Paws for thought – Brixton nurse writes children’s book


Gabriella Thomas, a Brixton resident and clinical psychiatric nurse specialist working with children and families, has published her first children’s book. The Cats of Butterwick Sands follows the adventures of cats in the small run-down seaside town. It’s a place that’s seen better days.

Percy, a clever and dignified cat, is at the centre of all the adventures, stories and intrigues. Other cat characters are strays from England and beyond who all come together to restore the town’s funfair and caravan park.

The book is illustrated with lovely black and white line drawings by Ena Hodžić from Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Gabriella says her cats reflect people she has met or known over the years, while the  book recalls a more simple and apparently safer era, particularly when contrasted to the fast pace and unsafe times of today.

It’s available in paperback at £7.99 from Amazon, Waterstones and The Book Guild.