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Cat Lovers Book Club - November 2019

Welcome to this November 2019 selection of the Cat Lovers Book Club

Whether you're looking for the latest books on cat health or cat behaviour to add to your reference library, an easy read for the summer holidays or stocking fillers for Christmas, we have some great ideas for you!

Everything You Need to Know to Understand Your Pet
by Bo Soderstrom

What is your pet actually thinking? Chances are - contrary to popular opinion - it's more than just 'Can I have some more food?'. This fascinating insight into your pets' minds will reveal the latest thinking on what they're thinking.

How perceptive are cats to the good (or bad) behaviour of humans? How do they differ from breed to breed? Are some left handed and some right-handed? How can you tell if your pet is lonely? And just how similar is your cat to a tiger?

In What Your Cat is Thinking the researcher, biologist and author Bo Soderstrom weaves together fascinating facts we're only just learning about man's best friends, with highly practical tips to help us better understand and care for the animals in our life. Research on cat and dog behaviour, and the complicated psychology which influences their responses and needs has formally exploded in the 21st century, with fascinating new knowledge gained every day.

Bo Soderstrom has an iron grip on all the cutting edge research to match the most determined cat's hold on his favourite catnip toy, and here he presents the most interesting results in an easy-to-understand way. Learn about the interaction between man and pet, understand your cat's mysterious signals, immerse yourself in those earliest moments, and gain the ability to stare into your animal's eyes and think 'I get you'.

Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: John Murray Press, 17th October 2019

RRP: $29.99 at

by Lise Hansen 

Veterinary surgeon Lise Hansen offers a complete and comprehensive guide to 21st century health care for cats and dogs.

A comprehensive book that is highly relevant (even indispensable) to every dog and cat carer. Bursting with up-to-date information on all important areas of animal health, the information in this book will help maintain good health, or offer help during an illness. 

✔️ Current advice on four essential areas of health care: diet, vaccination, parasite control and neutering 

✔️ Does your pet need regular vaccine boosters? 
✔️ What is the best diet for your cat or dog? 
✔️ Are allergies curable in animals? 
✔️ Full of practical advice on how you can best support your animal – in sickness and in health 

The one book that no dog or cat lover should be without! 

Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Veloce Publishing Ltd, Imprint: Hubble and Hattie, 7th November 2019

Price: $39.95 at 

by Lulu Mayo

Showcasing over 30 inspirational women, including Florence Nightingale (the founder of modern nursing), Georgia O'Keeffe (the artist and mother of American modernism) and Rosa Luxemburg (the philosopher and revolutionary), who all have one thing in common – their affection towards cats.

The uplifting stories of cat-loving women – ranging from artists, pioneers, writers and humanitarians – who dared to change and inspire the world are paired with Lulu Mayo's quirky illustrations. 

Behind Every Great Woman is a Great Cat celebrates the cat as muse, companion, colleague and emotional support as it explodes the myth of a 'cat lady'.

Hardcover, 96 pages
Publisher: Michael O'Mara Books Ltd, 1st November 2019

RRP: $20.35 at 

Poems by Pensive Pets
by Francesco Marciuliano

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of I Could Pee on This, Francesco Marciuliano presents this humorous and all too relatable book written from the perspective of some pensive, sometimes intense, but nonetheless insightful pets.

Have you ever been labelled as "antisocial," "shy," or "lost in your own thoughts" because you don't realise someone's been calling your name 148 times? The cats understand.

All Cats Are Introverts is a collection of self-reflective poetry from cats that clearly shows them to be the insightful, often alert, crowd-averse, personally engaging, probably napping-as-we-speak introverts of the animal kingdom. Enjoy this completely relatable and hilarious book, and perhaps you will soon see the cat—and even yourself—in a whole new light.

Hardcover, 112 pages
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing, 1st October 2019

RRP: $24.99 at

Book Club - Kids' Corner

I Am Nobody but Myself

by Maggie Jessop, illustrated by Filipa Losada 

Way back when I was a kitten, all kinds of personalities lived on our farm. Everybody tried to be somebody else. 

The mule thought he was John Wayne, and the cow said he was smart as Einstein. The duck imagined he was Crocodile Dundee, and the chickens shrieked the Hallelujah Chorus like a bunch of Joan Sutherlands. 

The rooster impersonated Johnny English, and the dog recited the Gettysburg address. The goat quoted Shakespeare, and the lamb tried to be Mother Teresa and create world peace. And the horse? He was convinced he was Tony Robbins. Everybody tried to be somebody by putting on a show and saying fancy things.

Me? I just said, "Meow."

Hardcover, 34 pages
Series: Square Peg Storybooks, 21st October 2019
For Ages: 4 - 12 years old

RRP: $29.50 from

by Kat Patrick, Lauren Farrell (Illustrator)

He can perform all kinds of superhero acts, like catching humans when they fall from trees and firing furballs at top speed.

But will Doodle Cat's superpowers work when his friend is sad? Maybe he'll have to try something new.

Filled with Doodle Cat's signature exuberance and joy comes this hilarious and touching story of friendship, superheroes, love, and capes.

‘This exuberant, zany book full of giggles is also a warm-hearted story about friendship".Book Trust

Hardcover, 32 pages
Published: Scribe Publications, 1st October 2019
For Ages: 2 - 7 years old

RRP: $28.99 at

by Rebecca Donnelly, illustrated by Misa Saburi 

Celebrate cats in all their flowing, furry glory in Cats Are a Liquid, a charming picture book that examines the unusual physical properties of felines.

Cats fill./ Cats spill./ Cats flow downhill./
Cats tip./ Cats drip./ Cats grip, snip, rip./
Cats are a liquid/ Except when they’re not.

Inspired by an Ig Nobel Prize - winning investigation of how cats behave like liquids, this book introduces some of the physical properties of liquids: they adapt to fit a container, they flow like fluids - and is just pure fun.

Like its inspiration, it makes you laugh, then think. The book also includes a brief introduction to the different physical states: solid, liquid, gas. You can learn a lot from cats!

Hardback, 32 pages
Publisher: Pan MacMillan Australia, Imprint: Henry Holt (BYR), 9th October 2019
For Ages: 4+ years old

Price: $26.99 at

Six Stories About Mog the Forgetful Cat

by Judith Kerr

Mog's antics have entertained countless children ever since her first appearance in 1970, making this lovable cat one of the most enduringly popular characters in children's books.

The stories included are:
Mog the Forgetful Cat
Mog and Bunny
Mog and Baby
Mog on Fox Night
Mog's Bad Thing
Mog's Christmas

This wonderful book is perfect for reading at bedtime and makes the perfect for gift for Mog fans.

Hardcover, 208 pages
Publisher: Harper Collins UK, 15th October 2019
For Ages: 2 - 5 years old

RRP: $46.99 at

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