The Invincible Miss Cust


The Invincible Miss Cust, based on the real-life of Aleen Isabel Cust, might be historical fiction, but it’s a story destined to make history buffs of us all. Cust defied her family and society to become Britain and Ireland’s first female veterinary surgeon.


Born in Ireland in 1868, Aleen grew used to being told no, primarily because she was a girl. No, to call a doctor for her ailing dog; No to attending her father’s funeral; No, to university or veterinary college. And most definitely, No to being a certified veterinary surgeon.


However, the space between expecting and accepting was where the spirited young girl drew the line, a mark she carved deeper with each passing year. On her steadfast journey to realize her dream and fulfill her potential, Aleen experienced many losses, but she also found love and mentors that helped her on the way to becoming a trailblazer and role model.

"Aleen Cust is a historic heroine for the modern age!"

The Invincible Miss Cust is a must-read for fans of historical fiction and anyone who enjoys a great story. Penny Haw’s splendid research of this incredible woman and her extraordinary life journey has given us a captivating tale, and the fidelity to Aleen’s life story shines. The author’s beautiful writing nimbly transports readers to another era, a precursor for modern challenges and solutions. If this is Penny Haw’s historical debut, I can’t wait to see what she has in store for us next!


You'll be swept away by this story of resilience, love, loss, and the power of never giving up on one’s dream. Aleen Cust is a historic heroine for the modern age!


Penny Haw has worked as a journalist and columnist for more than three decades, writing for many leading South African newspapers and magazines before fulfulling her lifelong dream of writing fiction. Her stories feature remarkable women, illustrate her love for nature, and explore the interconnectedness of all living things. Learn more about Penny Haw and The Invincible Miss Cust by going to her website www.pennyhaw.com and following her on Twitter @Penny Haw