During a twitter conversation with Foyles Bookstore a couple of days ago I realised one of the reasons it had taken me seven years to find a publisher for Cat Walk was because it is ‘uncategorizable’. Foyles kindly sent me emails for the Natural History dept and the art dept of the bookshop. I thought, hmmmm, well, it’s not Natural History and it’s not Art.
So, what is it?
I know when I finally got a publisher to listen I said something like,
” Well, it has cats in it, but it’s not about cats. It doesn’t have a story as such, but there are all kinds of stories tangled up in it. It’s about walking, but it’s not a hiking guide, and it’s a travel book about going nowhere. It’s kind of about finding beauty in your own back yard, finding peace there. It’s about friendship. And cats. But it’s not about cats. I already said that? And it’s got photographs, but it’s not a ‘photography’ book. I think I am just going to have to show you, by making it, and you can help me? I can sort of see what it looks like.”
And they did. Perhaps not the most perfect pitch for a book, but Graffeg were and are a joy to work with. ( Even when I forgot Matthew was coming and was working in my pjs the first time he came to visit, and a mouse fell on my head the day Peter came, when I opened the door and then the cat sat in the frying pan so I didn’t feel I could cook him lunch.)
It doesn’t fit on a shelf category in a bookshop. It fits in the hands of readers, who like books.
And pictures of Pembrokeshire looking wonderful.
And cats curled on lovely textiles, and looking beautiful.
And you can pre order signed copies from Solva Woollen Mill and come to the book launch on 24th September. ( Solva have lots of my other books too, and jigsaws and notecards and notebooks. They include The Barefoot Book of Classic Poems bow in its 10th edition and tell Me a Dragon which is on the Summer reading Challenge list.)