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It’s surprising how little has changed in the New York neighbourhood where Bono and I lived.
At the time, I had no idea our story would become a book translated into Chinese and Russian.

“Seems like yesterday Lydia and I climbed those front steps with a wide-eyed cat inside his carry case. The heart-shaped door lock felt like a good omen – and still does.

With its fire escapes straight out of West Side Story the building’s hardly glamorous, yet magical things happened for me inside those walls.

The men are still selling handbags on the corner, and the flower shop is doing a good trade. I couldn’t help smiling outside the hardware store, where the kind assistants had given us a bowl for Bono.

When I reached the pet supply shop, though, my heart sank. It was empty and closed. A sign announced it was soon to morph into a waxing salon. Whatever had become of its owner, Doris, and her friendly cat?

I wandered past the brow salon where Lydia and I had paid painful homage to Nora Ephron, and down the hill to the bakery. After ogling the berry tarts of a gazillion calories, I ordered a coffee and eavesdropped on the other customers.

Though I don’t belong here any more, part of me will always be in this neighbourhood – thanks to a scruffy black rescue cat called Bono.”

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  • prl

    Hello Helen, I’m looking fwd. to reading more of your work. Laughing and crying I could not put the book cleo down. If I had to do an errand I’d rush home to see what adventure you endured. Best of luck as you continue to journey through the mysterious cat world.
    The heart shaped lock represents courage and the colour red, love and life.
    serenity, pr

    • Helen Brown

      Thanks so much. I love the symbolism you’ve pointed out.

  • Christine Ryan

    Dear Helen. I have loved Cleo from the first page, & have loved reading your book over & over again. It’s truly been one of the best books I have ever read.
    I enjoyed it’s sequel & now look forward to reading Bono. Wishing you & your family the best always. You are truly an amazing wordsmith writing with warmth and sincerity. I so loved our holiday in NZ & meeting the folk that live there. I look forward to more.

    • Helen Brown

      HI Christine,
      That’s wonderful to hear. Thanks for your kind words.
      I hope you have got your hands on a copy of Bono.
      Warmest wishes,

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