustrating, so I thought I should link to a few other sites where the book can easily - and inexpensively - be purchased instead....

The Good, The Bad And The Furry at The Book Depository (with free worldwide delivery)

The Good, The Bad And The Furry at Waterstones

The Good, The Bad And The Furry at Guardian Bookshop

The Good, The Bad And The Furry at Hive (good way to support independent shops) 

2015 MYSADCAT Calendar: Now Available To Pre-Order (first 500 signed)!

Order yours here from Graffeg*.

*They do international delivery too!

Monday, 18 August 2014

George's new favourite sleeping position

I often think that when he was a stray George said to himself "Ok. What are all the things I need to do for humans to love me?" then learned every one of them.