Old Toffer to join Eliot’s Possum

Old Toffer to join Eliot’s Possum

Faber has snapped up a canine companion to T S Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, written by Costa-winning poet Christopher Reid.

Leah Thaxton, Faber Children’s publisher, bought world rights, all languages to Old Toffer’s Book of Consequential Dogs from Peter Straus at RCW.

Reid—who won the Costa in 2009 for A Gathering—was poetry editor at Faber in the 1990s, and was asked to write the book by the Eliot estate. Elliot Elam will illustrate the title, which features Dobson the Dog Detective, Flo the Philosophical Foxhound, and Frazzlesprat, who would rather be a cat.

Thaxton said: "Has there been a more significant moment in the history of Faber Children’s? Eliot’s cats are adored, so it is incredibly exciting to be publishing such a stunning companion volume."