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Cat Lovers Book Club - Christmas Special


Welcome to a super-sized Christmas 2018 special edition of the Cat Lovers Book Club
If you are struggling for last minute gift ideas, we have a fantastic selection that will delight cat and animal lovers of all ages ...

CHRISTMAS AT THE CAT CAFE
by Melissa Daley

Molly and her kittens live in feline luxury at their very own cat café in the Cotswolds village of Stourton. People flock from far and wide to visit the café, lured by delicious baked goods and adorable cats. For owner Debbie, Molly and her kittens, life is good. Or so they thought? 

When Debbie's sister Linda turns up unannounced and heartbroken, Debbie insists she stay at the café. What Debbie doesn't realize is that Linda's arrived with an unwelcome guest - a dog called Beau. However, there's one thing the cats hate in their café - dogs.

With Christmas approaching, Molly feels as if her home and family are both under threat. But fate has another surprise in store for the cat café's residents, which leaves both Debbie and Molly floundering. Suddenly Molly's future is far from certain...

Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Pan Macmillan Australia, 31st October 2017

RRP: $19.99 from www.booktopia.com.au


MY LIFE IN CAT HOUSE
True Tales of Love, Laughter, and Living with Five Felines

by Gwen Cooper

Celebrate the human-feline bond with all its joys, mysteries, and life-changing moments.

Gwen Cooper—author of the blockbuster bestseller Homer’s Odyssey: A Fearless Feline Tale, or How I Learned About Love and Life With a Blind Wonder Cat —returns with the ongoing adventures of her much-beloved, world-famous fur family. Ideal for new readers and longtime fans alike, this memoir told in eight purr-fect cat stories is filled with all the humor and heart Gwen’s devoted readership has come to know and love.

Raised in a dog-loving family, Gwen never pictured herself as a “cat person.” But from the very first feline she adopted—an adorable five-week-old rescue kitten, slow to learn how to trust after life on the streets—Gwen was smitten. Eventually one rescue kitten became five, and all the ups and downs of a life with cats are lovingly depicted here ...

From the obsessive cat who teaches himself to play fetch and demands it morning, noon, and night from his hapless human mom; to the crafty white beauty who raises outside-the-litter-box thinking to the level of an art form; to the routine vet trip that turns into a hijinks-filled misadventure on the streets of Manhattan with three (VERY cranky!) felines in tow. And Homer, the Blind Wonder Cat himself, returns triumphant in new tales of life and love after worldwide fame. 

Sure to be treasured by cat lovers everywhere, My Life in a Cat House will leave you laughing out loud, shedding an occasional tear, and hugging your own cat a little bit closer. Read and rejoice!

Hardcover, 270 pages
Publisher: BenBella Books, 15th November 2018

RRP: $32.99 from www.booktopia.com.au


THE TRAVELLING VET 
From Pets to Pandas, My Life in Animals 
by Jonathan Cranston

The Travelling Vet Book by Jonathan Cranston pictured with a Giraffe
Jonathan Cranston is no ordinary vet. In addition to his day job in the Oxfordshire countryside treating cows, dogs, pigs and cats, he's also worked with an astonishing range of species around the world, including crocodiles, rhinos and pandas.

In this charming collection he introduces us to some of his favourite patients, ranging from beloved family pets through to magnificent creatures of the wild.

Whether microchipping
armadillos, anaesthetising giraffes or advising the makers of the Jurassic World series on exactly how to operate on a velociraptor, Jonathan's love for his work and the entire animal kingdom is infectious. From the preposterous (castrating a sugar glider) to the poignant (encountering victims of rhino poaching), the stories in The Travelling Vet will delight and enthral every animal lover. 

Hardcover, 336 pages
Publisher: Allen & Unwin Australia, 28th November 2018

RRP: $35.00 from www.booktopia.com.au

A GIFT FROM BOB
How a Street Cat Helped One Man Learn the Meaning of Christmas
by James Bowen

From the day James rescued a street cat abandoned in the hallway of his sheltered accommodation, they began a friendship which has transformed both their lives and, through the bestselling books A Street Cat Named Bob and The World According To Bob, touched millions around the world.

In this new story from their journey together, James looks back at the last Christmas they spent scraping a living on the streets and how Bob helped him through one of his toughest times - providing strength, friendship and inspiration but also teaching him important lessons about the true meaning of Christmas along the way.

Hardcover, 192 pages
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton, 11th November 2014
For Ages: 12 - 14 years old

RRP: $29.99 from www.booktopia.com.au

BOOK CLUB - KIDS' CORNER

VISBY THE VIRTUOSO
The Classical Cruising Cat

by Liane Alitowski

One day while walking along a New York pier lost in thought, Visby suddenly finds himself boarding a tremendous cruise ship. 

A uniquely talented cat, he quickly figures a way to stay on board and travel the world. Eager to share his musical gifts with the Captain and his fellow passengers, Visby enchants his audiences with piano recitals as he crosses the Atlantic and experiences Europe for the first time.

His whirlwind voyage takes us to some of the most fascinating cities in the world. Everywhere the cruise docks, adventures occur. Visby combines his passion for music with his natural curiosity for distinct cultural flavors. This unique cruiser invites the reader to sail away with him on the high seas - with daring and with gusto!!


Format: Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Tellwell Talent, 8th November 2018
For Ages: 6 - 12 years old


RRP: $28.25 from www.booktopia.com.au


THE BLUE CAT
by Ursula Dubosarsky 

A boy stood in the playground under the big fig tree. 'He can't speak English,' the children whispered.

Sydney, 1942. The war is coming to Australia - not only with the threat of bombardment, but also the arrival of refugees from Europe. Dreamy Columba's world is growing larger. She is drawn to Ellery, the little boy from far away, and, together with her highly practical best friend Hilda, the three children embark on an adventure through the harbour-side streets - a journey of discovery and terror, in pursuit of the mysterious blue cat ...

Paperback, 180 pages
Publisher: Allen & Unwin, 29th March 2017
For Ages: 10+ years old


RRP: $19.99 from www.booktopia.com.au

REBEL CATS!
Brave Tales of Feisty Felines

by Kimberlie Hamilton

An engaging collection about cats who are the heroes of their own stories, Rebel Cats introduces us to fur-raising facts and adventures from around the world and across the centuries. 

Profiles include WWII heroes, courageous adventurers, a Guinness World Record holder and even an astrocat that travelled in space (and made it back to Earth to tell the tale). Plus tons of information on cat activism, feline myths and much, much more. 

Book features:
o Secrets, stories and facts about history’s most fascinating felines.
o With profiles of over 30 real-life felines.
o The perfect gift for animal lovers young and old


Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: Scholastic, 1st December 2018

RRP: $19.99 from www.booktopia.com.au


SPACE CAT MEETS MARS
by Ruthven Todd, illustrated by Paul Galdone 


The dauntless Space Cat - aka Flyball - and his pal, Colonel Fred, blast off for their most fantastic destination yet! While they're on their way home from Venus, the astronauts are forced to make an emergency landing on Mars. Although Flyball's a bit bored by the Red Planet at first, his curiosity is piqued by its sole surviving fishing cat, a friendly female named Moofa. Will she turn out to be the cat's meow?

This new edition of a charmingly illustrated story is the third of a four-book series starring the intrepid feline known as Space Cat. Young readers will delight in taking a look at space exploration from Flyball's point of view and following his escapades across the solar system.

Hardcover, 80 pages
Publisher: Dover Publication Inc., 30th November 2018
For Ages: 6+ years old

RRP: $35.99 from www.booktopia.com.au

PETE'S THE CAT'S 12 GROOVY DAYS OF CHRISTMAS 
by James Dean

Pete and his friends are rockin’ and groovin’ while counting down the days to Christmas! Who needs five golden rings, when you can have five onion rings? 

Join Pete and the gang for one-of-a-kind holiday cheer. He adds a cool-cat spin on a well-known Christmas carol, bringing a hip and energetic spirit to the season.
This is a perfect Christmas gift for Pete the Cat fans who are eagerly awaiting Santa’s arrival. 

Hardcover, 48 pages
Publisher: HarperCollins, 10th October 2018 
For Ages: 4+ years old



RRP: $24.99 from www.booktopia.com.au

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