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Cat Lovers Book Club - June 2020

Cold winter days are perfect to curl up by the fire with a great book whilst enjoying your cat's company though combining these activities always presents a challenge! 

If your stock of books has dwindled during the lockdown period, here are our top picks of the latest book releases for this June 2020 - Cat Lovers Book Club.

In search of big cat origins

by Mark Hallett, John Harris

Big cats such as lions, tigers, leopards, and jaguars fascinate us like few other creatures. They are enduring symbols of natural majesty and power. Yet despite the magnetic appeal of the big cats, their origins and evolutionary history remain poorly understood-and human activity threatens to put an end to the big cats' glory. 

On the Prowl is a fully illustrated and approachable guide to the evolution of the big cats. Mark Hallett and John M. Harris trace the origins of these iconic carnivores, venturing down the evolutionary pathways that produced the diversity of big cat species that have walked the earth.

They place the evolution and paleobiology of these species in the context of ancient ecosystems and climates, explaining what made big cats such efficient predators and analysing their competition with other animals. The authors pay close attention to human impact, from the evidence of cave paintings and analysis of ancient extinctions up to present-
day crises. 

Their engaging and carefully documented account is brought to life through detailed illustrations by the paleoartist Hallett based on the most recent research by leading paleontologists. 

Offering a fresh look at the rise of these majestic animals, On the Prowl also makes a powerful case for renewed efforts to protect big cats and their habitats before it is too late.

Hardcover, 272 pages
Publisher: Columbia University Press, 2nd June 2020

RRP: $85.40 at

by Gill Carrick

Arthritis doesn't only affect humans and dogs; cats can suffer from this debilitating condition too. There are around nine million cats in the UK, with three-quarters of those over eight years old showing signs of the disease. 

Yet arthritis is on the rise, and while cats' survival instincts mean they don't usually vocalise their pain, it doesn't mean they're not hurting. 

'My cat has arthritis, but lives life to the full' gives our feline friends the voice they've been longing for. With expert input from leading feline vets, cat dieticians, and specialists in complementary therapies, the book covers all aspects of the disease, from how to spot the signs, to where to go for help. 

Areas covered include: the types of feline arthritis; the importance of an early diagnosis; the different kinds of treatment available, and the question of euthanasia for cats whose pain and discomfort sadly cannot be controlled. Featuring moving case histories, owner insight, and lavish colour photos, this book is an invaluable companion for all cat owners, and anyone considering getting a cat.

Paperback, 80 pages
Publisher: Veloce Publishing Ltd, Imprint: Hubble and Hattie
15th June 2014

RRP: $18.50 at

by Dan Kaufman

Drowning in the Shallows is a comedy about heartache, a satire of Sydney society, a coming-of-age tale about a man in his thirties who is only now growing up, and a love story about a man and his beloved evil cat.

His girlfriend dumped him, he writes about bars for a dying newspaper that's abandoned news reporting for lifestyle articles, and he's desperately searching for meaning amongst the backdrop of Sydney's shallow social and dating scene.

Then he meets a young woman at a party who just might be the answer to his life's meaninglessness. However, she's only 19 - and one of his student's friends.

This is a novel about a man who tries to curb his sleazier tendencies as he learns they're not only pathetic but also the cause of - and not the solution to - his problems.

Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Melbourne Books, 16th April 2020

Price: $26.95 at

by Nick Bradley

In Tokyo, one of the world's largest megacities, a stray cat is wending her way through the back alleys. And, with each detour, she brushes up against the seemingly disparate lives of the city-dwellers, connecting them in unexpected ways. But the city is changing. 

As it does, it pushes her to the margins where she chances upon a series of apparent strangers; from a homeless man squatting in an abandoned hotel, to a shut-in hermit afraid to leave his house, to a convenience store worker searching for love. 

The cat orbits Tokyo's denizens, drawing them ever closer. In a series of spellbinding, interlocking narratives with styles ranging from manga to footnotes, Nick Bradley has hewn a novel of interplay and estrangement; of survival and self-destruction; of the desire to belong and the need to escape. 

Formally inventive and slyly political, The Cat and The City is a lithe thrill-ride through the less-glimpsed streets of Tokyo.

Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Atlantic Books, 2nd June 2020

Price: $26.25 from


by Cesar Dunbar

The perfect funny gift for kids, this book includes over 100 meow-tastic, hilarious cat jokes and riddles interspersed with 35 funny illustrations.

What did the alien say to the cat?
Answer: "Take me to your litter!"

Where do cats go after their tails fall off?
"The re-tail store!"

Who delivers presents to cats?
"Santa Claws!"

Many kids love cats, and all kids love to laugh. This collection of cat jokes will have your kids rolling on the floor with laughter!

This joke book is a great gift idea if you want to spend more quality time with your family: it provides young readers and their parents with hours of fun and laughter!

Paperback, 138 pages
Published: 18th May 2020

Price: $28.95 at

by Izzi Howell

Share in the wonderment of science with a crew of crazy cats and measure your amazement, awe and disgust alongside their furry feline faces!

Like every topic, science becomes more interesting when cats are involved. Cats React to Science Facts is an engaging and fun way to understand the world of science. It's just purrfect! 

A vast cast of feline friends take us on a tour of the core areas of science from outer space and the human body, to forces and materials. Bitesize text, fun photos, diagrams, dollops of humour and a react-o-meter all help to make science memorable and fun to learn.

This book is a great gift for cat lovers and science students aged 7 and beyond, covering key science topics in a unique way.

Paperback, 112 pages
Publisher: Hachette Children's Group, 26th May 2020
For Ages: 9 - 11 years old

Price: $17.50 at

The Old Gumbie Cat

by T. S. Eliot, Arthur Robins (Illustrator)

I have a Gumbie Cat in mind, her name is Jennyanydots. 

Her coat is of the tabby kind, with tiger stripes and leopard spots. All day she sits upon the stair or on the steps or on the mat: She sits and sits and sits and sits - and that's what makes a Gumbie Cat!

But the Old Gumbie Cat gets busy at the end of the day, teaching and cooking, and getting the mice, cockroaches and beetles organised!

The sixth gorgeous Cats picture book with lively and colourful illustrations by Arthur Robins.

Paperback, 32 pages
Publisher: Allen & Unwin, Imprint: Faber & Faber, 28th April 2020
For Ages: 4 - 6 years old

Price: $12.75 at

by Lily Murray, Becky Cameron

Monet’s Cat tells the story of a magical pottery cat, Chika, who comes alive to explore Monet’s paintings from within. 

Join her as she visits four famous works of art – causing chaos at a picturesque picnic lunch, getting lost in the smog at a train station, running riot at the beach and making a splash at the water lily pond. But can her famous owner keep up with her exploits?

Featuring beautiful illustrations inspired by Monet’s paintings, as well as gallery pages showcasing reproductions of his work, this charming story encourages even the youngest children to engage with, explore and enjoy Monet’s art.

Paperback, 32 pages
Publisher: Michael O'Mara Books Ltd, 14th May 2020
For Ages: from 3+ years old

RRP: $20.75 at

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