Lost Cat is set in San Francisco, but will resonate with cat lovers the world over. This beautifully illustrated book tells the story of Caroline Paul‘s obsessive quest to discover where on earth her timid, elderly cat, Tibby, could have gone to when he vanished for five weeks while Caroline was recovering from injuries sustained in a plane crash. On his return Tibby was in rude health, and had even gained weight, so someone must have been looking out for him. But who?
I think most of us who are able to give our feline friends outside access would like to know how far our cats venture from home, and what they get up to when we’re not around; but we tend to just ponder over the matter from time to time and then leave it at that. Not Caroline: she decided to take the proactive approach and tracked Tibby’s every movement using GPS and camera devices – and a few other less scientific methods. In other words, she became a full-time cat stalker! Not only did this technology help her discover where Tibby had disappeared to, the experience also strengthened a blossoming relationship with her new partner, and taught her a thing or two about her neighbours and the area she lives in.
Caroline Paul is an engaging and witty writer, who – despite being loud and proud about her love for kitties – never tips over into mawkishness. Lost Cat is illustrated throughout by Caroline’s partner, Wendy MacNaughton, an accomplished watercolour artist with a real gift for sketching cats. Lost Cat is a very enjoyable quick read – don’t expect it to keep you entertained for more then an hour or so. It would also make a great gift for any fellow cat lovers in your life. (Particularly if they happen to have watched the BBC’s Secret Life of the Cat last week!)
I was sent a hardback copy of Lost Cat by publishing company Bloomsbury. If you’d like a chance to win my review copy (I promise you it’s still in pristine condition – I haven’t cracked the spine or dropped biscuit crumbs on it!), simply leave a comment below this post.
This giveaway is open to UK addresses only (sorry about that, but as it’s a hardback it would cost too much to post overseas). All entries must be in by midnight on 30th June 2012 – only one entry per person please. The winner will be selected by a random electronic draw on 01/07/2013, and notified by email. If the prize is not claimed by midnight on 14/07/2013 a new winner will be selected.
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