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When Cleo was released a few years ago, I was honoured the story of our small black cat was so warmly received around the world. Half a million copies and 16 languages later, Cleo is poised to become a movie made by South Pacific Pictures (makers of The Whale Rider).
It was a thrill when the sequel, After Cleo Came Jonah (Cats and Daughters in the US) was embraced by critics and readers alike.
I'm delighted to announce my first work of fiction, Tumbledown Manor, is about to be released in Australasia. The German language version will be available in February next year.
"Richly observed and laugh-out-loud
funny, Tumbledown Manor is for anyone
ready to reinvent themselves."
Life's going down the gurgler for Lisa Trumperton.
The deadline for her next novel is looming, her daughter's
being difficult, and now her Wall Street trader husband
has run off with a woman at work.
Lisa makes a quick escape home to Australia, where at least
her son seems to be making hay. Determined to grow older
disgracefully, Lisa turns her back on a trim and tidy townhouse
to buy a grand old country house which once belonged
to her great-grandfather.
But like its new owner, Trumperton Manor has seen better
days. Crumbling, filthy and possibly haunted, it defies
Lisa's initial attempts to restore it. Add flood, fire and family
secrets, plus a stray cat with attitude and an overly familiar
handyman, and the cracks begin to show . . .
Celebrate with me at Belmont Library, 163 High Street,Geelong (ph. 5243 2655) 6.30pm on August 29. Space is limited so please contact the venue.
Tumbledown Manor Launch Events - New Zealand
Click here to see dates and locations for my New Zealand events for the launch of Tumbledown Manor.
I'll post details of other locations as they are available.
Here's a blog post that featured on the front page of Huffington Post's book Section.
I Married My Cat...And My Husband!
Cats and Daughters (After Cleo Came Jonah)
"An intimate memoir about one woman and her relationship with her cat and family... [Brown] writes eloquently about the bonds that exist between women of all ages... a pleasant and moving story of love and identity among mothers, daughters and felines." Kirkus Reviews.
"Poignant and life-affirming" Daily Express UK
“A Must Read” The Lady UK
This is the story of how one cat leads to another, that rebellious felines and daughters have more in common than you might think. And how I learned compromise and medication can be okay.
Insight Daily Radio interview
“Possibly the next Marley and Me” Good Housekeeping UK
For all those people who say they aren’t cat people but deep down know they are, this is the story of how a small black cat padded into our lives at a time when we most needed help. I thought a kitten was the last thing we needed, but Cleo proved how wrong I was.
Hodder UK Hardback
Complex Chinese edition (Taiwan)
US book cover