Welcome Home, Bernard Socks (novel)

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Welcome Home, Bernard Socks was a 2015 novel written by Paul Magrs. The novel was a sequel to The Story of Fester Cat and Fester and the Christmas Mouse, both stories revolving around fictional retellings of Paul's life in Levenshulme, in the style of many of Magrs' other short stories, such as Bafflement and Devotion and In the Sixties. Welcome Home, Bernard Socks was also notable for continuing the trend of having Panda as a main character.

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Fester Cat returns us to his favourite place in the world, and casts a wry but compassionate eye over events in the house on Chestnut Avenue. In the months following his death Fester watches his hapless housemates Paul and Jeremy cope with living in a quiet, catless house, and gradually come to the decision that they must adopt a new friend. It is at the eccentric cat rescue / charity shop THARG where they first meet the robust and sproingy young Bernard Socks – the black and white cat who is destined to inherit Fester’s place in their home and garden down beside the railway tracks.

But things are never simple and straightforward in this family, and there follow months of excitement, adventures and downright palavers. Bernard Socks escapes and discovers a ghostly cat parade that happens every Midsummer Night’s Eve in Levenshulme. He helps the boys through the sudden death of a close friend. He gradually settles into his new life on Chestnut Avenue and everything seems fine, as Autumn draws near.

But then the men from the roofing company arrive and set up scaffolding all over the terrace and pretty soon all the ceilings are falling in and it seems that the three boys’ precious home is never going to be the same again. By the end of the year everything feels as if it’s in jeopardy – even the health of Bernard Socks himself. But what can Fester Cat do to help, watching all of these disastrous events unfold? How can that tough little, much-missed companion still make his voice heard by the humans that he loves?


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The photograph that provided the basis for the cover of the book.[2]

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External links[[edit]]

Official Welcome Home, Bernard Socks page at Obverse Books