The stories found in this collection explore the sensual worlds of thirteen older women, reframing their intellectual and emotional lives in intimate vignettes that will shock and comfort in equal measure. Susan finds she is attracted to her beautiful young carer, Miffy, and embarks on an intense emotional relationship with her. Nell discovers a cut on her leg, which leads her on to reflections on her past and a young girl in distress she encountered on her honeymoon.
Linda perversely seeks out her former lover, Malik, on the banks of the Victoria Falls, despite having left him years ago to return to her settled marriage to Bill. Daisy, who, by a curious stroke of fate, finds herself at the funeral of her former husband, Tim, relives their early life together, his betrayal of her and the anguish of that time. The narrator of 'Lockdown Fantasm' enjoys the cool fingers of her government-authorised Fantasm on week one hundred and ninety-three of the long lockdown.
In 'Schopenhauer and I', Martha, mourning her little dog whom she believes has been killed by the care home staff, works out how to manage a robot designed to monitor her behaviour, and to get her revenge. The narrator of 'Cat Brushing' communes with her elegant, soft Siamese cat, reflecting on the sexual pleasures of her past. In spiky, elegant prose, Jane Campbell ignites the voices of women who are fighting to live on their own terms, energised by their desires and passions, freedoms, integrity and sense of self.
Cat Brushing confronts the tragic misconceptions of aging and presents a vivid and transgressive peek into older women's lives.
For me, selling books comes from a love of reading, a love of sharing stories. Books and reading will always be at the centre of Olive’s book club, but it is so much more than that. I want to create a book loving community, to share queer love, to join together to absolutely hammer down on the disgusting racist, transphobic and ableist narrative the Tory government and the press are persistently peddling. Owning a book shop is something I’ve always dreamed of and I’m using this online shop as a platform for elevate this dream and hopefully open a bricks and mortar space in Newcastle Upon Tyne very soon!