By Michael Korda
With attribute wit, self–effacing appeal and sheer, exuberant love of a superb cat tale, big apple instances bestselling writer Michael Korda and his spouse Margaret Korda recount their lives as "cat people," starting with Margaret's ardour for cats (and Michael's reluctant mid–life transformation right into a cat person), and introducing readers to a hilarious collection of individuals whose lifestyles revolves––often to a unprecedented degree––around their cat, or cats, from Cleopatra a transatlantic traveller who discovered happiness in Paris to Wally, the epitome of pussycat dignity.
listed here are those that simply cannot say no to a different cat, who "world–travel" with their cat, who construct their social lifestyles round their cats––and after all the cats themselves, for the Kordas have a good time the beguiling strength of cats, together with a lot of their very own, who've complemented, advanced and altered their lives jointly through the years. listed here are fascinating, usually hilarious and occasionally unhappy pix of such cats as Margaret's loved Irving, whose favourite home used to be the Beverly Wilshire inn, and Mumsie, who arrived unexpectedly on the door along with her kittens, and certain cats like Jake and the mild Chutney, in addition to "difficult" cats like Chui and bad Mrs. Bumble, and Mr. McT., the bully who came upon love overdue in existence. listed here are sleek cats and cats like Kit–Kat that by no means glance earlier than they bounce, in brief, numerous cats the reader won't ever disregard, even people with many cats in their own.
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Cat People by Michael Korda