Stephen (Spike) on Park BenchThe 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 in October 2016, 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, “Tigger: Memoirs of a Cosmopolitan Cat” and 10 runner-ups.

Miss you, furrball


In 2018 the award is returning. Open from 1st April 2018 to 31st July 2018, the winners will be announced on 1st October 2018. The first prize will be a £100 Amazon UK gift voucher, a certificate, web badge, and a catnip mouse. This year there will be three runners up, each receiving a £25 Amazon UK voucher, web badge and web certificate.

In one major change this year we are charging for entries, £1.50 for the first book and so on from there. As Stephen was a rescue cat, we are partnering with the CatChat charity, who provide a network that helps rescues of all sizes around the country rehome cats. For each book entered, we will be donating £1 to CatChat to help them rescue other cats.