After Cleo, Came Jonah : They Don't Always Come When Called, Paperback

After Cleo, Came Jonah : They Don't Always Come When Called Paperback

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'Some say your previous cat chooses your new feline.

If so, what in cat heaven's name was our beloved Cleo thinking when she sent us a crazy cat like Jonah?' Jonah entered Helen Brown's life not long after she was diagnosed with breast cancer and had begun recovery from a mastectomy.

His arrival coincided with the finalisation of her previous book, Cleo, as well as preparations for the wedding of her son and struggles with her daughter's determination to embark on a spiritual journey.

Jonah, as it happened, was just as headstrong as Helen's daughter.

So while Helen attempted to deal with her own mortality and help arrange a wedding, her daughter took off to war-torn Sri Lanka and Jonah fled down the street.

In Cats and Daughters, Helen Brown writes with honesty and humour about family life, its serious setbacks and life-changing events.

She also learns that sometimes the best thing a strong mother and cat slave can do is step back, have faith in those she loves and be grateful nothing's perfect.

As Helen writes in her dedication, this book is 'to cats and daughters who don't always come when called'.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 336 pages, b&w photos in prelims
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Memoirs
  • ISBN: 9781444736717



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I thought that I was going to be reading about a cat but it turned out to be more about a woman recovering from breast cancer and doing battle with her daughter. Helen Brown comes across as a rather whiny, smug and self congratulatory person.Jonah, on the few occasions when he appeared, (he came in about half way through the book) sounded remarkably like my Bombay boy and I could have done with more about him and less about Mrs Brown.It took a real effort of will to actually finish this book. Pity about that; I shall not bother to read her first book, Cleo.

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