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By: Vanessa Nitsche

Cocoa the Cat

Pages: 20 Ratings: 5.0
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‘I arm myself with an extra sweater and some garden gloves, fully expecting him to dig his killer claws into my chest, potentially infecting me with the coronavirus in the process. I have anxiety issues, you see.’

It is the spring of 2020: the world is in the grip of a pandemic. In the midst of the national lockdown, a lonely, anxious woman is self-isolating at home with no one for company but the bird-slaying tom cat terrorising her garden, whose violence she detests. Love at first sight it is not. Until one day Cocoa, the tom cat, manages to get inside her flat and all of a sudden shows his vulnerable side. Slowly, a friendship develops between these two unlikely bed fellows. Cocoa the Cat is a story about isolation, loneliness, friendship and acceptance. It is a homage to all those furry friends without whom lockdown would have been an even lonelier place.      


Vanessa Nitsche is a writer and actress born in London in 1971 to German parents. After attending school in Germany, she returned to the United Kingdom in 1991 to attend university, where she obtained a PhD in viral oncology. Since then, she has worked as a science writer, scriptwriter and as an actress. Cocoa the Cat is her first book title. She lives in London.

Customer Reviews
4 reviews
4 reviews
  • Dan

    ‘It’s a delight to read.’

  • Susanne

    Charming and uplifting,

  • Nanni

    The story about the cat captured me instantly. Please surprise us with more works like this.

  • jeremy

    I found this book very touching and was amazed how the author could give so much feeling and understanding in so few words. It feels like every word was picked up, viewed from every angle then slotted into place.

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