Mickey: The cat who helped me through times of change

Mickey by Helen Brown

$35.00 Inc GST

From the New York Times bestselling author of Cleo, a warm, wistful coming-of-age true story about the transition from childhood to adolescence, and the small stray cat who helped guide the way.

It was 1966 and the times they were a-changing, even in the provincial New Zealand coastal town of New Plymouth. Skirts were getting shorter, the Vietnam War was on TV every night and French nuclear tests in the Pacific turned the night sky a violent red. Twelve-year-old Helen, the youngest daughter of an eccentric engineer and a musical theatre fanatic, was living in a crumbling castle overrun by nature, and overshadowed by the majestic Mount Taranaki. On the eve of puberty, everything suddenly is uncomfortable and unfamiliar to Helen. She feels lonely and lost, adrift in this new turbulent sea.

That is, until her father gifts her a tiger-striped kitten with extra toes on each paw. Noticing an M on the cat’s forehead, Helen names her new companion Mickey. Inquisitive, clever and skittish, Mickey disrupts the already rambunctious household with his mischief. But as it turns out, he’s just the ally Helen needs to explore the new world waking up around her.

About the Author: Helen Brown was born in New Zealand. An award-winning writer and journalist, she is the author of more than a dozen books, including Cleo, a memoir about a cat and the accidental death of Helen’s nine-year-old son Sam, which has sold 2 million copies around the world. Helen writes a column for Yours magazine and articles for Huffington Post US. She lives in Melbourne.

01 May 2024

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Paperback / softback


Cats as pets



Publication Date

01 May 2024

Mickey: The cat who helped me through times of change, from the bestselling author of CLEO and BONO by Helen Brown ISBN 9780733341908

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