US edition and other news

Cover of the US edition
Respected US publishers Albert Whitman will be bringing out a US edition of The Last Free Cat this autumn (or fall, if you’re reading this over there). They’re very excited about the potential of the book in the States.

Meanwhile the novel has been published as an e-book by Hachette, the original publishers: nice review of this on Amazon.

The Korean edition is making slow progress, but the publishers there have huge regard for the book and its potential impact in South Korea. Hopefully there will be news of a publication date shortly.

Some people have noticed that The Last Free Cat, besides being a politically-charged thriller increasingly in keeping with the age, is also a romance: check out this considerable honour.

And film-makers please note this further compliment.

The support of enthusiastic fans of the book is invaluable. Reviews, comments on forums etc can really make a difference.

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Last Free Cat published in Japan

The Last Free Cat is now available in a Japanese translation. It’s a beautiful production, smaller than the UK version, with a cover (shown here in thumbnail) showing Jade and Feela, who has been portrayed accurately from the description in the novel, and shows a remarkable similarity to the real-life model for Feela. Fantastic outfit for Jade as well!

Feela heads for Korea

International interest in The Last Free Cat has taken another step forward with the news that a Korean publisher is to bring out the novel. News on publication dates etc to follow.

South China Morning Post praises Last Free Cat

It’s good to know that The Last Free Cat is still attracting attention around the world. Following the review posted earlier from a top US books blogger, the novel has now had a huge recommendation from a reviewer on the Hong Kong based South China Morning Post. The review is posted in thumbnail form below.

Cats in season: a clarification

last free cat coverJon Blake writes:

I’m grateful to a reader for pointing out that the scene in which Feela comes into season may give the wrong impression.

Because of what Jade has heard about ferrets, she is afraid that Feela might die if she doesn’t mate. No-one confirms this, but Amelie suggests it may not do Feela any good is she doesn’t find a tom.

Amelie, however, is not an expert, so I do want to make it clear that female cats are in no danger if they fail to mate when in season. They can, however, run into health problems through continually mating, as I know all too well. The real-life model for Feela became infected when pregnant for the second time while still weak from her first kittens. Her life was only saved by having a hysterectomy (womb removal).

Hope that clears things up.

Author gets swine flu, doesn’t find pig

pigmanJon Blake writes:

I’m just recovering from a nasty dose of swine flu. Unlike the cat flu in ‘The Last Free Cat’, it hasn’t led to hugely expensive pigs, nor have I found an unlicensed one in my garden. But the pandemic has shown how the events in The Last Free Cat really are feasible.

While convalescing I’ve been delighted to find an enthusiastic new customer review on Amazon.

I’m currently at work on an adult novel about the 1969 Isle of Wight Festival of Music (the one starring Dylan). My dad was the electrical contractor for it and I was there at 14. There is a website about it (suitable for teens and adults) here.

Top books blog recommends Last Free Cat

last free cat coverStefanie Hollmichel’s So Many Books is one of the most respected books blogs on the internet – nearly a quarter of a million hits.   Stefanie’s recommendations are always looking out for, and now they include The Last Free Cat, of which she says: “it is. . a story about finding the truth, working for a greater cause and taking a stand. The book is also filled with wonderful instances of the kindness of strangers and goodness coming from unexpected places. If you have a cat-loving reader on your holiday list this year, this might be the book for them.”

The Last Free Cat, at the moment, is only in UK bookshops, but thanks to the wonders of Amazon and other online stores, anyone in the world can order it, so let’s hope it now gets some fans in the USA and beyond!

Great review at Write Away

Creative writing and teacher training consultants Write Away have published a great review of The Last Free Cat on their website, calling it “a very satisfying read”. You can also find this on the reviews page here.

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