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            Welcome all to my Author Website!

I'm proud to announce that The Nine Lives of Summer, my 10th published book, and my 4th cat book, came out in paperback/ebook worldwide  on 1st March 2023.

 

Reviews have been excellent - in YOUR CAT magazine and others, plus genuine reviews on USA Amazon, NetGalley, are mostly 5 and 4 star. As have sales worldwide, paperback & ebook.

 

March was the 10th anniversary of the publication of the first, A Cat Called Dog, which is still very popular - it spawned a shorter child-friendly version and a sequel A Cat Called Dog 2 - The One with the Kittens (2017) - which, for some unknown reason, is borrowed from UK libraries a lot (2nd of my borrowed books; SOMEWHERE IN EUROPE is number 1). Film rights/options interest for all of them.

 

That is what is great about books - they are born & remain. A bit like paper children who go on to live lives of their own, which you, the mere author/birth parent can't control even if you want to, just as you can't decide what meaning readers read into your stories.

 

Books LAST and are there for evermore. I love that. Unlike all the drivel and dross online, all the pointless reviews by attention-seeking talentless BS merchants on amoral tax-dodging exploitative Amazon and its subsidiary Goodreads which is just as bad (which I now boycott, except to sell my last three KDP-published books). They matter and they remain. There is no bad to books. THERE IS NO BAD TO BOOKS.

 

I am SO proud to have published 10 books since 2010, well over half a million well-written words, bought & read by diverse readers worldwide (esp USA, Germany, and Scandinavia for some reason). Plenty of famous fans too: politicians (MPs, lords), household names (David Attenborough sent me 12 letters, Vera Lynn emailed me when she was 101 years old, Lady Anne Dodd, Julia Baird - John Lennon's sister...). The largest creative agency in LA even got in touch. Yup, Hollywood! I shall visit when invited, all expenses paid LOL.

 

 

And...I've just received a lovely contact from a reader/cat fan in the Far East inviting me to visit, which is great! Japan, South Korea, maybe more. Watch this space for news. I had NO idea I had even readers there until today!They adore all my 4 cat books. So my next book tour probably, next year. Better start brushing up my Japanese!

 

 

I have readers all over the world now who spontaneously get in touch sometimes. Some big fans in Germany - I may visit there again next year too. I have been a few times, but many years ago, and my German is ropey BUT I could so more Nazi and WWII research for future books, and have never visited Hamburg (where my 4th cousin twice removed was the posh British officer in charge post WWII) and Munich and all Bavaria, so...looking forward to it.

 

I shall also visit Israel next year, a beautiful brave people in THEIR homeland. I shall use the big compenstion I shall be receiving for being the target of anti-Semitic racist hate and abuse to travel and stay there (oh the sweet SWEET irony), and then some. I may live and work there in future, We'll see.

 

 

Also, my books all sell, collectively THOUSANDS since 2010. THE NINE LIVES OF SUMMER has sold well, as I mentioned (the average sales for a first novel incl from major publishers is just 400 and 70% books lose money, incl those from the big publishers); my 2021 quote book THINKING TIME has sold loads of ebook copies and still sells every year with NO PROMOTION from me or adverts; my poetry debut THE LOVED ONES has sold too, but sales are not THE focus of a quality poetry collection of course (the former Welsh national poet only sold 150 of her last collection, with all that backing and PR). Great reviews for all from honest readers. The usual revenge reviews from haters and fake reviewers from my cyberstalker (STILL THERE on Amazon and Goodrads despite complaints - I can PROVE that reviewer did not buy or read that book or even pages; the hater read a sample only then trashed my book in revenge against me. SAD!)

 

I KNOW when reviewers online are LYING, however, and posting fake reviews BECAUSE I am not JUST the author of my last 3 books but the publisher too, SO I have access to ALL sales data, ebooks, page reads, location of sales, the lots. ALL STATS (including how many hits THIS website gets and who and where they are LOL). So I can tell if any nasty malicious one star review posted by someone with a grudge was posted by someone who had not bought the book. WITH EVIDENCE. I can PROVE the trash reviewer did not buy/read the eBook - and also how many page reads THE LOVED ONES got in that month, October 2023 - so the trash reviewer read a SAMPLE, 12 pages on the data graph. 12 pages! That is what the graph says. Yet the reviewer claims '100% honest reviews' on Goodreads/Amazon. LIAR OUTED right there with digital evidence ANY court would accept too (thouugh corrupt amoral Goodreads/Amazon do not, JUST because the fake reviewer provides them with free copy, thousands of ignorant ranting reviews in the last 12 years, over half a million years of pointless drivel by a sad talent-free non-author).  SO that is a lie REVENGE review then, a fake malicious hateful review, which I can prove, with IT data, in ANY context (legal, court, police, media - and thanks Goodreads for confirmation of the hater inciting third parties to join a hate campaign against me - that exposes the lies of my abuser). Now THAT is evidence.

 

WHY do people do such things? Just nasty & hateful? Or ill? Deranged? Psychopathic? Toxic narcissist? Maybe, but it seems REVENGE is the main motivation of such twisted malicious individuals - pure vengeance dripping with hate and evil. And Power. Of course, lying can be a very serious offence. I can prove when people have lied and will make all my data available to anyone for any legal purposes. The media and press can see the evidence too. Just drop me a line. Then you can interview me and my abuser too, it is your call - I LOVE the free press. I was a features journalist but admite newshounds who expose corruption - I really do - as the press did with the post office scandal (the corrupt police to blame for that).

 

 

 

So I put it to my fans, friends, enemies, cyberstalkers a HYPOTHETICAL scenario:

 

if a deranged hatemonger hijacks an author's book page on Goodreads, (as well as leaving provably fake nasty malicious reviews for the author's other books out of pure hatred and revenge), and incites third parties to get the author banned from Goodreads, then spends the next 4 months posting numerous comments, 10,000 words of bile, just vile abuse, false accusations, disgusting allegations, provable lies and defamation - IS THE ABUSED AND ATTACKED AUTHOR IN THE WRONG? Or is the inividual who has hijacked his book pages to spew thousands of words of abuse at him in the wrong? WHO is the abuser here? Even if the author responds where they can, on any blog etc, is that wrong? If so, why? Because the abuser has incited third parties to get the author banned from his OWN book pages which the abuser has hijacked on Goodreads so he cannot reply there - because someone hellbent on revenge has maliciously taken over the author's bookpage and incited third parties to join in the bullying and targeting of him, to trash his reputation, try to destroy his career and life. THAT IS HARASSMENT, surely? Malicious intent. Just SO nasty, snide, spiteful, malicous, twisted, bullying, mentally obsessive, psychopathic even, and BLISTERING with REVENGE from a what may be a seriously deranged individual. Posting 10,000 words of abuse in all over 8 months, incl hateful reviews on Amazon too, 1 for a book the hater has not bought or read, making false accusations of racism probably motivated by anti-Semitism. Real race hate and targeted too, for 8 months.

WHAT SORT OF PERSON DOES ALL THAT? Ask yourself. WHAT sort of individual spends SO much time targeting an author who dared to challenge a hysterical defematory review of his book which claimed it and its author were a threat and danger to children (an assertion repeated in one of the many later defamatory disgusting comments)? Talk about TRIGGERED! A hater who hijacks an author's book pages to spew abuse at him for months. For what purpose? WHY DO IT? WHY? All that time, energy etc. WHY? Just nasty obsessive hateful deranged revenge?  But this is beyond bullying or even sheer malice. That is out and out PSYCHOPATHIC HATE OBSESSION from a narcissist individual with a very twisted mind and someone who may well be dangerous, I think. And what if the hater is motivated by racism, pure anti-Semitism? Does that make it worse or not? Accusing someone of racism because they defend Jews and support Israel - racist or what? Hypothetical situation. SUCH a malicious dishonest accusation - defamation yet again.

 

I have asked author contacts and NOT ONE has known anything like this.  None has had a  review which claims a book can damage children, for a start, and all would complain if they did. Not one who then had to suffer attack, abuse, targeted harassment from someone (who resembles that deranged loonie woman on Stephen King's MISERY or the psychowoman stalker on BABY REINDEER) who posts thousands of words of abuse and false accusations and disgusting allegations on the author's own book pages and Amazon and Twitter with a nasty taste of real anti-Semitism and racism.

 

SO in this HYPOTHETICAL situation, who is in the wrong?

 

The author defending himself or the triggered abuser who posted 10,000 words of hate aimed at him?

 

Feel free to email me (email to the left) and let me know.

 

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FOR THE SAKE OF MY OWN MENTAL HEALTH, AND ON LEGAL ADVICE, I AM CLEANSING THIS WEBSITE OF ALL MENTION OF THE VICIOUS TARGETED ATTACKS ON MY BY AN ANTI-SEMITIC HATEMONGER WHICH HAVE NOW BEEN GOING ON FOR OVER 8 MONTHS NOW. JUST THINK - 9 MONTHS OF HATE, 10,000 words, 28/9/23-16/4/24 - just a deranged hate campaign of harassment against me. ALL ARCHIVED AND AVAILABLE TO JOURNALISTS FOR WHEN THIS ALL BECOMES A NEWS STORY. JUST ASK IF YOU NEED MORE INFO.

 

I WAS JUST THINKING, THE DREADFUL HAMAS TERROR MASSACRE IN ISRAEL HAPPENED 7 MONTHS AGO, SO I HAVE BEEN UNDER ATTACK FOR ALL THAT TIME TOO FROM SOMEONE WHOSE ANTI-SEMITISM MAKES ME FEEL PHYSICALLY SICK. I UNDERSTAND WHAT THE JEWS OF ISRAEL ARE GOING THROUGH, THE INJUSTICE OF IT. IT IS REAL RACISM, MAKE NO MISTAKE.

 

ANYONE WHO CLAIMS ANY OF MY BOOKS ARE RACIST IS A MALICIOUS LIAR OR JUST PLAIN THICK.

 

I HAVE FOUGHT AGAINST RACISM, BIGOTRY AND HATRED ALL MY LIFE - MY BOOKS SHOW THAT AS DOES MY LIFE.

 

I SHALL NOT LET THIS LIE. IT WILL ALL BE EXPOSED AND MADE PUBLIC BY THE GREAT BRIRISH FREE PRESS - ALL IN GOOD TIME.

 

MY GOODREADS PAGES, FOR 4 BOOKS, AND AMAZON, FOR 2 BOOKS, ARE STILL POLLUTED BY OVER 5000 WORDS OF ABUSE BY THE ANTI-SEMITIC HATER. FAKE REVIEW BY A HATER WHO I CAN PROVE HAS NOT BOUGHT OR READ THE LOVED ONES POETRY BOOK. HATERS GONNA HATE - THE EXPOSE AND DIMINISH THEMSLEVES BY DOING SO AND WILL LOSE IN THE END, I CAN ASSURE YOU. I ALWAYS WIN. THE TRUTH IS ON MY SIDE.

 

SHAME ON GOODREADS FOR THEIR NEGLIGENCE - IT MAKES THEM COMPLICIT IN THE HATE CAMPAIGN AGAINST AN AUTHOR. I NOW BOYCOTT THEM AND THEIR OWNER AMAZON, THE AMORAL TAXDODGER, EXPLOITATIVE COMPANY OF THE CENTURY. GOOD RIDDANCE. A POSSIBLE US LAWSUIT THERE AS THEY ENABLED THE RACIST DEFAMATORY HATE CAMPAIGN AGAINST ME.

 

SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL BOOKSHOP INSTEAD! I do. COVER TO COVER in Mumbles. Otherwise, I use eBay which has loads of 2nd hand books. I only use Amazon for my own publishers' three KDP books, paperback and ebook (though I focus on the former always as I do not write bad genre trash for Goodreads pul fiction porn site).

 

 

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MY EMAIL IS TO THE LEFT FOR MEMBERS OF THE PRESS TO CONTACT ME, OF COURSE. THIS WILL BE A BIG FUTURE NEWS STORY, AND I HAVE ALL DETAILS & ALL ABUSE POSTED AT ME BY THE ANTI-SEMITIC HATER TO SHARE TOO.

 

 

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PLEASE NOTE: I am posting all this on here just in case. If anything happens to me, then anyone reading this and any press investigating should realise my harassment by my hater and her team the South Wales police who are not only biased and thuggish, but seemingly institutionally anti-Semitic and corrupt. TRUTH WILL OUT.

 

JUST IN CASE anything happens to me.

 

It is that bad in Wales now. I advise ALL Jews to stay well away from Wales  for your own safety - be aware the institutionally anti-Semitic police here are against you and will never help you when you are attacked. STAY AWAY FROM WALES. To be honest, stay away from the UK and London too. I disgusts me to say that but it is true. 

 

I have been receiving so many threats of late, and am pretty sure who is responsible. After all, inciting third parties to bully and hate me is what they have been doing for over 8 months now. Evidence aplenty for that REAL targeted harassment. Those who incite hatred should realise others can run with that baton they made.

 

LET THIS BE THE PUBLIC RECORD, just in case anything happens to me. I hope it won't, but it may, SUCH is the level of abuse, hate and race hate I have faced these last 8 months online. 

 

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JUST TO SAY: Many thanks to the organisations and individuals for information,  support & advice - Society of Authors, Free Speech Union, AFAF, CIEO, various Jewish organisations, several journalist colleagues/contacts and many more. Much appreciated. We shall win this thing and get justice, as we all know. You can all have a great story which exposes the extent of anti-Semitism and corruption in the UK, and nails the abusers, names and shames them maybe - up to the free press not me.  Then I shall be compensated for what has happened to me.

 

 

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ANYHOO, back to MY LIFE AS AN AUTHOR not a civil rights champion.

 

I also now have some more short stories to add to the 30 or so I have written (8 or so published). Prepping 3 or 4 to submit to major competitions in the next couple of years. Completed a cracking one this year, 21 drafts done to tweak in, so that will be submitted to the biggest national competitions in future. I tend to avoid short stories - which is always where new writers start and which writing magazines & courses are obsessed with. WHY? Impossible to get em published, except in compilations no-one reads that many authors actually pay a fee to be included in. I've won awards for some  of mine, of course - see the other tabs to read three or so. THE PRAGUE VIOLIN won me two cash prizes actually. Love it.

 

I have put my children's writing on pause for the time being but have two excellent middle-grade stories done and dusted, which received positive feedback from 2 publishers and 3 agents just before the pandemic. They will be published one day, for sure. I have at least 3 decent middle grade books sketched out too - I am never short of ideas. But I detest the sort of ISHOO-led preachy kids' books landscape of now - they are so mediocre, and fail to lift the literacy of kids which I think is almost criminal. They should try to WISE UP not DUMB DOWN.

 

Also, kids' books can and MUST contain important issues, such as death and pain - and no, they do NOT need trigger warnings, and nor do old Disney films like Dumbo, Bambi and 101 Dalmatians. Anyone demanding a trigger warning needs to be put in a see-through platic room full of plastic colour balls and left there while the rest of us behave like people used to be behave - NOT LIKE BABYBRAINED MORONS, in other words. Kids are seriously stunted and abused really these days by being overprotected by hysterical ignorant people (women mostly) who think treating them like toddlers until teenage years is good. Not, it is bad andthe CAUSE of great anxiety, depression and mental illness in kids who have NOT been allowed to go through the normal stages of childhood. As a result they lack all resilience and cannot cope. These kids are SO hurt by their ignorant mollycoddlers. Overprotection is a form of child abuse.

 

So many new children's books PREACH sermons as their first purpose - much like Nazi/Communist propaganda kids' books which I saw in USSR on my visit in 1979 (yes, really). It is why those books exist - TO PREACH a message and brainwash. YUCK YUCK YUCK! Who wants to read that drivel? Kids do not - it is FORCED on them by brainwashing abusive adults actually.

 

By the way, I know all about the Nazi period from my extensive research for my novel, and also my family history (my father was arrested by the Nazis in 1943 for slave labour, and even though his Flemish family was Catholic, his probable father was Jewish German, so I have Jewish heritage too, which makes me enormously proud).

 

SO my advice to all writers is this: 

 

JUST TELL A STORY WELL! THAT IS IT. There is no more.

 

A GOOD STORY WELL TOLD should be your aim, always. Nothing else.

 

That is what good books (and films) do. They do not start with a list of ISHOOS to tickbox and please the latest pc woke committee. I HATE books like that. They are, in a word, crap - dangerous crap too.

 

Anyway, I write. It is what I do, and do well.

 

If you really are an author, you write. You create. Always. That is who you are. That is who I am.

 

People like me do not retire.

 

And I shall never - NEVER - be silenced.

 

ONWARDS AND UPWARDS!

 

 

The Nine Lives of Summer is a heart-warming tale ideal for both children and adult cat lovers of all ages. 

 

It is the purr-fect book for fans of A Street Cat Named Bob and A Cat Called Dog, as well as stories about refugees such as The Boy at the Back of the Class.

 

“A heart-warming tale with a life-affirming message.”

 

“Often funny, sometimes sad, always full of hope.”

 

One cat, nine lives and a quest to find a way home

 

Summer is a cat living happily with ten-year-old girl Sami and her family in Syria. Then the war comes.

 

Sami and her parents are forced to make the heart-wrenching decision to flee as refugees, leaving Summer behind.

 

On her journey through nine lives in a dozen countries, Summer discovers her purpose – to find Sami again.

 

The quest leads Summer all over the world, meeting diverse people from a vast array of cultures and backgrounds, through exciting adventures and heart-break, desperate struggle and survival. But she never ever gives up hoping and searching.

 

Will Summer ever find Sami, and be reunited with her family in her furever home once again?

 

ISBN  978-1-3999-4432-8 - Published by Two Fat Cats Publishing, 1st  March 2023

Price £7.99 paperback; £3.99 eBook.

Available from Amazon and bookstores worldwide.

Author website: www.vanston.co.uk ; Twitter: @9LivesofSummer

 

ALSO I am making the first 50 pages or so, 8 chapters, available here FOR FREE: https://www.book2look.com/book/rpoTIljtSb

 

 

ENJOY!

 

MY TEN PUBLISHED BOOKS 2010-2023

Well here they are, the result of 15 years' hard work, almost half a million words, 10 books including a collection of poetry, 3 satirical novels, 4 cat novels/stories, a non-fiction quote book, and a Christmas poem picture book.

 

Thousands of hours' work; thousands in investment in myself and NOT a penny of public subsidy. I would have earned more on minimum wage stacking shelves, frankly.

 

Was it worth it? Yes and no. Yes for the enormous satisfaction of authoring and publishing real high-quality and worthwhile stories; no, financially and for the energy it has taken from my income-earning projects and business, and then the vile abuse from certain hateful reviewers with issues. BUT that is what dedication means.

 

It will be if the Nazi Crime Thriller novel ( a very psychological and original speculative story) I have just completed (1st draft) gets signed up by an agent/publisher for a series, with TV/film rights, for sure. It'd make a great movie - actually, my writing is all very cinematic so most of my books would make great films too (animation maybe for the cat stories).

 

But yes of course, it is a MASSIVE achievement and I am proud of the originality and high quality of all my books. Tbh despite sound commercial arguments, I have no interest in churning out genre ebooks in production-line-crime or romantic escapism genres as some do - but whatever floats your boat... They can work their side of the street, and I shall work mine.

 

All my books are in public libraries and The British Library. My pandemic poems are in the National Library of Wales and Museum of London 'Covid' archive collections for evermore...

I am pleased to announce the publication of my debut collection of poetry, THE LOVED ONES - A COLLECTION OF PANDEMIC POEMS ABOUT LOVE AND LOSS, by Jem Vanston, on 9th April 2022.

 

There are 54 poems in the collection, including 10 song lyrics - 9 have links to online demo recordings of the songs, so it's a real multimedia project! Most were written in 2020/21.

 

It's a diverse collection of poems, some darky funny, others very moving. Lots of poems about grief, bereavement, loss, death but also love - and hope.

 

Quite a few war poems here - First and Second World War poems, a Falklands poem (song), Viking, Roman, ancient warrior themes. Inspired by the war on Covid really but now sadly and tragically very timely as the war in Ukraine rages.

 

Two poems here are in the National Library of Wales Covid Collection - POEM OF THE PLAGUE YEAR and TWENTY-TWENTY: A YEAR IN THE LIFE (read them on the NEWS page of this website). The latter was also featured on That's Swansea Bay TV on November 5th 2020 (anyone interested can scroll back on Facebook to that clip), and also praised as 'poignant' by a representative of Her Majesty the Queen. It is most unusual for replies from royalty to include an opinion, so maybe the poem was read by our monarch. Who knows?

 

The paperback costs £8.99 - feel free to email me if you want to order a signed copy (acatcalleddog@hotmail.co.uk). The eBook is £3.99 - and the songlinks work better on there.

 

Here is the Amazon.co.uk link to the book (copy and paste):

 

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Loved-Ones-Collection-Pandemic-Poems/dp/1399918087/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=

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1st SEPTEMBER 2021

 

I am proud to announce publication of my book of quotes:

 

'THINKING TIME: 365 inspiring, amusing and thought-provoking quotes to get you through the year'

 

£7.99 paperback - the perfect Christmas present!

 

Great for quotes for lessons, lectures, services, speeches. Also useful for developing 'Intelligent Mindfulness' - a quote a day for a year for a daily mindfulness focus. And you'll learn something!

 

Plenty of quotes from Ancient Greece/Rome/China; plenty of quotes from authors, artists, politicians, actors, musicians, film/pop stars too - as reflects my education and interests.

 

Lots of wise and witty quotes, and great fun too!

 

Plenty of quotes from people of all nationalities, faiths, races and women. But ALL quotes are there ON MERIT ALONE. I vehemently oppose the patronising racism/sexism of race/gender quotas + only included quotes I feel are worthy of inclusion in my book.

 

Glad to get fellow Dartford boy Mick Jagger there on his birthday in July, and Freddie Mercury on his birthday 5th September.

 

Other pop stars include John Lydon, Annie Lennox, Keith Richards, Stevie Wonder, Bob Marley, Jimi Hendrix, John Lennon also in there, reflecting my musical background, and film stars such as Charlie Chaplin there too. Women include Amy Johnson, Victoria Wood, Oprah Winfrey and many, many more. Loads of authors and poets in there too, and various politicians, historical figures and thinkers.

 

I dislike slushy, schmaltzy, spiritual motivational quote books and there are so many other there, so avoided such huggy-wuggy touchy-feely fluffy slushy quotes! Though there are some quotes by saints - St David on 1 March - and plenty by various philosophers from all of human history and around the world.

 

Some have quotes on the day they died such as Dylan Thomas, Prince Philip, Amy Johnson and many more. Some readers may notice the clever choice of quotes for significant dates; others will not. It does not matter - the book still works if they do not!

 

Anyway, enjoy your THINKING TIME!

 

I promise this will be a book of quotes you go back to time and again over the years, because the quotes are so diverse, witty, wise, fun and classic - and for every occasion.

 

 

 

 

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MARCH 2020 - SOMEWHERE IN EUROPE, my Swansea Campus Novel.

 

I am proud to announce that my new campus novel SOMEWHERE IN EUROPE was published on 28th March 2020.

 

Set in an unnamed and fictional university town in South Wales, my tale has a great deal to say about the education system, woke snowflake censorship, New Puritan culture, gender politics, Brexit and Remain issues, the EU, the state of the nation. Available from bookshops (though they all closed on 24th March!) and the usual online sellers (though there may be a delay in lockdown).

 

The BEST place to buy it is direct from the publisher who can fulfil orders quickly at any time, lockdown or no: 

 

https://www.troubador.co.uk/bookshop/contemporary/somewhere-in-europe/ 

 

Somewhere in Europe is also available to buy direct from me - signed copy - for cover price + £3 postage, or from publisher website, or to buy or order from bookshops, or, if you must, Amazon (who snaffle 60% of cover price but at least stock books by smaller writers, unlike most bookstores). 

 

This novel has been called 'The Lucky Jim of now'. Or, as it says on the back cover, "It's like a cross between Catch-22 and Lucky Jim for the Brexit Generation". It is dark satire and laugh-out-loud funny at times too, but with some very moving scenes and characters too.

 

Worried about where education is going and how freedom of speech is under threat these days? Then this is the novel for you!

 

The novel predicts BLM and the taking down of statues and portraits of white men too - it has already happened in The Town in the story.

 

As of 2024, this novel is borrowed more from UK libraries than any other of my books, just loads of lends - which suggests it may be on a booklist or two at universities really. I love the way this novel triggers those people it lampoons too, those smug self-righteous types who claim they are 'progressive' all while yelling slogans to destroy Israel and all Jews on the streets of London. The lack of self-awareness is just stunning. Regressive, intolerant and illiberal is what these bigots are, yet always accuse others of racism - well, they need to be challenged (watch this space on that).

 

Any reviewer or media person wanting any further information can contact me via this website or the publishers. Many thanks.

MEANWHILE...

 

 

My Christmas poem SANTA GOES ON STRIKE was published on 30th September 2018, as a colour-illustrated paperback and ebook. (Repromoted for Christmas 2019 with WH Smith book store signings! Maybe in the run-up to Christmas 2020 too...)

 

It's a funny, heart-warming, meaningful poem picture book with WONDERFUL illustrations (based on my specifications) for both children and adults, and ideally is to be read aloud by families at Christmas. A fitting tribute to my late mum Marjorie who loved my poem and used to read it aloud to her friends at the many Christmas lunches she used to go to every year. It always went down a storm! (I now have it translated into French too, for media in France/Canada).

 

Paperback widely available online, but eBook not available on Amazon (they do not support fixed-file layout for some reason) so only available on Kobo or Apple or the online bookshop of the Cardiff publishers:

 

https://www.rowanvalebooks.com/book/santa-goes-on-strike

 

PERFECT for a Christmas present for both children and adults!

 

"A modern-day classic!"  "A real gem!" "delightful"

 

Please see the REVIEWS page (top menu) for all the wonderful reviews and feedback for SANTA GOES ON STRIKE - which includes some very famous people too! Thanks to them for their replies! Much appreciated. Odd that strangers show more interest than local media or bookshops here in Swansea, but I guess that explains why we didn't win CITY OF CULTURE for 2021. Well done Coventry - you deserve it.

 

I shall be promoting SANTA GOES ON STRIKE in the run-up to Chrismas 2019 due to popular demand and the wonderful reviews. Signings at branches of WH Smith, definitely - updates nearer the time. But probably Swansea, Llanelli, Carmarthen, maybe Cardiff, possibly even branches in England. Watch this space.

 

 

Out 31st August 2017, A CAT CALLED DOG 2 - THE ONE WITH THE KITTENS was finally published.

 

If in the UK, buy it here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Cat-Called-Dog-One-Kittens/dp/1786293382/ref=sr_1_7?ie=UTF8&qid=1504178160&sr=8-7&keywords=Jem+Vanston

 

Or here: http://www.austinmacauley.com/book/cat-called-dog-2-one-kittens

 

Suitable for both children and adults. No need to read the first book to understand and enjoy this one. Excellent reviews in Cat World, The Bookbag, NetGalley etc.

 

Or order from your bookshop. ALSO available at UK libraries - after SOMEWHERE IN EUROPE this is my most borrowed book from them, in the 2023-24 year (just got my PLR stat form!)

 

If in USA or outside UK, your own country's Amazon will be stocking it.

 

Jem Vanston AKA PJ Vanston is also author of the satirical campus novel Crump (Troubador:2010), cat lover novel A Cat Called Dog (Troubador:2013), plus the illustrated children's/crossover version of A Cat Called Dog (Austin Macauley:2015) - and A Cat Called Dog 2 (out 31/8/2017). Occasional writer of short stories and winner of prizes too. Author of Christmas picture book (for all ages) Santa Goes On Strike (2018).

 

I'm also a published song writer (music and lyrics) and musician (piano/keyboards/bass guitar), and have written over 100 songs. Listen to some of my demos here: https://soundcloud.com/user-217675148

 

PJ Vanston is the author of a new scathing satire on the television industry, the BBC and reality TV: Rasmus - a television tale (Troubador: October 2016). This may soon be optioned by the biggest film agency in the USA. Order via Amazon:

 

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Rasmus-Television-P-J-Vanston/dp/1785893610/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1470389533&sr=1-1&keywords=rasmus+a+television+tale

 

http://www.troubador.co.uk/book_info.asp?bookid=4061 (author page)

 

REVIEW (4 stars!) here: http://www.thebookbag.co.uk/reviews/index.php?title=Rasmus:_A_Television_Tale_by_PJ_Vanston

 

And here: https://www.morningstaronline.co.uk/a-d232-Satire-on-reality-TV-puts-the-gross-in-engrossing#.WUOP_uRK1PY

 

To order the illustrated children's version of A Cat Called Dog by Jem Vanston, please use the following information:

 

Paperback (£6.99)  ISBN: 9781784559595

 

Hardback (£12.99) ISBN: 9781784559618

 

Amazon link: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Cat-Called-Dog-Jem-Vanston/dp/1784559598/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1440484462&sr=1-1&keywords=a+cat+called+dog

 

Also available in all decent national book shops now.

 

The original 2013 edition of A Cat Called Dog can be purchased here:

 

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Cat-Called-Dog-Jem-Vanston/dp/1780885598

 

To hear radio interviews click on the sound files on the left side of this webpage:

 

http://www.troubador.co.uk/book_info.asp?bookid=2177

 

My first novel - a dark campus satire called Crump - is sold out of paperback (hurrah!) but still available in e-book format + still selling:

 

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Crump-P-J-Vanston/dp/1848762852

 

A sequel will be out in 2020/2021.

 

Here is my author page on one of my publishers' websites:

 

http://www.austinmacauley.com/author/vanston-jem

News

See news of upcoming publications and events for award-winning author Jem PJ Vanston:

 

I am proud to announce that The Nine Lives of Summer, my new cat story - for kids and cat-loving adults too - was published on 1st March 2023 via Two Fat Cats Publishing - on the tenth anniversay of class cat novel A Cat Called Dog being published. "A heart-warming tale with a life-affirming message." "Often funny, sometimes, sad, always hopeful." This diverse tale starts in Syria, where the war forces a family to flee, then travels to a dozen countries (Australia, India, Japan/China, Greenland, USA/Canada, Italy, Spain, Wales) through the nine lives of Summer, via a vast array of diverse cultures and people.

 

For review copies or interview requests, just email acatcalleddog@hotmail.co.uk or contact via Twitter @9LivesofSummer or via this author website.

 

 

My debut collection of poetry THE LOVED ONES - A COLLECTION OF PANDEMIC POEMS ABOUT LOVE AND LOSS was published 9 April 2022. It comprises 54 poems; including 10 lyrics with 9 online links to the demo song recordings provided via links in the book. Two poems are in National Museum Covis Archives: POEM OF THE PLAGUE YEAR and TWENTY-TWENTY: A YEAR IN THE LIFE, which was featured on Swansea TV and was called 'poignant' by a representative of Her Majesty the Queen. Available on Amazon or in shops worldwide to order or in Harrisons, Uplands and Cover to Cover, Mumbles, and also distributed by the Wales Books Council to any Welsh bookshop which wants to order stock.

 

"THINKING TIME - 365 Inspiring, Amusing and Thought-provoking quotes to get you through the year",  my diverse quote book, is out now. Not in shops (except 2 in Swansea) but available on Amazon as paperback and ebook - the perfect Christmas or other present for all ages. Intelligent Mindfulness with funny, insightful quotes from individuals from throughout history up to the present day. To dip into, read through or use for mindfulness daily.

 

On 28th March 2020 my new satirical campus/Brexit novel was published - my 7th book. SOMEWHERE IN EUROPE is a real epic - funny, moving and timely. A state of the nation novel which has something to say. 

Contact

If you'd like to get in touch, please just email:

acatcalleddog@hotmail.co.uk

 

Twitter: @acatcalleddog @ThinkingQuotes7

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