The book became a top-seller that year.
On July 11, the cash-in sequel 'Full Steam Ahead Felix’ hits the shops, and Felix fans can expect more of the same.
Cat on a hot train roof
One of the appealing elements of the Felix phenomenon is that she works at a railway station, so is relatively easy to visit.
This meant that a terminally ill ‘Bucket List Lady’ named Gloria was able to check in with the vermin control operative by travelling directly to the cat’s place of work from her home in Devon.
“[A]s Gloria enjoyed the audience with the station cat,” author Kate Moore relates in the new book, “the two Angelas [Hunte and Dunn, Felix’s train station colleagues] exchanged looks of silent astonishment. They had never, ever seen Felix behave in quite this way before.”
Felix, apparently not a ‘people person’ by nature, was happy to give Gloria her full unhurried attention.
A little girl named Eva arrived for a similarly warm welcome. Eva wears a patch over one of her eyes, and drew a picture of Felix onto it for the occasion.
“You take my mind off all these eye things. You make me so very happy. Thank you, Felix,” she told the cat.
The railway kitten
The book also tells tales of Felix’s close-calls with death on the mean tracks of West Yorkshire. In between dealing with pigeons and rodents, the cat herself has nearly came a cropper in the iron jaws of the rail and wheel, giving her station colleagues a scare.
But as a consummate professional – and cool-headed cat of letters – Felix takes danger in her stride, and always walks away with her nine lives intact.