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Tabitha Miggins: Ship's Cat (On the Pill Ferry)
Mark Clinton Jones writing as Phillipa Perry
Tabitha Miggins is a special kind of heroine, possibly unique in the annals of literary fiction. Brave, furry, resolute, bushy-tailed, adventurous and bewhiskered, her hobbies include knitting and Milk Stout and she certainly does not let I dare wait upon I would.
Marvel to fur-raising adventures with pirates, smugglers and cannibals on the magical island of Brindle Holm - or relax in the snug of The Duke on the North Somerset bank of the River Avon in sleepiest Pill with friends both big and small. Tabitha's friends include the Ferry Captain, Willard the well-hard mallard, Nutter Slater, Clarence the cross-eyed badger, Whitebeard the pirate, Rat-a-Tat Ginger, Sticky Paws O'Grady and her childhood chum, Lavinia (better-known to many the world over as "here comes old tail-up-for-the-lads").
Amongst Tabitha's shortlist of mortal enemies (not counting an island-full of cannibal cats) are the Meider Bahnhof Group, the most violent trainspotters in the history of trainspotting, and the evil-minded Smuckle. Baddies don't come much badder! Well, they do, but this is supposed to be a children's book. Well, sort of. Apart from the dirty jokes, obviously. Well, it's for anyone with a bit of child in their make-up to be honest. That's right, it's for ogres!
Since this was published under the far more fluffy name of Philippa Perry, it has come to light that there is a more famous Philippa Perry out there with books to her name, so we've had to admit that this rather silly set of half-witted adventures is really the product of multi-award-winning author, Mark Jones. I mean, all the clues were there - who else would include Bristolian folk music, real ale, trainspotting, real ale, database administration and real ale in their stories?
Further Adventures of Tabitha Miggins: Ship's Cat on the Pill Ferry
Here we go; here's another set of half-witted adventures and reminiscences from that most furry of all heroines, Tabitha Miggins. She's still brave, furry, resolute, bushy-tailed, adventurous and bewhiskered and she certainly does not match "the cat i' the adage" (one for Shakespeare fans there).
In this (eminently bushy) tale, she manages to change the course of history thanks to a slight faux paw. It gets better, though, thanks to Tabitha going to have a chinwag with her future self, so as to find out how she saved the world from the radical, new history that she'd caused.
As it turns out, saving the world involves passing Warp speed and knitting at Weft speed, even though this means Tabitha knitting herself out of history altogether. Some days a cat has to do what a cat has to do; that's what duty's all about.
If all this wasn't enough, Tabitha meets up again with the dastardly Smuckle and we find out how he managed to survive throwing himself in the sea whilst bound in heavy, iron chains back in the last book. We also get to find out how the decorating in his hideout on Lundy went.
And if that wasn't enough, there lots more knitting, not to mention gallons of Pill Brewery Milk Stout, and we even get to hear about Nutter Slater's not-so-secret life as leader of The Pill Morris, the most feared Morris Team in the civilized world...and let's just mention now that their 'Obby 'Oss is the stuff of nightmare - and it's no good just sticking your head under the covers; it knows where you are. And what you've done. Sleep tight, now, little ones, sleep tight.