Jenny Melmoth is a wonderful writer of stories about cats and she has written two very special books – Jenny Melmoth’s two books are:

A Cat in My Lap by Jenny Melmoth, illustrated by Jo Berriman Isbn: 1873727194 £8.95 pb

This beautifully written book could be described as an autobiography punctuated by cats. Jenny Melmoth began her married life in rural Essex, later moving to Cheshire, and her elegant prose and wry observations make this account of her life in both places a joy to read. The author is not just a “cat person” – Jenny’s dogs, children, husband and many other characters play a part in her story – but it is her cats that give her books that special magic.

Dear Dear Mary: Letters home from Amber by Jenny Melmoth illustrated by Jo Berriman Isbn: 1873727216 £5.95 pb

Adoption after infancy is never easy and for a cat who is blissfully happy in a caring home it can come as a cruel shock to be transported to new surroundings. When Amber’s elderly owner can no longer look after her, this gentle little cat is given a loving home by the Melmoth family. But for Amber, her real home is still with her Dear Mary and so it takes her a long time to settle in. Her trials and tribulations along the way, her adventures, and her interaction with the rest of the household are recorded in these delightful letters, written by Amber to her beloved Mary, with a little help along the way from Jenny Melmoth.

Both these books are available from all good bookshops, but if you would like to acquire them urgently then please contact the publisher direct: Alfresco Books, Mill Race, Kirkby Malham, Skipton, BD23 4BN Tel/Fax 01729830868