Saturday, 16 February 2013

Bubbles Immortalised

Longstanding readers may remember our sadness when Bubbles the cat  met with an untimely end. She was a much loved visitor to the library, often to be found curled up on the issue desk - that's if she couldn't find a friendly lap to sleep on. 

One of her particular friends was the novelist Lucy Ellmann who was staying next door to the library while working on her novel. Bubbles made such an impression that she appears as a character in Lucy's latest work Mimi,  which was published this week by Bloomsbury

We are looking forward to reading Mimi, in which Bubbles appears as a stray cat, rescued from starvation in the Manhattan snow by the central character - plastic surgeon Harrison Hanafan. 

Picture: Phil Wilkinson from

Described by Lesley McDowell in the Herald  as 'an early contender for 2013's Book of the Year' McDowell goes on to say that in Mimi  -  'Lucy Ellmann once again turns the comic novel into a work of the highest art.'  

There is also an interview with Lucy in the Books section of today's edition of The Scotsman Magazine, which is available to read online

We hope to welcome Lucy and her husband and fellow writer Todd McEwen, back to the library when they next visit Orkney and look forward to sharing memories of our mutual friend, now immortalised in print -   Bubbles, the cat who loved books. 

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