From their website:
“The Stephen Memorial Award is run by the Bookangel.co.uk book club.
It has been nearly a year since our furry feline founder member, Stephen, (or Spike to those that knew him well) passed away, and it wasn’t just his owners who missed him a great deal. So growing out of a discussion on the book forum, the idea of the Stephen Award came about: an award for books that features cats worthy of Spike’s seal of approval.
And they have a lot to live up to, with a cat with high intelligence, opposable thumbs, the ability to lock his owners out, and taking on foxes…and noteably having vets’ notes which had a large red caution to let him see what they are doing at all times. (If he can see it and it is interesting, he’ll go along with it. Otherwise…well, on one occassion he plucked the syringe from the vet’s hand and put it down with his paw on it.)
So, as a way to remember him, and a way to bring some attention to the other unique cats out there, the Stephen Award was launched in August 2017. It was biased, subjective, judged by our reviewers on what they feel like, capricious and altogether as fitted to cat temperament as we could make it! It closed at the end of the month with more books than we expected, and left our reviewers who had volunteered to judge with a pile of books to read. They’ve managed it, and we’re proud to present our 2017 winner and runner-ups.”
As you may guess, I’m sharing this because I submitted my book, The Wake of the Dragon. My cats tend to wander into my books and Khana, who features as a significant character, is a real cat.
We didn’t get first place, but we got runner-up and that’s against a LOT of competition!
It’s no accident or random choice that Khana was my choice of cats to go on this adventure. She looks a bit like an owl and has always had a penchant for perching on high places. Even as a kitten she used to go right up the tallest trees with no qualms. So it wasn’t much of a stretch to send her up a rope to join the airship pirates on Captain Bonny’s crew!
She’s 10 years old now and does most of her perching on top of an upright freezer these days, but there is still something about her that makes her a natural aerialist. I’m pleased for her recognition!