Under the Paw: Confessions of a Cat ManPaperback
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- Paperback $7.35
- Publisher: POCKET BOOKS
- Format: Paperback | 224 pages
- Dimensions: 130mm x 194mm x 18mm | 181g
- Publication date: 2 March 2009
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 1847391834
- ISBN 13: 9781847391834
- Sales rank: 62,965
For years, Tom Cox might have seemed like a regular, hard-living sort of bloke -- a lover of late nights, rock music and beer -- but he had a dark, furry secret. Tom was a cat lover. For a while, he kept his passion in check, but there was only so long he could postpone his true dream, especially after he met Dee, his moggy-loving soulmate. He let London and his job as a rock critic behind, and he and Dee, her cat Janet and three new kittens, moved to a remote part of Norfolk. They thought it would be easy. They thought their cat madness had reached its limit. They were wrong. In Under the Paw, Tom records the chaos of owning seven of the most charismatic, idiotic and duplicitous cats in the country. Suddenly on call around the clock for multiple sets of whiskers, Tom encounters death, depression, flying fur and the first human sentence spoken by a feline. Running through all the maelstrom is the heartbreaking story of his relationship with The Bear, his oldest cat: a 'painfully sensitive' survivor moggy who may or may not be an evil genius.
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By Liz Murphy 14 Aug 2012
Out of all the Kit-Lit (kitty literature) this is by far the best, paws down. Tom Cox's description of the stereotyped 'Crazy Cat Lady' is purrfect as well as pointing out the lack of avid male cat fans, and speculation to where their possible whereabouts are. The book is a complete page turner - a biographical account of Cox's life as a pet owner, starting from his childhood.
Cox writes eloquently and in a witty style about many cats - with many feline protagonists there wasn't that sense of impending doom, after a long bond with the hero of a great kit-lit when you know the whiskered creature is soon going to be departing for their afterlife - leaving readers utterly devastated - but instead Under The Paw offers readers many tales of delightfully wonderful feline friends, Monty being my favorite. It is funny and smart, as well as giving our beloved cats a great testimony and an honest portrayal.
Cox is an utterly talented writer. In-between chapters, a cat - dictionary occupies the pages which is very humorous but also very true (and a little practical).
I cannot recommend this book anymore - to be read right meow !
Cox's follow up book Talk to the Tail: Adventures in Cat Ownership and Beyond has been ordered online and from the standard of Under The Paw I am assured it will be equally brilliant. A review of it will be coming shortly.