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Helen Brown was born and brought up in New Zealand, where she first worked as a journalist, TV presenter, and scriptwriter. Now living in Melbourne, Australia, with her family and their blog-obsessed cat Jonah, Helen continues to write columns for the New Zealand and Australian media. She’s been voted Columnist of the Year several times.

Helen's memoir CLEO rose to the top of the bestseller list in its first weeks in the United Kingdom, New Zealand, and Australia. It has since sold 2 million copies worldwide and has been translated into more than 17 languages. A major movie is in development.

The sequel, AFTER CLEO CAME JONAH (CATS AND DAUGHTERS in the US), was published in many languages and warmly embraced by readers and critics alike.

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Who's Sorry Now?

I could swear my grocery-laden supermarket bags are heavier than the weights my trainer used to recommend. Walking home the other day, my right arm started hurting.

As I stopped near a corner and lowered the bags onto the footpath, there was a rattle of wheels and a flash of silver.

Looking up, I caught a glimpse of tattooed calf muscles topped with a flowing beard and man bun. Decades of mothe... Read more of this blog post »
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“Guilt isn't in cat vocabulary. They never suffer remorse for eating too much, sleeping too long or hogging the warmest cushion in the house. They welcome every pleasurable moment as it unravels and savour it to the full until a butterfly or falling leaf diverts their attention. They don't waste energy counting the number of calories they've consumed or the hours they've frittered away sunbathing.

Cats don't beat themselves up about not working hard enough. They don't get up and go, they sit down and stay. For them, lethargy is an art form. From their vantage points on top of fences and window ledges, they see the treadmills of human obligations for what they are - a meaningless waste of nap time.”
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“Great joy doesn't obliterate grief. Both can be encompassed at the same time.”
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“People persuade themselves they deserve easy lives, that being human makes us somehow exempt from pain. The theory works fine until we face the inevitable challenges. Our conditioning of denial in no way equips us to deal with the difficult times that not one of us escapes.

Cleo's motto seemed to be: Life's tough and that's okay, because life is also fantastic. Love it, live it - but don't be fooled into thinking it's not harsh sometimes. Those who've survived periods of bleakness are often better at savoring good times and wise enough to understand that good times are actually great.”
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