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Cat Lovers Book Club - Christmas 2020

It's the most wonderful time of the year and our Christmas 2020 special edition of the Cat Lovers Book Club is here!

If you can't bear the thought of summer holidays without some great reads to look forward to, this new selection is certain to help you find the perfect gift for all the cat lovers in your life!
You'll just have to be more patient regarding shipping times this year...

A Journey Through Feline History

by Paul Koudounaris, Baba the Cat

A Cat’s Tale will be the first true history of feline kind: our origins, our exploits, the evolution of our relationship with our human companions and the surprising ways in which our history parallels that of humanity. Heretofore, our ambassadors to the human world have been fictitious, lumbering louts like Garfield—or real-life cats simply esteemed for being cute, such as Lil Bub

I’m here to tell you real cats do not hate Mondays—we don’t use a weekly calendar at all. And real cats don’t pose for selfies.

With A Cat’s Tale, I am here to correct the record and expose the reality of feline greatness. Our story spans tens of thousands of miles and many thousands of years. It is a story that humanity has so far stubbornly refused to learn, ignored in favour of a fantasy history beginning with a lie: the absurd notion that you domesticated us. Really? If that’s what you believe, go find a bobcat and try.

From the prehistoric Felis (a large mammal from which all domestic cats have descended) to ancient Egyptian cat goddess, key cats of the Enlightenment to swashbuckling pirate felines and infamous American tabbies, the story of our kind is told here in its totality. And perhaps, dear reader, you will rightfully come to this book for the cats - but, I promise, you will walk away with a fun and interesting history lesson to boot.

Hardcover, 288 pages
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co., 10th November 2020

Price: $42.80 at

by CJ Fentiman

CJ had a long history of escaping places and people she wasn't fond of. But for the sake of a silver tabby, she decided to stay in Japan for a while. This decision helped her open up her heart and mind, revisit her way of thinking, and reconnect with her estranged family. 

Let this heartwarming memoir take you to the land of cats and cherry trees as you read about CJ's adventures - from the craziness of Furukawa's naked men festival, the experience of forest bathing and the significance of finding a life purpose or ikigai, to the temples of Takayama, and wonders of Cat Island - you'll see what a homeless kitten found outside a temple in Japan taught her about an old culture and new beginnings.

Paperback: 234 pages
Publisher: Silver Vine Press, 1 October 2020

RRP: $21.95 from

One man, his rescue cat and a bike ride around the globe

by Dean Nicholson 

Instagram phenomenon @1bike1world Dean Nicholson reveals the full story of his life-changing friendship with rescue cat Nala and their inspiring adventures together on a bike journey around the world.

When 30-year-old Dean Nicholson set off from Scotland to cycle around the world, his aim was to learn as much as he could about our troubled planet. But he hadn't bargained on the lessons he'd learn from his unlikely companion.

Three months after leaving home, on a remote road in the mountains between Montenegro and Bosnia, he came across an abandoned kitten. Something about the piercing eyes and plaintive meowing of the bedraggled little cat proved irresistible. He couldn't leave her to her fate, so he put her on his bike and then, with the help of local vets, nursed her back to health.

Soon on his travels with the cat he named Nala, they forged an unbreakable bond - both curious, independent, resilient and adventurous. The video of how they met has had 20 million views and their Instagram has grown to over 860k followers!

Experiencing the kindness of strangers, visiting refugee camps, rescuing animals through Europe and Asia, Dean and Nala have already learned that the unexpected can be pretty amazing. 

Together with Garry Jenkins, writer with James Bowen of the bestselling A Street Cat Named Bob, Dean shares the extraordinary tale of his and Nala's inspiring and heart-warming adventure together.

Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Hachette Australia, Imprint: Hodder & Stoughton, 29th September 2020 

RRP: $32.99 at

50 cool-girl quirks that prove there's nothing crazy about loving cats

by Alison Davies

Enigmatic, alluring and almost always quirky, cats and the ladies that love them share much in common. 

As individual as their feline counterparts, crazy cat women exude charm and, while they have their eccentricities, they refuse to hide them. Instead, they take centre stage and celebrate what makes them unique; the bond between femme fatale and feline furry.

While some sneer at the general adoration cat ladies dish out to their beloved puss (along with the finest fresh salmon) those of us in the know understand that what we give out, we get back in so many delightful ways. Yes, cat ladies go the extra mile when it comes to anything feline related. It’s all part of the fun.

So here’s to all you feline loving ladies! This book is a celebration of your pawsomeness. And if you’re on the fence when it comes to embracing your inner cat craziness, but recognise some of the 50 traits outlined in these pages, don’t be shy. Come join the party – it really is where all the cool cats hang out.

Hardcover, 112 pages
Publisher: Quadrille Publishing Ltd, 6th October 2020

Price: $13.25 from

Adult Colouring Book

by Marjorie Sarnat

Have yourself a meowy Christmas with 31 purr-fectly playful holiday illustrations. 

From felines frolicking on a stack of gifts and riding a toboggan to kittens cuddling a teddy bear friend and decorating cookies, it's a book filled with festive images for everyone who loves this very special season ― and cats! Pages are perforated and printed on one side only for easy removal and display. 

Specially designed for experienced colourists, Christmas Cats and other Creative Haven® adult colouring books offer an escape to a world of inspiration and artistic fulfilment. Each title is also an effective and fun-filled way to relax and reduce stress.

Paperback, 64 pages
Publisher: Dover, 12th August 2020

Price: $10.75 at


by Alison Ritchie, illustrated by Marisa Morea 

Join these twelve mischievous moggies as they get ready for Christmas Day!

It’s Christmas and the cheeky cats
are counting down the days.
There’s so much festive fun to have,
in so many different ways!

Whether they’re climbing up the Christmas tree, singing carols or waiting up for Santa’s sleigh, the twelve cats of Christmas are as naughty as they are adorable. Children will love reading this joyful rhyme aloud and counting all the cute cats on each page.

Paperback, 32 pages
Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK, 18th November 2020
For Ages: 3+ years old

Price: $13.50 at

A Children's Book About Scientific Education

by Charlotte Dane

The Discover Cats love to explore everywhere they can get their paws on. Learning is the best! 

This time, they head to outer space to learn about earth, the solar system, the sun, and the moon. Packed with plenty of scientific facts, this book will delight, entertain, and educate.

A highly accessible and simplified way to show kids the wonders of science and space exploration! They'll learn:

The concept of gravity, light speed, and even about the moon's creation.
The earth, the galaxy, and the universe.
Just how big everything in the night sky is!

Original, engaging, humorous, and re-readable.

Jimmy Nightingale possesses a unique understanding of child psychology, which allows him to write tales that are both educational and captivating for children.

The Discover Cats Children's Book Series is aimed at educating children and inspiring a love of science. Jimmy combines adorable and charming characters with wit and humour that even adults will enjoy.

Paperback, 38 pages (also available as Hardcover & Kindle)
Published: 16th October 2020 
For Ages: 3-11 years old

Price: $27.15 (with free shipping) from

70 Activities Including Colouring, Dot-to-dots & Spot the Difference
by Valerie Deneen

Does your child love cats, cats, and more cats? Well, this is the right activity book for any kid aged 4 to 8! 

Cute Cats Activity Book for Kids is packed with playful pictures you can colour and awesome activities you can do after school, on family road trips, or hanging out at home. 

Featuring a wide variety of incredible puzzles, mazes, dot-to-dots, and more, this cat-centric activity book is filled with tons of fascinating facts and colourful images. Stay engaged and entertained for hours by exploring the wonderful world of cats!

The high-quality, full-colour artwork will surprise and delight all young cat lovers.

Paperback, 82 pages
Publisher: Rockridge Press, 25th August 2020
For Ages: 4 - 8 years old

RRP: $20.95 at

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