Molly Arbuthnott

"I had been a teacher for seven years before turning to writing; I wanted to read a piece of my own writing to my class rather than someone else’s! Having lost our family Siamese cat on a ferry a few years before that seemed like a sensible place to start as a story theme, whilst also providing some emotional support for me and my family.

I use my many varied experiences from life and living in different countries as inspiration for my writing. Teaming up with three fantastic illustrators has helped breathe life into the stories; which have started to take on a life of their own. Each story is loosely based on family or friends who have been important in my life whilst also trying to tell stories in an honest and gentle way, singing praise to things we have to celebrate in our world. Teaching children to look out for others, work as a team and not to be afraid of doing the right thing is important. Such lessons might then filter through and be reflected in the way we, as humans, live in the magical world around us.

The stories have emerged into three unique groups; Oscar and his adventures, Other animals and African tales.

I feel like the luckiest person in the world to spend my time doing something I love and something that brings joy to others, and hopefully you too. There’s no greater gift in the world."

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Oscar The Ferry Cat

Oscar is an ordinary cat until, one day, his life is turned upside down. When he finds himself alone on a ferry, he begins to search for a new friend. How will he cope being on his own and will he ever find somewhere he can call home?