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Toby The Cross-Eyed Stray

Celia Haddon

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Prose: non-fiction, Cats as pets

Toby is a cross-eyed, bedraggled, ginger stray who enters Celia's life just when she needs him most. As her husband Ronnie's health deteriorates, Celia takes on Toby and soon realises that for both her and Ronnie, this little cat's rehabilitation is vital.

'Hunched among the shoes, half hidden by my dresses, filthy and terrified, he looked like a cat that might be seriously ill. He was toast-rack thin, with all his ribs sticking out, even through his longish hair...'

As Toby's story unfolds, so does Celia's. From her alcoholic exploits as a Fleet Street journalist during the 60s, to the death of her mother, Celia's bond with the feline world becomes stronger. Ronnie, a former war correspondent with an incredible career also finds himself succumbing to feline charms and comes to need Toby as much as Celia does.

This is a story of courage, hope and love in the most trying of circumstances.

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Celia Haddon

Celia Haddon is a bestselling anthologist whose books have sold well over 1,000,000 copies worldwide. She was the Daily Telegraph's pet agony aunt and is a reputed lover and worshipper of cats, having lived with them and loved them since she was a child. She has compiled a number of anthologies in their honour. She is also compiler of the best-selling One Hundred Ways series and a qualified cat behaviourist.

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