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Cat Lovers Book Club - April 2022

With the Easter school holidays just around the corner and temperatures dipping, it's time to stock up on some good reads!
After a long hiatus our monthly Cat Lovers Book Club selection is back with our top picks of inspirational and educational book releases for cat lovers of all ages.

by Eva Nour

An unforgettable debut novel, inspired by the true story of one boy's extraordinary life in Syria. For fans of The Kite Runner, The Beekeeper of Aleppo, The Pianist of Yarmouk and The Tattooist of Auschwitz.
'A cat has seven souls in Arabic. In English cats have nine lives. You probably have both nine lives and seven souls, because otherwise I don't know how you've made it this far.'
Sami's childhood is much like any other - an innocent blend of family and school, of friends and relations and pets (including stray cats and dogs, and the turtle he keeps on the roof).

But growing up in one of the largest cities in Syria, with his country at war with itself, means that nothing is really normal. And Sami's hopes for a better future are ripped away when he is conscripted into the military and forced to train as a map maker.

Sami may be shielded from the worst horrors of the war, but it will still be impossible to avoid his own nightmare.

Inspired by extraordinary true events, The Stray Cats of Homs is the story of a young man who will do anything to keep the dream of home alive, even in the face of unimaginable devastation. 

Tender, wild and raw, it is a novel which will stay with you for ever.

Paperback. 384 pages
Publisher: Penguin Books
Imprint: Black Swan14 December 2021

RRP: $22.99 from all good bookstores and online at

by David St John ThomasGareth St John Thomas

Cats Work Like This
was started by David St John Thomas in his 80th year and has been finished by his son Gareth. 

It gives a rare insight into the workings of cats’ elusive minds, gleaned from the authors’ two generations of watching their cats work. 

Learn about political and ‘eco’ cats, what cats do while you sleep, and what a cat’s eyes can tell you. Focusing on attention, emotion, manipulation and cunning, it explores both the scientific nature and daily habits of these puzzling creatures.

Hardcover, 176 pages
Publisher: Exisle Publishing6th April 2022

RRP: $34.99 from

For a chance to win 1 of 4 copies of 'Cats work like this', enter our competition by 14/04/22.

How Our Feline Friends Teach Us to Live from the Heart

by Tamara Schenk
"Life often offers miracles; you just have to see them and take action."- Max
Sometimes life calls upon us to take matters into our own paws.

Soul Cats
carries with it a very special and personal mission. The dying wish of "soul cat" Max was for his human guardian to write this very book, as he passed away just a few short weeks after.

Within the pages lies a story overflowing with deep love between Max, Flix, Howy, and their human guardians. Together, their love is the prevailing force that sees them through times of significant challenges.

Our animal-human relationships exist on a plane of consciousness that transcends that of our relationships between other humans. Soul Cats puts the reader in the perfect centre of our animal-human relationship, engaging in a journey about communication, true connection, distress and the light that gets us all through it.

We all come with our own mental and physical baggage, something that older cats from the animal shelter share in common with us. Soul Cats explores the symbiotic healing power of cats and their humans caring for one another until they one day cross the rainbow bridge on their own terms.

Soul Cats is teeming with stories-following the alpha cat Max, cerebral thinker Flix, and the ever-bright Howy. The cats and their human guardians experience situations laced with joy and emotion, but also those of profound and sobering reality.

At its core, Soul Cats makes an indisputable case for how conventional medicine, natural healing methods, and energy clearing work can create a powerful trinity of relief and deep meaning in our lives.

The experience of reading Soul Cats is one that touches the soul of the reader. It's a beautiful story that weaves together courage, deep care, and shows the power that a legacy of love can produce.
"Let love and joy be your guiding principles."- Howy
Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Made For Success11th January 2022

Price: $31.90 from

by A.L. Marlow

Set amidst the chaos of the worst pandemic in history, the Black Death of the 14th century, Cats in the City of Plague tells the tale of a group of cats who are unfairly blamed for the plague.

The main character, Leander, and his fellow cats cannot understand why people they have trusted have turned against them. But they realize that their only hope of survival is to escape from the French city that has long been their home and return to the forests where, cat legend has it, their kind originally lived.

While evading the humans who seek to destroy them, the cats embark on what Booklife calls "a tense and dramatic journey through the city, powered by the danger and sacrifice inherent in tales of epic quests."

Racing over rooftops, hiding in the cathedral's crypt, can they make it out of the city before dawn reveals them? And if they do make it, can these city cats learn to live in the wild?

The setting of a great pandemic will resonate with modern readers, but it's the flight of these intrepid cats that makes Cats in the City of Plague an unforgettable story.

Paperback. 138 pages
Publisher: AuthorHouse, 3rd November 2021

Price: $22.50 from

A book of happiness for cat lovers

by Anouska Jones (Editor)

Now available in hardback and paperback , gorgeous photography and memorable quotes create the ultimate gift book for cat lovers.

No cat lover can imagine life without a feline presence. 

Part of the Animal Happiness series, Meow: A book of happiness for cat lovers is a compendium of delightful quotes that capture the essence of this fascination. 

Some are by famous people (Mark Twain, Jean Cocteau, Ernest Hemingway) and others are philosophical, or light-hearted — all are memorable. 

Accompanied by beautiful and heart-warming photography, and now reissued in a high-quality paper gift format, this is a collection to truly treasure. 

Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: Exisle Publishing, 4th edition, 
6th April 2022

RRP: $14.99 from


by Nadia Mikail

Seventeen-year-old Aisha hasn't seen her sister June for two years. And now that a calamity is about to end the world in nine months' time, she and her mother decide that it's time to track her down and mend the hurts of the past. 

Along with Aisha's Chinese boyfriend, Walter and his parents (and Fleabag the stray cat), the group take a road trip through Malaysia in a wildly decorated camper van – to put the past to rest, to come to terms with the present, and to hope for the future.

Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Guppy Publishing Ltd
3rd February 2022
For Ages: 12 - 18 years old

RRP: $19.95 at

Book #3 of A Cat’s Tale
by Calypso the Cat, with help from Debra Palmen and Judy K.

Brad le Chat is the greatest art thief in all of France.

When he tries to rob Tallulah's house there's only one thing she can do to protect herself.

She must become a Ninja. Really? That's the only thing she can do? Every cat is a natural-born Ninja.
Ninjas are not afraid. Ninjas have inner peace. Ninjas have Zen. But can Calypso help Tallulah find Zen and become a Ninja?

Calypso is a sweet, bossy, clever little cat who lives with Tallulah in 1920s Art Deco Paris. She knows all the Important Cat Rules off by heart and has an answer for everything.

Tallulah travels around the world having adventures and Calypso goes too, to keep an eye on her. She helps Tallulah to be brave and fierce and independent.

Calypso's stories are about facing your fears, overcoming obstacles with a sense of humour and not being afraid to do things your way.

Young or old, anyone who knows and loves cats will recognise their own furry friend in Calypso's attitudes and behaviour.

Hardcover, 48 pages
Publisher: Continuum Publishing, 22 January 2022
For Ages: 1-8 years old

RRP: $37.67 from

by Florence Minor, illustrated by Wendell Minor

Snuggly, fun, bouncy, and playful--who isn't smitten with kittens? A simple, rhyming story perfect for kitty loving kiddos everywhere!

Get smitten with kittens in this rhyming picture book perfect for read-alouds. There's so much to love about kittens--from their cute little mews to their unstoppable mischief-making! 

Turn to the back of the book for fascinating facts about cat behaviour and care.

Hardcover, 32 pages
Publisher: Penguin Books Australia, Imprint: Charlesbridge Children, 22nd March 2022
For Ages: 3 - 7 years old

RRP: $32.99 from all good bookstores and online at

by Axel Scheffler

Cats are sleek, and cats are slick. They read, and do arithmetic! Have you ever seen a cat playing a piano? Or taking a bubble bath with a rubber duck? Find out what cats really get up to when people aren't around! 

Axel Scheffler's charming and witty illustrations introduce all kinds of cats – making mischief, playing games, singing songs and out on adventures. 

This collection of hilarious, quirky poems by Frantz Wittkamp are wonderfully adapted from German to English for the very first time by celebrated children's author David Henry Wilson.

With 14 delightfully funny short poems, and full-page colour illustrations by the bestselling illustrator of The Gruffalo, Room on the Broom, Zog and many more, this collection is sure to entertain children young and old, and is the perfect gift for any cat fan.

Paperback, 32 pages
Macmillan Children's Books, 31st March 2022

RRP: $16.99 from

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