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A Lichfield author has released his new book telling the story of how a deadly disease in cats could transfer to humans.

Publication of novel The Tenth Life by Michael J Owen comes in the wake of the news of the first UK cat being diagnosed with coronavirus.

The story follows the danger of infected cats who have a deadly disease – but which also has the side-effect of developing the level of intelligence of the animal.

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“I have followed the possibility of this type of link for 15 years.

“The idea of animals potentially breeding a virus that would wipe out humanity was born in my mind in 1996 during the BSE scare.

“This story explores the implication of a very localised outbreak and how Government powers are used to create extermination camps and destroy all cats in the area of the first spike.

“It is a view of a future crisis in which the ‘enlightened’ cats seek to halt this danger to their lives and use human friends to fight this ultimate threat to their lives.”

Michael J Owen

The Tenth Life is available in paperback and Kindle edition on Amazon.


Founder of Lichfield Live and editor of the site.

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  1. Many thanks for running the story. There has been amazing interest and the website has picked up 26,000 views and rising. The Birmingham Mail have just picked up the story but thanks for being the first. It certainly seems to raising an amazing amount of interest and congratulations Lichfield Live.

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