Review by Ann McDonald
From when he first ambled into Paul Magrs’s yard—skinny, covered in flea bites, and missing all but one and a half teeth—Fester knew he’d found his family. Paul and his partner, Jeremy, thought it was the ragged black-and-white stray, tired from a rough life on the streets, who was in desperate need of support. But clever Fester knew better. He understood that it was his newfound owners who needed the help.
This is the true story of an extraordinary little cat whose gentle charm and trusting soul turns two young men into a family. It is a lovely tale that at times, is happy, sometimes sad but always moving. A stray, flea-bitten cat with only one and a half teeth, decides to take two young men in hand, or paw, because he knows that they need his wisdom and know-how, after all, he has lived out in the rough with some tough cookies. Even down by the railway embankment.
Through the eyes of Fester, you see Manchester in all its glory and a house that’s turned into a home. Our two intrepid warriors find each other and build a life together in spite of much harassment from various family members and friends. For seven years, he watches over them, shares birthdays and Christmas cheer, some days in the backyard and snowy days when Fester is glad he has a family who takes care of him where it’s nice and warm.
Paul and Jeremy drift in and out of Fester’s story, they become the entwined threads in each other’s lives and hearts. This is a very unusual story and it will make you smile and shed a tear but best of all, you won’t ever forget Fester the Cat. Buy the book, keep it and enjoy the heck out of it. Highly recommended.
In stores November 4th