Antonia Barber is an award-winning writer of children's and adult fiction, including her bestselling picture book Catkin, illustrated by P. J. Lynch, and her adult novels, The Ghosts and The Ring in the Rough Stuff, both of which were shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal. Antonia divides her time between a converted oast-house in Kent and a cosy harbourside cottage in the real Cornish village of Mousehole. Nicola Bayley, once shortlisted and twice commended for the Kate Greenaway medal, is perhaps best known for her loving, detailed depictions of cats, and has captured the hearts of her readers in titles such as The Necessary Cat, The Patchwork Cat, The Mousehole Cat, Katje the Windmill Cat and Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book: Mowgli's Story. Nicola lives in London.
Beautifully, carefully written ... A book to wallow in, read and re-read, for any age from five or so to the very grown-up. The Sunday Times Gently yet powerfully told, this lyrical, incredibly moving story of bravery, sacrifice and companionship, brought life by beautiful, dream-like illustrations and inspired by Cornish legend, has a magical quality that age cannot wither. Lancashire Evening Post Each of the pictures has so much to discover and they are so warm and heartfelt - it's a real treasure of a book. Green Parent A modern classic, this is the stunningly illustrated story of the seaside village of Mousehole [...] Gently yet powerfully told, this incredibly moving story of bravery, sacrifice and companionship inspired by Cornish legend continues to connect with readers of all ages. Western Morning News