Today we are looking at the book Able Seacat Simon by Lynne Barrett-Lee. This book will be out tomorrow so if you want to get your hands on it order it quickly. 😀
Inspired by real events, this is the story of ‘Able Seacat’ Simon’s adventures and heroics in dangerous wartime seas.
When an orphaned kitten is discovered in the Hong Kong docks in 1948 by a British soldier, he has no idea of the journey he’s about to go on. Smuggled onto the HMS Amethyst, and named ‘Simon’ by his new friends, the little cat quickly acclimatises to his new waterborne home, establishing himself as the chief rat-catcher in residence while also winning the hearts of the entire crew.
Then the Amethyst is ordered to sail up the Yangtze to guard the British Embassy, and tragedy strikes as the ship comes under fire from Communist guns. Many of the crew are killed and Simon is among those who are seriously wounded. The ship is held hostage for months, with the crew and Simon working together to keep morale up and devise a means of escape.
Soon, news of Simon’s heroism spreads and he becomes famous world-wide – but it is still a long journey back to England for both the crew and the plucky little cat known as Able Seacat Simon…
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Able Seacat Simon is the only cat to be among 65 animals to be awarded the
PDSA Dickin Medal, the animal charity’s equivalent of the Victoria Cross. The power of animals to support and sustain morale in times of conflict can never be underestimated.
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We absolutely loved the book! The author did a brilliant job at combining true events with fiction to create a unqiue story!
The story is narrated by the cat so for those of you that love books from a cat point of view this is a MUST have! There are not many authors that can do this in a way that it comes across as really being the cat talking but Lynne is one of these!
If you would like to get the book yourself it is available from:
More about the author:
Lynne Barrett-Lee is an award-winning novelist and internationally acclaimed ghostwriter, with several Sunday Times bestselling titles to her name. Her work includes The Baby Laundry for Unmarried Mothers, Giant George; life with the world’s biggest dog, and the global sensation The Girl With No Name, which has been translated into 23 languages. Lynne also writes a weekly column for the Western Mail Weekend magazine, and teaches creative writing in her spare time.
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