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A Cat Called Alfie by Rachel Wells
1 December 2016
This is the second instalment from Rachel Wells of the lovable doorstep cat, Alfie, and his friends. Once again, I really enjoyed this light-hearted novel and it was lovely to catch up with Alfie and the residents of Edgar Road.
We head back to the London street and, although there have been changes, everyone appears to be happy. Now a new family have moved into Edgar Road and they have caused a stir with the residents, including Alfie. Once again, we see some familiar signs from the newcomers, despite their attempts at isolation, and Alfie is determined to help them with the problems they are facing. Only this time, Alfie struggles to break through the family’s barrier to get to the heart of their problem and try to help them. What I enjoyed about this storyline was how Wells kept Alfie, and her readers, hanging on to the end of the novel before revealing what the family were dealing with. By doing this, Wells highlights issues surrounding the unknown, and the problems this can cause within a community. When the seemingly secretive nature of the new family becomes the focal interest of Edgar Road’s Neighbourhood Watch, or more appropriately, the Goodwins, conclusions are jumped to and the new family are subjected to endless harassment and victimisation. Of course, not everyone feels the same way as the Goodwins and the new family’s presence causes a division within humans and cats. There is a strong sense of judgement, the new family fear being judged because of their problem, and the Goodwins cast their uniformed judgements on them anyway. This situation builds throughout the novel, until, of course, Alfie comes to the rescue with a plan..well, sort of..
In between all this activity, we get to find out more about the human, and cat, friends Alfie made when we met him last, in Alfie The Doorstep Cat. As life continues, more ups and downs occur and Alfie does what he can to help and support his friends. There is more focus on Alfie’s cat friends and his relationships with them as well as how their lives are effected by the events on Edgar Road. We also see Alfie having the opportunity to travel further afield from the street to meet new friends too.
There is a much stronger sense of community in this story and it is uplifting to see that the friendships made in Alfie the Doorstep Cat have grown, despite the changes in the character’s lives since we first met them. It is this strength and the spirit of community that wins out over the prejudice in this novel, oh and Alfie’s determination! There are some laughs as well as some tears but, thanks to Alfie, we leave the residents of Edgar Road on a happy note with new friends and old.
Talking of new friends, who is this George I’ve been hearing about, Alfie?