The Stray Cat

My first published book was a short, spooky novel for 9-14 year olds called The Stray Cat. It was illustrated by the talented artist, Shaun Tan. I’m proud to say it was quite a successful little book, selling almost 8,000 copies in Australia in its first print run. Not bad sales figures in a country where the average first book typically sells 2,000-4,000 copies and where anything over 15,000 is considered a best-seller. On top of local Australian sales, foreign editions were published in five other countries. The Stray Cat was was also runner-up for a 1997 Ditmar Award. Quite a respectable result for a first book that started life as a short story in a now long defunct amateur horror fiction magazine. Click here to read more about the genesis of The Stray Cat.

 

The Stray Cat  (Australia)

  • Author: Steven Paulsen
  • Illustrator: Shaun Tan
  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Lothian Books an imprint of Hachette Livre Australia (1996)
  • Language English
  • ISBN-10: 0850917859
  • ISBN-13: 978-0850917857

Misteri Kucing Tersesat (Indonesia)

  • The Indonesian edition was a small format paperback.
  • Author: Steven Paulsen
  • Illustrator: Shaun Tan
  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: PT Elex Media Komputindo (1997)
  • Language: Bahasa Indonesian
  • ISBN-10: 9796637510

Le Chat Errant (France)

For the French Edition, Hachette commissioned a new cover and for some inexplicable reason they dropped all the Shaun Tan illustrations!

  • Author: Steven Paulsen
  • Translator: Marianne Costa
  • Illustrator: Alain Fretet
  • Paperback: 41 pages
  • Publisher: Hachette Jeunesse (1998)
  • Language: French
  • ISBN-10: 2012098312
  • ISBN-13: 978-2012098312

The Stray Cat  (UK)

  • Author: Steven Paulsen
  • Illustrator: Shaun Tan
  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Franklin Watts an imprint of Scholastic Library Publishing (1999)
  • Language English
  • ISBN-10: 0-7496-3523-1
  • ISBN-13: 9780749635237

Die Streunende Katz (Germany)

The Germans produced a handsome hardcover edition.

  • Author: Steven Paulsen
  • Illustrator: Shaun Tan
  • Hardback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: G&G Kinder – und Jugendbuch (1999)
  • Language: German
  • ISBN-10: 3707400387
  • ISBN-13: 978-3707400380

After Dark (Korea)

The Korean publication was titled After Dark and contained three stories: “The Half Dead” by Garry Disher, “The Stray Cat” by Steven Paulsen and “The Intruder” by Rowena Lindquist.

  • Authors: Garry Disher, Steven Paulsen and Rowena Lindquist.
  • Illustrators: Shaun Tan and Chris johnston
  • Paperback: 158 pages
  • Publisher: Bookhouse Co., Ltd. (2002)
  • Language: Korean
  • ISBN-10: 0850917859
  • ISBN-13: 978-0850917857

The Stray Cat (CD Audio Book)

Listening Books provides a postal and internet based audio book library service for people with visual impairments, learning difficulties such as dyslexia and physical impairments that mean a person cannot easily hold a book or turn a page. I’m proud to support the good work of this excellent charity organisation.

  • Author: Steven Paulsen
  • Reader: Stephanie Beattie
  • Publisher: Listening Books
  • Duration: 40 mins
  • Publishers id: 9244CD