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New Beatrix Potter cat tale unearthed


Tuesday January 26th 2016

The previously unknown tale of a cat called Kitty-in-Boots is set to be published later this year more than a century after it was penned by Beatrix Potter.

The story charts the adventures of a black cat named Kitty, who is well behaved but leads a double life.

Publisher Jo Hanks unearthed a manuscript containing The Tale of Kitty-in-Boots two years ago after spotting a reference to it in an old literary history about the famous children's author.

This July will mark the 150th anniversary of Beatrix Potter's birth and the milestone is set to be followed in September by the publication of the story she had mentioned to her publisher in 1914.

The story is to be illustrated by Quentin Blake, who is best known for providing the drawings for Roald Dahl's books.

Ms Hanks, who publishes Beatrix Potter's stories for Penguin Random House, says just as Potter did, the illustrator understands how to make a story engaging for both children and adults alike.

Copyright Press Association 2016