Book launch: The Ghost Cat - Alex Howard - 30th August
Book launch: The Ghost Cat - Alex Howard - 30th August
Book launch: The Ghost Cat - Alex Howard - 30th August
Night Owl Books

Book launch: The Ghost Cat - Alex Howard - 30th August

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Join us for a special fundraising event in support of Edinburgh Dog & Cat Home. We'll be joined at East Linton's Community Hall by author Alex Howard for a Q&A about his new novel The Ghost Cat, followed by a book signing.

Please note that the date of this event has been changed to Wednesday, 30th August, at 8pm.

Purchase a copy of The Ghost Cat from Night Owl Books (RRP £12.99) for a free ticket to the event (admits one).

We'll be donating £5 from every copy sold to Edinburgh Dog & Cat Home, supporting their vital work helping dogs and cats in need.

Alternatively, please select a 'donation only' ticket option (admits one), and we'll donate £5 to Edinburgh Dog & Cat Home for your ticket.

Please note your copy of the book will be available for collection/delivery after its publication on the 3rd August - select 'local pick up' at the checkout if you would like to collect your copy from Night Owl Books.

Event times:

Event: 20:00-  20:45, followed by signing.

Doors: 19:45.

Venue information:

The Small Hall, East Linton Community Hall, 73 High Street, East Linton, EH40 3BQ.

About the book:

12 decades, 9 lives, 1 cat… Early morning, 1902. In a gloomy Edinburgh tenement, Eilidh the charlady tips coal into a fire grate and sets it alight. Overhearing, a cat ambles over to curl up against the welcome heat. This is to be the cat's last day on earth. But he is going to return… as The Ghost Cat, a spirit-feline destined to live out his ghostly existence according to the medieval proverb of "The Cat with Nine Lives" - For Three He Plays, For Three He Strays, For Three He Stays.

Follow The Ghost Cat as he witnesses the changes of the next two centuries as he purrs, shuffles and sniffs his way through the fashion, politics and technological advances of the modern era alongside the ever-changing inhabitants of an Edinburgh tenement. As we follow our new spirit-feline friend, this unique story unearths some startling revelations about the mystery of existence and the human condition and provides a feel-good read full of charm for any fan of history, humour and fur-ridden fun.

Hardback, 256 pages, published 25th May 2023.

About Alex Howard:

Born in London, Alex Howard moved up to Scotland for his degree in English Literature at the University of Edinburgh. Completing the MA (Hons) with a first, he went on to pursue a PhD in 20th century poetry, from which his academic book Larkin’s Travelling Spirit (Palgrave, 2020) emerged. Alex has also been published in the likes of New Writing Scotland, Gutter, The London Magazine and Orbis, including being invited to read at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, before winning a place in The Charles Causley Poetry Prize.

About Edinburgh Dog & Cat Home:

Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home has been going day in, day out, since 1883. They strive to ensure that every dog and cat has the loving home it deserves - creating a community where all pets and their people are given a second chance at happiness.

Simply put, the Home is here to protect loving homes, find loving homes, and run a loving Home. 

It costs around £3 million a year to run their vital services in the community, and they rely solely on the kindness and generosity of the public.

With open doors and open hearts for pets and their people, Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home can continue to rescue, reunite, and rehome dogs and cats across East and Central Scotland. 

For further information on Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home, please visit

Follow Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram at @EdinDogCatHome


- I'd like to attend with a friend/partner and share a copy of the book-  is it possible to get a ticket without the book?

No problem - please select the 'donation only' option at the checkout.

- Will I be sent an e-ticket before the event?

Please note that we will have a guest list on the door on the night of the event, and you will not be sent an e-ticket for it - simply let us know your name/the name of the person who booked your ticket when you arrive, and we'll check you in!

A note on Covid precautions: if you can, please take a lateral before attending, and if you feel unwell on the day, please err on the side of caution.