Cave Canem

Having recently listed my favourite literary cats it only seemed fair to do the same for the other side – dogs. The world generally divides between…


Catnip

Having taken our name from one of literature's most famous moggies I wanted to offer up nine literary cats for your consideration. Our list must…


Ebooks: How digital publishers are 'shaking up' the industry

A hugely encouraging article from the BBC (not something that comes as a big surprise to us, of course!). More royalties? Check! More freedom?……


Women Sleuths

The female detective has long literary antecedents but she has had to fight hard for a place at the top table of crime. Each emerges from their time…


Holiday Reads

It’s a challenge as old as time, or thereabouts. Screw it up and the gentle Gods of travel and tour buses will suddenly grimace. Pick like a pro…


The Lutwidge Affair

Here at The Cat we like to think we all have a passion for fine literature...you’d be surprised if we had anything less. But our brand name isn’t…


Spine Tinglers

Book titles matter and getting them right is a key task for any author. They are also fascinating because they provide a social history of printed…


Narrative Voices

Finding a fictional voice must be like learning to sing. If you discover the melody people listen but hit a few bum notes and the audience is…


The Long Goodbye

I worked in newspapers for many years and spent much of that time dealing with news  stories. This is by way of making the point that I did not spend…


The Ann Cleeves Lecture

When you are crime-writing royalty you should expect to plant a bottom on every available seat. No surprise, then, to find a full house greeting…