best cat book ever!!!
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I just read Cats in the Belfry based on your recommendations. It was delightful!
The first episode in volume 10 is replicated in my living room every morning at around 3:00 am.
Clears up all sorts of mysteries with very compelling thought experiments, easily verified in your own household.
(I have The Silent Miaow and Making Rounds with Oscar on Mt. TBR right now. Gotta get them read!)
"Minoes" from Annie M.G. Smith is also a funny book. It's a book for children, but still nice for grown ups.
Rare call in but I couldn't read this without mentioning The Derek Tangye Minack Chronicles, as it would be very sad if they weren't recorded here, for cat lovers to find.
Really gentle, lovely couple who leave careers, I think Derek was MI5 in WW2 and Jeannie was publicity officer with The Savoy, mixing with all the VIPs. They married and ran off to run a flower/spud farm in Cornwall, with very few basic facilities.
Derek came from a well off family, very traditional, dog people. Not even cat likers... Derek was quite convinced he was allergic to cats. Jeannie had a cat, a big ginger. Derek asked where he was going when they married. Lesson 1 for Derek.
Slowly, Derek loses his heart. I think there are more than 20 books to read. Derek is heartbroken when the first cat dies, but was under the impression that it would be the last cat Jeannie would have, because he still wasn't a cat liker. Just had met the most special cat in the world.
Lesson 2 for Derek.
The years go by, cats come and enchant, and die and new ones come. Always either ginger or black, but always by chance. They take in a needy donkey and end up with mother and son donkey, who accompany them on walks, on the cliffs, by choice, loose. They share their lives with a drake and a gull and girls who come to help with the flowers, etc. One cat arrival still makes me weep, every time I tell the story, despite it being at least 30 years since I last read that actual title, despite telling at least 2 people a year about the books. Now, aware I will probably share that story with a cat lover, I anxiously search for tissues, before I begin...
Very gentle records of years passing, of cats who enchant. Of deaths that tear out your heart..
They had no children and Minack can be visited. Derek's family run the trust. Minack is kept safe for the wildlife. His nephew is a handsome, muscled policeman in a neighbouring county and said it had been decades since anyone had asked him if he was related to Derek.
Jeannie wrote an autobiography and Derek's first book rather sums up his niceness. All around him in WW2, famous people dying were filling the papers and he decided to edit a book where people he knew wrote a chapter on some nobody who died, who was important to them and deserved people to know about them.and mourn them. I think he wrote one himself.
It is entitled WENT THE DAY WELL... from the quotation
There is a website and you can get the order of books to read. Possibly they might sell titles. He was very well known, but most of his readers are now WELL over 60. I think you will get it if you just type in Minack or Derek and Jeannie Tangye.
Mostly, you will find them in dusty 2nd hand bookshops. I think he has been dead for a good 30 years. I do find tho', that if I think something happened 5 years ago, people laugh and say, You mean 10 or 12 years ago..." So apologies for probably far off estimations.
I love the Doreen Tovey books as well. I can't get access to my cat books, which might have more older authors to chase, at present.
Paul.Gallico cat books are lovely. But like The Snow Goose, he has made me spend so much on tissues.