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Phyllis Arkle was born and educated in Chester. In 1959 she moved to the Thames Valley village of Twyford in Berkshire, where she wrote the Railway Cat amongst many other books for children. She died in 1997.
There's never a dull moment with Alfie, the railway cat. He's faced burglars and a runaway train, he's even become a media star. Fred, his friend at the station couldn't cope without him. But Alfie's made an enemy of railman Hack. But now Alfie's been kidnapped! How will he find his way home? And what does Hack have to do with it all? Join Alfie in this rollercoaster series of adventures, when he does everything from save a life to becoming a pantomime star - You'll never meet another cat quite like him!