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Cleo: How a Small Black Cat Helped Heal a Family by Helen Brown
  

Cleo: How a Small Black Cat Helped Heal a Family

Biography / Autobiography   The Real World   

RRP £14.99

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March 2010 Good Housekeeping selection.

Possibly the next Marley And Me, Cleo, by Helen Brown, is an honest and un-mawkish true story of ordinary people rebuilding their lives after a tragedy, with the help of a kitten. Even non cat-lovers will be moved.

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Synopsis

Cleo: How a Small Black Cat Helped Heal a Family by Helen Brown

For all those people who say they aren't cat people, but deep down know they are. Helen Brown wasn't a cat person, but her nine-year old son Sam was. So when Sam heard someone mention that her cat had just had a litter, he pleaded to go and see them. Seeing Sam holding one of the tiny kittens in his hands, Helen was powerless to resist and the deal was done -- to be delivered when the kitten was big enough to leave her mother. Just a week later, Sam was killed in a road accident. Not long after this, a little black kitten was delivered to the family's doorstep. Totally numbed by Sam's death, Helen had completely forgotten about the new arrival, which belonged in another universe when Sam was still alive. Helen was ready to send her back, but Sam's younger brother, Rob, identified with the kitten who'd also lost her brothers. Stroking her, it was the first time Helen had seen him smile since Sam's death. There was no choice, the kitten -- dubbed Cleo -- had to stay Cleo's immense character slowly taught the family to laugh again, giving them hope of getting back to normal. She went on to become the high priestess of Helen's household - vetoing her new men, terrifying visiting dogs and playing an integral role in their lives to become both a guardian and friend.

Reviews

Possibly the next Marley and Me Good Housekeeping Cat-lovers will be charmed and amused by Brown's lively description of the imperious way in which Cleo reconfigured a distraught household. And her generous and ... admirably unsentimental account of Cleo's long life is a salutary reminder of the gratitude we humans owe to our companion animals. Daily Mail


About the Author

Helen Brown was born and brought up in New Zealand where she worked as a journalist, TV presenter and scriptwriter. Now living in Melbourne, Australia with her family, Helen continues to write columns for the New Zealand media, where she's been voted Columnist of the Year several times.

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Book Info

Publication date

18th February 2010

Author

Helen Brown

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Publisher

Hodder & Stoughton Ltd an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton General Division

Format

Hardback
304 pages

Categories

Biography / Autobiography
The Real World

Cats as pets
Memoirs
Coping with death & bereavement

ISBN

9781444700138

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