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Not Just for Cat Lovers
July 4, 2014   
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New Zealand-born author Helen Brown, who has had two books translated into more than 15 languages including Polish, visited Warsaw for the Warsaw Book Fair in May. Her book about a cat, entitled Cleo, has sold more than half a million copies worldwide. Her second book, Cats and Daughters, has also been published in Polish. Both books are autobiographical and appeal to a wider audience than just cat lovers.

Cleo is a moving story about how, after the accidental death of their young son, a grieving family is taught to love and laugh again by a black kitten. The book is written with warmth and candor. Cleo jumped into The New York Times bestseller list in its first week in American bookstores. And in Britain it stayed on The Sunday Times bestseller list for several weeks. The book is now being made into a movie.

Born and raised in New Zealand, Brown has worked as a columnist, TV presenter and scriptwriter. She now lives in Melbourne, Australia, with her family and their cat Jonah. She is working on her third book, this time a work of fiction.

Jolanta Wolska
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