Not many writers can transform ordinary lives into an amazing and absorbing experience, but enter the magical world of Welcome Bernard Socks and you discover a world where forgotten cats fade in the shadows, a potentially disastrous escape attempt leaves you wide-eyed with astonishment, and where you see just how well a cat copes when the ceiling disappears……
Bernard Socks is the new arrival at the home of Paul and Jeremy, in Levenshulme a suburb of one of Britain’s largest cities, Manchester. His story begins as our heroes mourn Fester the cat who left firm paw prints on their hearts, as well as over the local gardens and down by the local railway. You will recognise the feelings of loss and sadness that follow the passing of a special and much loved cat, and the space in a heart that needs to be filled, sooner or later…..
All of this is observed by the shade of Fester Cat who is gratified to see that the boys miss him a great deal. Fester tells of the boys’ discussions and then Paul’s thoughts on moving forward; and then, the discovery of Bernard Socks in a magical, or mysterious, or simply extraordinary cattery come treasure shop (yes there is such a thing!)
You will watch with delighted astonishment as event after event unfolds and Bernard Socks settles in; his many pseudonyms, how he is lost, and found, or perhaps not lost but simply meeting Fester on the most magical day of the year, when fading cats roam and extraordinary and truly special things happen.
Every pet owner who has loved and lost will empathise totally with Paul’s constant worry about new arrival Bernard Socks, where he goes, how he copes, if he is happy; but very few of us could describe the passing days with such perception and deft touches of humour that draw us into their corner of the world with such ease.
The Disappearing Roof
The eventual disappearance of part of the roof, and the subsequent attempts to rectify matters, is told with mixture of desperate fortitude and surreal patience, as a parade of finely drawn and borderline insane characters (who are meant to be putting things right), are followed with interest by Bernard Socks and his new family, as the people fail, and fail again to mend the ceiling…..
Over all of this Fester presides with thoughtful comment and wry observation. He is much missed but ever ready to guide his new protege to all the best spots in Paul and Jeremy’s house and garden. The same spots, Paul notes, that Fester used to like – and he wonders…..
What did we think?
We loved this book. It is beautifully written, funny, wistful and it captures with humour, wit and a few tears, the spirit of cats old and new within a small precious gem of real and ordinary life. Oh, and then there is the theory proposed by the retiring vet…….. We’d love your opinion on that!
- Publication Date 5th December 2015 Order from Obverse Books (UK)
Formats : I am told by the nice people at Obverse Publishing that Welcome Bernard Socks will be available for Kindle and Kobo. I will update the review immediately I have links. This is a lovely book you must not miss.
- Amazon.com has a link – kick some ass and request the date the book is due! Amazon has the date 23rd of December on the page – get those emails in now!
Fester Cat is out in paper and e-book – Amazon US. Kobo
We received a free review e-copy of ‘Welcome Bernard Socks’ but will be buying one for our Grandma for Christmas. Paul Magrs (the g is silent) is a noted author with writing credits on Dr Who. He also is a talented artist whose work can be found on RedBubble.com, he has a special touch when drawing cats and beautiful cities like Paris. We use an Amazon affiiate link.