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Thursday, 17 March 2011 13:39

Sales for White Chin are going well and Catnip have reprinted which is great news. I have been doing Year Six schools events around the North West of England and shortly my reports of all that took place in those schools will be up on the website! You were all brilliant I must say, and really kept me
on my toes. I have loved meeting you all and it has really helped me with ideas for the new book.  I have also done lots of signings in various bookshops around World Book Day, but now, because I am writing, I am going to keep my head down, and scribble, scribble, scribble.  Shortly I will paste my news about the new book.

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Sheila Moss said:

My Part Time Cats
Hi Marilyn.

I ordered White Chin and Moon Cottage Cats Vols 1 & 2 from Amazon on the 15th of March and as of last night have read them all. I couldn't put them down. Please write more books.

I apologize in advance for the legnth of this email bu would like your advice and so feel you need all the details.

I am presently being given a trial run by 2 ginger cats, 1 girl 2yrs old and one boy quite a bit older, siblings from different litters.

Two years ago We moved into a development of retirement bungalows which are built around a large grassed communal area with each bungalow having its own small patio and garden.

This seems to atract all manner of cats, some strays and homeless but also some from the immediate area who know when they are on to a good thing.

My next door neighbour is a long time cat person and has two cats, both strays who came calling, which she keeps indoors at all time mainly because she and to keep them in initially and then when she would have allowed them out i think they were frightened they wouldn't get back in. She also has several at houses of different types where strays, and others, take up residence in bad weather.

My partner is a sun worshiper and can be found outside from early morning to sunset in good weather (not actually doing anything useful but following the sun while reading) and so has been getting to know the various felines.

The ginger girl is very small and was only a kitten when she first showed up and decided to live in next doors shed which has a capflap.We thought she was a stray and so got her to the RSPCA who found out she was chipped and lived not very far from us in afamily who have a large number of cats which they intend to get rid of now their children a grown.

The boy is twice the size of his sister and is easily scared off. From what we have found out he had a bad accident sometime ago breaking the 2 back legs and injuring his mouth which also required surgery. He was kept apart from the other cats to recover but subsiquently lost his positon of top cat and beacmae a bit of an out cast.

One evening last summer baby girl came in through the bedroom window, claimed the corner of the bed and stayed there all night. That window now remains open at all times when we are home as we feel we can't shut her in because she isn't really ours. We went away fro 2 weeks and during this time she moved back to next doors shed during the night and spent the days banging on the back door with her head to be fed. The day we came home she came sraight back to us and made a big fuss of us. Since then she has only missed sleeping here 2 nights when she was shut in another neighbours shed. She now also spends most of her days here as well.

Just after christmas big boy her brother decided to come ib as well. She didn't really like this and saw him off frequently but her persevered and she eventually allowed him access as long as he didn't push it.

We are now having a lot of the problems you mention. he is gradually taking everything of hers so she moves somewhere else then he takes that as well. They will both block the open window so the other one can't get in or out. They swipe at each other frequently although but only have a full blow row very occasionally and to be truthful I have never seen blood just clumps of fur.

Am I worrying to much about this and should i just leave them to it. I am also worried about the fact that they are not really ours although their owner knows they are here.

Big Boy really needs vets treatment but we can't take him as he is chipped so they would know he isn't ours. His owners should have taken him back for followup treatment but are not doing so. If we went to the RSPCA about this we would lose both of them. He now loves us to stroke him and pet him and sounds like a motorbike when we do but he still will not actually come to us. He come near and then we have to move to him.

They have changed my life so much as, at the age of 64, I have had to give up my job due to ill health and have been very depressed. Just watching them lifts my spirits so much and i would hate to lose my share of them.

I know i could get a cat of my own but that would not go anywhere near to replacing these two monkeys.

I don't even really know what i expect you to say to me, i just needed to tell the story to someone who might understand.

Thanks for reading this.

March 22, 2011

Marilyn Edwards said:

reply to Sheila
Sheila - firstly thank you for lovely things you say about the books, much appreciated.

I will reply via email to you about your cat problem as it is going to need very careful handling and it is easier to read a long reply on email rather than on a website.

Take care and I will be back to you shortly. Marilyn
March 22, 2011

Sue Smith said:

Part time Cats
We were adopted by an elderly ginger cat 18months ago who has since turned our cosy feline family upside down. He too needed vet care which he got whilst I tried to find his owner. Having been successful in this endeavour he still didn't get the care he needed and kept coming back to us. We have now assumed full care of him and as far as I know he has not gone back to his old residence,neither have they contacted me re his whereabouts. I don't know what Marilyn has said in reply to you but for us it has worked out OK despite my resident females hostility towards him and his spraying response which thankfully isn't so often now. We just had to follow our gut instincts and help him which we think is what he was looking for when he found us .
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Amy lumb said:

hi marilyn

i know you but you do not know me,
i know you because you came to my school bolton le sands.smilies/grin.gifsmilies/cheesy.gifsmilies/wink.gif
October 15, 2011

Marilyn Edwards said:

reply to Amy
Hi Amy, it was lovely to meet you at Bolton le Sands school and thank you so much for taking part in that session and for your questions. I do hope it inspired you to read and write a little bit more. Did it do that?
October 15, 2011

Jane said:

White Chin
I came across a signed copy of your book 'White Chin', quite by chance. I stopped for lunch at 'Harvest' shop and cafe on a drive from Millom to Leeds via Kirkby Lonsdale. I could not put the book down. Heart gripping and the illustrations are simply adorable. I have therefore ordered the 'Cats of Moon Cottage' and 'More Tales from Moon Cottage'. I love cats. I have two aging neutered Tom cats called Jaffa (ginger tabby) and Tokay (long haired silver/grey tabby). Like you I cannot imagine a world without these adorable regal creatures. You really understand and represent their varied characters. I am sorry to hear about the passing of Pushkin. May he rest in peace. Best wishes for next book. Love Jane from Millom.
February 28, 2012

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Book Reviews

White Chin: the cat that walked by his wild lone

You either love cats or loathe them, but millions of feline fans will indulge themselves in this tale of White Chin, abandoned by his callous owners in a wood.

Forced to fend for himself, he survives until a farmer’s daughter, who witnessed the abandonment, finally finds him and encourages him back to family life.

Edwards, author of the Moon Cottage Cats series, has a genuine feel for the countryside and for the interaction between humans and animals, lending this gentle tale of trust and loyalty a sensitive and uplifting emotional core.

Aimed at younger readers, it will find plenty of adults reading it under the duvet.

Sally Morris - Daily Mail, 17th September 2010

White Chin: the cat that walked by his wild lone

Closely observed and very moving, complemented perfectly by fine detailed illustrations.
Michael Foreman

A terrific animal adventure and an incredibly heart-warming story.

This isn't just another animal story: it's a slice of life and the illustrations are an absolute triumph.
Jane Badger

A sensitively wrought and compelling story that takes you inside the mind of a feline. Edwards has captured a voice that young adults will love.
Karin Slaughter

The Cats of Moon Cottage

A vivid, honest and observant book about a life with cats, told with charm and wit.
Desmond Morris

Cat lovers will adore this book. I know I did. A tender story of love between the author and her cats.
Celia Haddon

More Cat Tales from Moon Cottage

A colourful chronicle that celebrates the many ways animals enrich our relationships and our lives. It's catnip for anyone who has ever loved a feline.
Karin Slaughter

The Cats on Hutton Roof

I admire this book even more than its predecessors. I don't think it's exaggerating to say that in some ways it stands comparison with Tarka the Otter. The tone of voice is different, and so is the pace, but the observation and the empathy are of similar quality.

And these, I believe, are the most important things in attempts to interpret the animal world to the rest of us.
Geoffrey Moorhouse

The Coach House Cats

A fascinating account of the intertwined lives of four cats. A touching book, intelligently observed.
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