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Product details

  • Paperback: 120 pages
  • Publisher: S A Greenland (1 July 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0955051231
  • ISBN-13: 978-0955051234
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 0.6 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 764,779 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sylvia Murphy (www.sylviamurphy.co.uk)

When people ask me why I wanted to be something as difficult as a writer, there is only one answer - it's what I always wanted to do and what else can possibly be so interesting ?

So how did I get started?

Early. I must have been three or four when my mother gave me a pencil and a blank exercise book to keep me occupied. I couldn't resist it. I filled those blank pages with poems, stories and illustrations and insisted that every one read them. It was great fun.
Of course it didn't end with the exercise book. At age 10 I won a competition in the Saturday Children's Express, and later had a long epic poem read on BBC Children's Hour Young Artists. And then followed first prize in a comic novel competition for Cosmopolitan Magazine, which led to my first published work.

That was over 50 years ago and I'm still doing it. There's just something irresistible about a good story. One of my favourite subjects is my family, though I don't think they are always pleased by what I write. Another favourite topic has been my ever-increasing tribe of cats. My love for these delicate creatures started early in my life, like the writing. One of the first stories was about a stray wartime cat that we adopted. This lucky creature eventually had an acting part in a James Mason film, but I only recently wrote the full story of the cat I knew as Shadow

Later stories were collected from my cats in Spain and Cornwall - if you can imagine them sitting around on summer evenings telling me furry tales, you have it about right.

By that time I reckoned I was a proper author - I didn't exactly give up writing but it became hard work, and those letters of criticism and rejection were often hard to take.

Did I give up?

I must have been doing something right because last time I looked at my blog page there were 11 novels, 3 non-fiction books, seven children's stories and innumerable magazine features and short stories. If you've missed any of them, better start reading.

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About the Author

Sylvia Murphy is the author of a number of books, both fiction and non-fiction. The most recent are novels Candy's Children and Crocodiles. She has also written numerous features for the yachting press and for cat magazines, based on the log books she kept whilst sailing with cat Tyfoon.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By K. Maher on 12 Sept. 2009
Format: Paperback
I haven't read for ages apart from what I have to read for work; I just lost my interest in it.
However upon reading Tyfoon's Tale, because a friend made me promise to, I have
rediscovered the pleasure of literature. This is a wonderful book. It's so much more
than a story about a cat. I found myself on an amazing emotional journey that takes
in relationships, travel, love, death and the magical bond between a woman and some
of the animals with whom we share this wonderful planet. Since finishing this book I've
found a new passion for reading and am actually on my second reading of Tyfoon's Tale.
A great book - buy it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr. T. M. Cox on 14 Sept. 2009
Format: Paperback
This is the first book i have read by this author and i found it to be a thoroughly enjoyable read. I was whiskered away into the world of adventure and needed to know what happened next so found it difficult to put down. Another author to add to my list of (must read their other books) and i am.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Shoops on 9 Aug. 2009
Format: Paperback
What a lovely book! Sylvia writes with a different voice from her other books (Candy's Children and Crocodile)and it is a delightful difference and like reading a letter from a friend.
Tyfoon is a really impressive cat and Sylvia an astonishing and strong woman with a great heart.
Witty and entertaining I read it in one sitting and loved it. I hate the idea of weepy animal books and this one had the right balance.
Thank you Sylvia Murphy - another great read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By N. Edwards on 30 Aug. 2009
Format: Paperback
I picked up this book a little unsure - I wasn't in the mood for a sad animal tale.

I didn't put it down again until I finished the last page! I just couldn't put it down until I knew the whole story of a cat, his adopted parents, how they met and the path their lives took together.

Just lovely.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By S. A. Greenland on 2 Aug. 2009
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This is a grippping story about a very special cat and the travels she undertook when she was adopted and became the ship's cat/ captain of yacht "Nyala". It is a story to bring on laughter and tears - not to be missed if you are remotely interested in animal memoirs.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lawcat23 on 5 Mar. 2013
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Firstly, I did find this book pleasant to read, but I felt there wasn't an awful lot to it. The fact that is it so short (just over 100 pages of text) is a big contributory factor to this. My expectations were raised because of the glowing reviews I read prior to purchasing. There are many cat stories out there so I find the reviews very helpful in choosing what to buy next. Ultimately, for me, the book didn't live up to the other reviews and so I was left feeling rather disappointed. It was too short to really develop a relationship with the characters. I much preferred books like "Under the Paw" and "A street Cat Named Bob" where I got to the end feeling like I really knew them and they had somehow become part of my life. That feeling of sadness you get when you finish a book and have to say goodbye to the characters didn't apply for me with "Tyfoon's Tale". I don't mean to put anybody off reading this book, as I said at the start it is a pleasant story and if you love cats then you'll most likely enjoy it. However, I think there is better out there.
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