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Win 1 of 3 copies of The Zen of Cat by Carla Francis

Win 1 of 3 copies of 'The Zen of Cat' - An A–Z of Japanese feline philosophy by Carla Francis!

There's no doubt cats are a meaningful feature of Japanese life: from folklore to fashion, they've left a giant paw print on the culture. 

It's believed that felines first appeared in Japan with the arrival of Buddhism via China in around 552, when their main role was to stop vermin from damaging scriptures.

But what can we learn from these philosophical felines? Surely they can teach us a thing or two, through the wisdom gleaned over the centuries residing in ancient temples and co-existing with artists, courtesans, monks and writers.

The Zen of Cat is interwoven with stories and facts about cats, Japan and Zen philosophy. 

Carla Francis includes discussions with Japanese cat lovers, and invites reflection and 'mindful mewsings' on life through an A-Z of Japanese words to inspire. Cats are unburdened by worry. They maintain an enviable equilibrium. Maybe we too can find our purr-pose?

Shiro became famous on social media for his ability to fall asleep no matter when or where

Paperback: 272 pages 
Publisher: Imprint MacMillan Australia

RRP: $24.99 from all good book stores and online. Also available as eBook ($16.99). For more information and stockists, visit

About the author

Carla Francis is a writer whose work has been extensively featured across the UK and Australia, including on ABC and SBS radio, in the Daily Telegraph, Herald Sun, the Courier Mail, Dogs Life, Gold Coast Bulletin and CatWorld. She has also contributed to the Japan Times.

She is the author behind the 'Travelling with Pets on Australia's East Coast' guidebook (now in its 6th edition) and her memoir 'The Cat with Three Passports' published under the name CJ Fentiman.

*** Win 1 of 3 copies of 'The Zen of Cat' ***
Total Prize Pool: $75.00 

How to Enter:

1) Like our post (27/06/23) + our Facebook page and/or 
2) For your chance to win, "Share a photo of your furry little Zen master and the story of how they have led you on a path of enlightenment?" via the Australian Cat Lover Facebook page or @australiancatlovers on Instagram* (simply tag* us in your photo entry, your account must be set to public).

Terms and Conditions:

1. This Competition opened on Tuesday 27th June 2023 (4pm) and closeD on Sunday 9th July (11:59pm, A.E.S.T.). Open to Australian residents only. 
Congratulations to our winners this week: M. McCormack, C. Roberts & W. Aikman (via Facebook).
Please allow 2 weeks to receive your prize directly from the Publisher.
2. To Enter, Like our post (27/06/23) + "Share a photo of your furry little Zen master and the story of how they have led you on a path of enlightenment?" in the Comments via the Australian Cat Lover Facebook page or @australiancatlovers on Instagram.
3. This Promotion is a game of skill and chance plays no part in determining the winner.
The entries will be judged by the Australian Cat Lover team. The winning entries will be selected based on the most creative, informative or useful statement.
4. Entrants in the competition can only enter once.
5. Prizes not claimed within 48 hours will be redrawn.
* Entry into the competition is deemed acceptance of all terms and conditions.

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