I will not speculate about the author’s sex life, but I suspect the author’s own dog’s name is Puff. Check out “Waifs and Strays”, another story from Cat Tales. Then go ahead and buy a copy of the book so you can read them all!
Illustration by Leighton Noyes
One of a writer’s tricks, I’ve learnt, is to defy expectations. You think Rover’s a dog? Aha! Rover is the name of the cat in Waifs and Strays, Louise G. Cole’s story in story in Cat Tales, the anthology drawn from last year’s Book a Break short story competition.
Rover, thought Toby, as he warmed the pot. What a stupid name for a cat; he’d been almost too embarrassed to say it at the vet’s. But the receptionist cheerfully revealed equally absurd names. ‘We have one woman who calls all her pets after vegetables,’ she said. ‘A cat called Cabbage and a dog called Potato…’
You can see from this tiny extract how charming the story is. But there’s depth to it too. Rover has just come back from the vet’s, where mites were removed from his ears, and Liz, Toby’s girlfriend, is…
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