397: Signed & dedicated first edition hardbacks of Varjak Paw and The Outlaw Varjak Paw

ITEM: Signed and dedicated first edition hardbacks of Varjak Paw and The Outlaw Varjak Paw, amazingly illustrated by David McKean (“The illustrations in this book greatly resemble gothic forms of art.”). Varjak Paw received a Smarties Gold Award and has been adapted for other media. The books will be signed by both SF Said and David McKean, something they’ve hardly ever done before.

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Varjak Paw is a Mesopotamian Blue kitten. He lives high up in an old house on a hill. He’s never left home, but then his grandfather tells him about the Way – a secret martial art for cats. Now Varjak must use the Way to survive in a city full of dangerous dogs, cat gangs and, strangest of all the mysterious Vanishings.

Having saved the city cats from a fate worse than death, Varjak Paw finds himself the elected and popular leader of a new gang – a gang that supports freedom and kindness for all. But will the pressure take its toll on this brave yet sometimes naive cat?
Soon the city erupts in an all-out gang war as the evil Sally Bones attempts to control the lives of all cats. Horrified and outnumbered, Varjak and the others must fight for their freedom or die trying; can Jalal’s Way really be the best way?
This is another thrilling adventure, eagerly awaited by all Varjak fans, both young and old.

BIO: SF Said is an award-winning author based in London. His first book, Varjak Paw, won the Nestlé Smarties Book Prize for Children’s Literature; the sequel, The Outlaw Varjak Paw, won the BBC’s Blue Peter Book Of The Year. His third book, Phoenix, has just been nominated for both the Carnegie Medal and the Kate Greenaway Medal. http://www.sfsaid.com

About Candy Gourlay

Growing up in the Philippines, Candy Gourlay wondered why all the books she'd ever loved didn't resemble her steamy, tropical home in Manila. As a result, it took her years to fulfil her dream of becoming an author – and years to learn that Filipino stories, too, belong in the pages of books. Her latest novel is BONE TALK, set in 1899 and told from the point of view of a boy from a headhunting village during the US invasion of the Philippines. She has just published her first picture book, IS IT A MERMAID – about a dugong who thinks she's a mermaid. Candy's other novels, TALL STORY and SHINE, have been listed for many prizes in the United Kingdom such as the Carnegie Medal and the Guardian Children's Book Prize. Both novels won the Crystal Kite Prize for Europe and Tall Story was awarded the National Children's Book Award in the Philippines.


  1. Great to see these bids coming in, you wonderful people! Please keep them coming – it couldn’t be for a better cause!

  2. Brendan Gannon

    30 GBP. So awesome to see this item, I love the Varjak Paw books.

  3. Hooray! Thank you so much, lovely people! This is awesome to see, please keep them coming!!!

  4. Polly Faber


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