I am proud to announce that my new book SANTA GOES ON STRIKE was published on 30th September 2018, as a colour-illustrated paperback and ebook.
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!
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:
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. Swansea doesn't, based on its attitude to local authors.
Out 31st August 2017, A CAT CALLED DOG 2 - THE ONE WITH THE KITTENS was finally published.
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.
If in USA or outside UK, your own country's Amazon will be stocking it.
Welcome to the website of Jem Vanston AKA PJ Vanston - 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 (out Oct/Nov 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:
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
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
Also available in all decent national book shops now.
The original 2013 edition of A Cat Called Dog can be purchased here:
To hear radio interviews click on the sound files on the left side of this webpage:
My first novel - a dark campus satire called Crump - is sold out of paperback (hurrah!) but still available in e-book format + still selling:
Here is my author page on my publisher's website:
See news of upcoming publications and events
31st August 2015: Children's illustrated version of A Cat Called Dog by Jem Vanston published (by Austin Macauley). Available online and at all good bookshops.
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