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Cat Lovers Book Club - May 2020

Make a cat mum's day memorable with this Mother's Day selection of books for cat lovers. 

Our gift guide highlights the latest cat book releases in non-fiction, humour so you can give Mum a present to keep her entertained during her self-isolation! You'll also find some illustrated children's books and educational options to keep the non fur-kids busy.

A Natural and Cultural History

by Sarah Brown

A comprehensive, richly illustrated introduction to the behaviour and qualities of the cat

Of all the domesticated species, cats have enjoyed the most complex relationship with people - one that still leads to arguments about whether you can truly call the cat asleep by your fire "tame." 

The Cat is a comprehensive, richly illustrated exploration of the natural and cultural history of this much-loved pet.

Chapters on Evolution & Development, Anatomy & Biology, Society & Behaviour, and Cats & Humans take different angles on matters feline, offering rich information and insights about kitten development, the hierarchy of cats, how cats think, communication between cats and people, historic and extinct breeds, the challenges facing cats today and how we can help, and much, much more. 

The book also features a visually stunning photographic directory of more than forty popular cat breeds, with essential information about each. 

Filled with surprising facts, The Cat will enchant anyone with an interest in, or a love for, these animals.

Hardcover, 224 pages
Publisher: Princeton University Press, 24th March 2020

Price: $27.75 at

A Collection of Cat Cartoons to Curl up With

by Dave Coverly

Here is an irresistible collection of clever cat-themed cartoons —a companion title to Dave Coverly’s Dogs Are People, Too: A Collection of Cartoons to Make Your Tail Wag

This collection contains over a hundred of Dave’s funniest cat cartoons from his nationally syndicated panel Speed Bump, as well as cat doodles and interviews from eight other award-winning cat-loving cartoonists. 

Divided into fun chapters such as “Cats and Their Humans,” “DomestiCATed,” “Reigning Cats and Dogs,” and filled with cat clichés, cat bloopers, and pop "cature," this is a compelling gift item perfect for animal lovers of all ages.

RRP: $26.99 at

An Exploration of Feline Friendships and Lingering Superstitions
by Alice Maddicott

Using period photos, found in junk stores and through second-hand sellers, Alice Maddicott explores the female relationship with cats. 

Alongside her treasure trove of found period photos of women and cats, Alice offers thoughtful accompanying text celebrating the relationship between the two, and investigating the stereotypes and history of their distrusted and oft-mocked connection. 

Literary, feminist, empathetic and filled with beautiful musings for animal lovers, this is the perfect gift book for cat women everywhere.

Hardcover, 144 pages
Publisher: September Publishing, 31st March 2020

RRP: $34.99

by Kac Young

The One Minute Cat Manager suggests 60-second techniques that anyone can practise with their cat. 

With expert insight into the inner workings of the feline mind, and analysis of cat behaviour, this book will facilitate a deeper understanding, and stronger bond with your feline friend.

Often, people pass up the opportunity to rescue a cat because they believe they don't have the time to care for a pet. 

The One Minute Cat Manager shows how, by employing certain sixty-second techniques can make cat care easy for all, and demonstrates the rewards that unconditional cat-love can bring, creating a bond that will last a lifetime. 

Specially commissioned illustrations enhance and inform the text. Everybody wins with The One Minute Cat Manager!

Paperback, 112 pages

Publisher: Veloce Publishing Ltd, Imprint: Hubble and Hattie, 9th July 2019

Price: $27.90 at

20 Recipes For Humans Who Love Cats
by Angie Rozelaar (Illustrator)

Dive into this beautiful recipe book, inspired by cats.

Featuring gorgeous, colourful illustrations by Planet Cat creator, Angie Rozelaar, alongside delicious recipes you won't be able to resist, like Sweet Potato Fries, Blueberry Pancakes, Lemon Cheesecake. 

This book is the purr-fect gift for cat lovers. Includes dual measures.

Hardcover: 64 pages
Publisher: Ice House Books, April 1, 2020

RRP: $21.50 at

10 Adorable Projects for Cat Lovers

by Megan Kreiner

We’re not “kitten around” with these adorable crochet projects!

A ball of yarn has never yielded so much fun! The kit includes all the materials you’ll need to create two cuddly kitties: yarn, a crochet hook, a tapestry needle, fibrefill stuffing, and two pairs of safety eyes. 

The 80-page paperback instruction book contains photos and illustrations to guide you in making ten projects. Crochet your very own collection of cuteness!

Activity Kit, 80 pages
Publisher: Silver Dolphin, 1st May 2019

Price: $21.25 at


by Karim Shamsi-BashaIrene LathamYuko Shimizu (Illustrator)

The courageous and true story of Mohammad Alaa Aljaleel, who in the midst of the Syrian Civil War offered safe haven to Aleppo's abandoned cats.

Aleppo's city centre no longer echoes with the rich, exciting sounds of copper-pot pounding and traditional sword sharpening. His neighbourhood is empty--except for the many cats left behind.

Alaa loves Aleppo, but when war comes his neighbours flee to safety, leaving their many pets behind. Alaa decides to stay - he can make a difference by driving an ambulance, carrying the sick and wounded to safety. One day he hears hungry cats calling out to him on his way home. 

They are lonely and scared, just like him. He feeds and pets them to let them know they are loved. 
The next day more cats come, and then even more. 

There are too many for Alaa to take care of on his own. Alaa has a big heart, but he will need help from others if he wants to keep all of his new friends safe.

Hardcover, 40 pages
Published: 14th April 2020
For Ages: 4 - 8 years old

RRP: $38.99 at

by Jessie Wall, Emily Stanbury (Illustrator)

Philomena is much loved by wheelchair-bound Sophie, but unfortunately she is a cat with attitude who is convinced she has been born into the wrong body. But can she prove it? 

The delightful follow-up to Geronimo, about a cat with attitude. 

Once again illustrator Emily Stanbury brings her magic touch to a humorous story.

Published: 1st April 2020
Number of Pages: 80
For Ages: 4 - 6 years old

RRP: $23.40 at

by Susi Schaefer

This witty picture book explores the loving bond between cats and their humans.

Princess has four ladies. Some cats say that’s too many, but there’s no such thing! 

Taking care of all these ladies can be a lot of work, but Princess doesn’t mind. She knows how to keep them happy with grooming, cuddling, and all the treats they want. Princess has everything under control until, one day, a mysterious stray appears. There’s a little girl in Princess’s favourite napping spot, surrounded by her ladies! 

Princess is overwhelmed with jealousy, and she leaves the house in a huff. But when Princess runs into trouble, the stray comes to her rescue. Maybe the stray can fit in with Princess and her ladies after all. Of course, she’ll need proper training first!

Hardcover, 32 pages
Published: 7th April 2020
For Ages: 4 - 8 years old

RRP: $24.99 at

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