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Chris Pascoe
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12 Sep 2005

In the long history of mankind's relationship with felines, one cat stands head and shoulders below the rest. Highly inflammable, the glass-jawed Birmingham lurches from one catastrophe to the next. Through encounters with washing machine spin cycles to his lovelorn pursuit of the aggressively uninterested Sammy, Chris Pascoe's hilarious book paints an intimate portrait of the author's calamitous relationship with a cat wholly unsuited to being feline.

Persistently molested by an irate sparrow, physically incapable of negotiating the intricacies of the cat-flap and with a near-fatal appreciation of the effects of gravity, Brum nevertheless remains steadfast in his subconscious pursuit of oblivion.

Worryingly, these stories are true. Will nine lives be enough?


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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (12 Sep 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340836075
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340836071
  • Product Dimensions: 19.2 x 12.6 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 322,072 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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An original comic voice - wry, assured, sometimes whimsical and sometimes surreal but throughout refreshingly uncynical . . . the best kind of humour (Julian Dutton, writer, Alistair MacGowan Show)

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Anyone who loves or knows cats will be able to relate to Chris Pascoe's hilarious and affectionate account of the hapless Birmingham's adventures. I literally cried with laughter. (Jo Rothery (Editor, Cat World Magazine))

P.G.Wodehouse had his pekes, A.A. Milne his teddy bear - Chris Pascoe has his cat. A CAT CALLED BIRMINGHAM is the debut of an original comic voice - wry, assured, sometimes whimsical and sometimes surreal but throughout refreshingly uncynical. As a result of reading his book, I have taken to laughing at cats in the street, much to the puzzlement of the owners.

We all know that the funniest bits of You've Been Framed are the animal slapstick - well, this book is all that and more besides: Pascoe relates the comic misadventures of his pet with unflagging energy and relish, underpinned with an affection that never becomes mawkish. He has the ability to fashion fine humour form the minutiae of everyday life - which is the best kind of humour. I have news for anyone who has laughed at the antics of an animal but not bothered to write it down. Someone has - Chris Pascoe.

(Julian Dutton, writer, Alistair MacGowan Show)

This eccentric memoir has very little to do with the West Midland's favourite conurbation. Instead, it's the rather charming story of Mr Pascoe's own pet, a madcap moggy who can't help but cause mayhem . . . (Birmingham Sunday Mercury)

This eccentric memoir has very little to do with the West Midland's favourite conurbation. Instead, it's the rather charming story of Mr Pascoe's own pet, a madcap moggy who can't help but cause mayhem . . . It belongs to that very traditional genre - old-fashioned romance. It's just that instead of the usual boy-meets-girl hokum, we have the love that dare not speak its name. The passion between a man and his cat (Birmingham Sunday Mercury)

Anyone who loves or knows cats will be able to relate to Chris Pascoe's hilarious and affectionate account of the hapless Birmingham's adventures. I literally cried with laughter. (Jo Rothery (Editor, Cat World Magazine))

I read this with tears of laughter rolling down my cheeks. (Eila Reid, Editor of My Weekly)

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The exploits of a hapless cat for whom nine lives are not nearly enough

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42 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So funny! 22 Jun 2005
Format:Hardcover
Birmingham made me laugh and laugh. I love cats and he is brilliant. Every chapter had me in stitches. Its so weird how I got this book - I was sitting on the beach in Portugal and a girl kept laughing out so loud. She read lots of funny lines out to her friend and she kept laughing too, and so did I! I ended up going over to ask what book she had and I thought I've got to read this. I bought it the day I got home and I'm so glad I did because it totally cheered me of my post holiday blues. So thanks girl on the beach for a very convincing review, and thanks Birmingham too you little loony!!
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76 of 77 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cat Called Birmingham 17 Jan 2005
Format:Hardcover
I don't often bother writing reviews for books but this one was funny, very funny, and I reckon it deserves one. I'd heard the author on the radio and he made me laugh, so when I saw the book in a shop the same day I glanced at it out of interest and started laughing straight away. I don't usually go for 'cat books' but this isn't exactly that. It's all about a cat yes, but it's more the series of crazy situations the cat gets himself and everyone else into. He's a near on useless cat, as clumsy and thick as two short planks, he can't even beat a sparrow in a one on one. But as the book progresses you get to really like him, as you do the people in this book. Pascoe is a witty writer. He relates each improbable episode so well that you start laughing well before 'the punchline' and even when you guess what's coming, you still laugh until it hurts. When a lot of the cat's maniac actions directly effect him (as in my favourite chapter when the pair of them wreck a whole room between them) Pascoe's resigned irony is hilarious. Each chapter contains a different story, all connected but running like a series of comedy episodes. I also found particularly amusing the three short fantasy scenario chapters, particularly one entitled crackpot theories which is a cleverly daft look at how a future evolved cat civilisation would work. The cat himself, Birmingham is remarkable. His falls, accidents, battles, fire and water antics and sheer bad luck make him one of the best comedy characters to emerge for quite some time. As mentioned, though, it's not all cat. Pascoe pokes a great deal of fun at his own escapades, and exceptionally funny here amongst others was a drunken brawl with a homicidal cat. Read more ›
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 18 Nov 2005
Format:Hardcover
This has to be the funniest book I have ever had the pleasure of reading. I had tears of laughter running down my face from start to finish at the antics of Birmingham, so much so that my husband thought I'd gone mad! I adore cats and Chris Pascoe describes Birmingham's "mishaps" so well. I can't wait for more!
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The most hilarious book I have ever read! 1 May 2007
By Rog
Format:Paperback
Not being familiar with Chris Pascoe at all, I decided to give this book a chance based on other reviews here. That was definitely the correct decision!

Being owned by two (Siamese) cats myself, I can relate to just about everything in this book! Sitting in the garden, laughing until my sides hurt and the tears ran down my face, I think the neighbours must have finally thought I'd completely lost it!

A brilliant read, especially if you are owned by cats. I'll not say anymore than that - buy it and enjoy it!
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not to be read in public... 5 Mar 2006
Format:Paperback
... as I discovered while trying to read this for the first time, on a train journey. I'm not usually one for laughing out loud but spent so much time laughing until I cried that I was getting some very funny looks from my fellow passengers. And I was in a quiet carriage, too! Attempts to read out the bits amusing me to my travelling companion failed because I was laughing too hard, and passing the book to her so that she could read it, merely doubled the effect with two of us with aching sides. Certain word pictures will remain forever in my mind, I suspect. In the end, I had to put it away and find something quiet to do. I tried to read my husband a few of the funny bits tonight and got the giggles again!
If laughter is the best medicine, this one's a pharmacy. If you are a cat person, buy it now! If you aren't, this may convert you. Bring on the next volume.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I laughed until I cried 4 May 2006
By Eve274
Format:Paperback
I really loved this book. In fact I laughed until I cried and my stomach muscles hurt from laughing. I once had a cat who was on the dim side of dopey, and I could picture Brum getting up to his antics. I think anyone who likes cats or wants a good laugh, or both, should read this. Great fun. A very, very funny book, and written in such a way that you just gallop through it wanting to see what Brum gets up to next.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars owner as mad as a cat 10 Nov 2004
Format:Hardcover
I was laughing from the start to the finish of this book whose worse the cat or the owner of the cat can't wait for more from this up and coming author good light read excellent stocking filler.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More please! 25 Nov 2004
Format:Hardcover
I can't remember chuckling over a book so much. It's funny and addictively amusing from start to finish, and the final chapter had me gasping for breath and tears of laughter rolling down my cheeks. I just hope there is a follow-up because I'm now totally in love with both cat and owner!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious
I've owned this book for several years. Have reread it several times. Each time crying tears of laughter. it and the sequel are the funniest books I have ever read! Read more
Published 2 months ago by bitemyapple
5.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointing
I was pleased to receive this book as a present. I had not heard of Chris Pascoe but now know that he has written 2 cat books. I am not inspired to read the other one. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Ann Adamson
5.0 out of 5 stars IF YOU LOVE CATS.....
This, and Chris Pascoe's other book about Birmingham, are lovely. Funny, hysterically so in most cases, well written and the pace doesn't give up. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Ms. Linda Stubbs
5.0 out of 5 stars Laugh out loud funny
Well worth a read. I've read this twice and loved reading about poor Birmingham's mishaps though I have to say I felt rather sorry for him and his owner.
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Very witty
Five stars for a great laugh out loud book for cat lovers. Will read Chris's next book and the rest.
Published 9 months ago by Mrs. A. W. Mcleman
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant read.
This is my first book by Chris Pascoe and I was not disappointed,it had me laughing out loud,not only by the antics of brum but the way in which they were written. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Ruby55
5.0 out of 5 stars BRUM
I subscribe to your cat magazine & have always enjoyed Chris column. I wasn't disappointed with this book. Poor Brum he is a walking disaster. Read more
Published 12 months ago by CB
5.0 out of 5 stars A lovely read!
I've actually been looking out for Chris Pascoe's next book after we loved his very different & amusing look at the English Civil War. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Wendywoman
2.0 out of 5 stars Big disappointment.
This book came highly recommended so I couldn't wait to start reading it. However I was dismayed to find it all about Chris' cat Brum falling over things, falling into ponds,... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Tulip
5.0 out of 5 stars hilariously accurate.
Well, i have to say this book was brilliant, i can't wait to read the next one. i literally couldn't stop laughing from beginnning to end it was hilarious and well written, you... Read more
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