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A Cat Called Norton: The True Story of an Extraordinary Cat and his Imperfect Human [Paperback]

Peter Gethers
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2 July 2009

Peter was a confirmed loner and cat hater, until he was given a small, grey (and impeccably handsome) kitten with folded ears by his then girlfriend. The girlfriend went but Norton stayed - in fact, he and Peter became inseparable.

Trotting along beside him down the street, having his own chair in restaurants or sitting on Peter's lap on plane journeys, Norton made his presence felt and Peter was a loner no more. But, after learning how to love his cat, would Peter now learn how to love another human too?

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Ebury Press (2 July 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0091933293
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091933296
  • Product Dimensions: 1.8 x 12.3 x 19.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 96,498 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Peter Gethers' trio of books about the globe-trotting Norton are witty and warm. We not only learn of Norton's sweet personality but also about the author's feelings about what really matters when it comes to love and cats" (Vicki Myron, author of DEWEY)

"A charming and heartening account" (Kirkus Reviews)

"Norton is clearly a charmer, and Gethers tells his story with contagious affection....Will warm the heart of any confirmed cat-lover" (Washington Post Book World)

"A delight. Norton, the cat, brings Gethers to some of life's great lessons ... He teaches Gethers the value of real commitments and the value of love" (Rita Mae and Sneaky Pie Brown Los Angeles Times Book Review)

"An entertaining romp that leaves no doubt that Mr Gethers and his cat have a most remarkable relationship" (New York Times Book Review)

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A charming and very funny cat memoir about a Scottish Fold kitten who teaches a loner and cat hater the nature of true love

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48 of 48 people found the following review helpful
i picked up this book at the airport before a 4hour flight to the canaries.... the stranger next to me on the plane had to put up with my giggles, outright guffaws, and tear wiping for the whole journey. after about 2hours she asked what i was reading, i showed her, and dont think she was a cat lover cos she couldnt understand how the book could be that funny... believe me, if you like animals (particularly cats) this is a 'must read'!!!! also helped me get over the loss to diabetes of my norwegian forest cat, fatty\homer, all 26lbs of him. he too was a legend, the only cat anyone ever knew who could sit quite happily by my side in a vets waiting room full of dogs and other critters, one time went nose-to-nose with a big golden retriever, even the dog gave him respect for his lack of fear.... all in all, an emotional journey, well written, about the relationship between a cat and his slave/owner... loved it, so did my girlfriend, and mum
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Nice cat, shame about the owner 9 Jan 2012
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This book is not well written, is full of repetition and is light-weight. But that's not the problem.

The author comes across as extremely full of himself and selfish. He constantly puts his own needs first, and not just where his cat is concerned. For example, there is a cameo of a woman on the ferry who coquettishly steals some of Peter's clams (she is flirting with him). He tells you in no uncertain terms how he showed her and showed her good. If he really did put her down in the way he says he did, rather than exaggerating for comedic effect (not that it's funny) or to somehow prove how cool he was and how stupid she was (not that he did prove that), then he's a cruel individual. Yes, I can see that someone nicking your clams would be irritating, but that doesn't give you license to make them feel like something you just stepped in. She was another human being, and she made an error of judgment, is all. He even makes the point that he "looked single" on that day - but not to excuse her, rather to point out to the reader how appealing he was to the opposite sex when his girlfriend wasn't with him.

There is another example he gives where he's at a conference with Norton who at some stage hides in the bushes and is perfectly happy according to Peter. But various staff get worried because Norton is "missing" for some time and the hotel is right next to a busy highway. Peter makes a point of not saying anything reassuring to the staff, rather he treats them with derision because of course they should realise that this cat who they don't know is perfectly OK. He watches them searching for Norton for ages and describes the scene to the reader in terms of, duh, aren't they stupid, and aren't I clever because I know Norton will be just fine.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fall In Love with Norton 8 July 2009
A very short book that tells the story of Norton, the Scottish Fold kitten that Peter Gether's girlfriend Cindy bought for him - despite the fact that he 'hates cats'.

It takes Norton around 15 minutes to make Peter fall in love with him - their relationship lasts far longer than Peter's relationship with Cindy - and the reader falls for Norton immediately too.

Norton is no ordinary cat, he accompanies Peter on walks into town, he sits at the table whilst he is eating out - he travels in aeroplanes and even goes skiing!

A very simply told story - with little emotion but quite a bit of humour. Peter Gethers is not the best writer, and sometimes I felt as though I'd like to know a little more about the whole relationship, rather than just about Norton's escapades.

In all though, a quick and warming read that I enjoyed.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Appalling - poor cat 5 Nov 2011
By kw
I totally agree with other one and two star reviewers. Taking a cat on a five hour plane ride without any sort of carrying box and no way for the cat to relieve itself is cruel. Taking a kitten away from its family and across America at 6 weeks and then allowing it to wonder about out of doors at that age is asking for trouble. The author was very lucky Norton didn't succumb to illness as he doesn't mention any sort of vaccinations. I think the author is pompous, arrogant and selfish. Everything was done for his benefit and not the cats. I too have only been able to read the first few chapters, because what I have read so far made me cringe.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Travelling Cat 1 Feb 2010
By Brooks
I read this book last night and was delighted with it, but then I am a confirmed cat lover, I have five of my own. This tiny wee Scottish Fold kitten bewitched his self-confessed cat-hating owner with one bright stare and a meouw. Cats can do that, one did it to my husband.

Norton reminded me of a 3 month old Persian kitten we had many years ago, he travelled 3000 miles by car with us from Cambria, California to Washington DC, and then flew to England. Like Norton, our Caruso was a fantastic traveller, he loved the car, the steam boat ride on the Mississippi, all his other adventures along the route and the attention from all the people he met along the way. Like Norton he was welcomed in all the hotels and motels we stayed in, only one turned us away, their loss! Also like Norton, who ran up a burlap covered wall, Caruso almost gave us a heart attack when he ran up a wall in one very expensive hotel in Las Vegas, he did no damage though. In Williamsburg he received a dinner of Lobster and Steak from the hotel receptionist, she didn't bring us any!

I really enjoyed this book, it demonstrates the intelligence and fantastic personality of a cat who has become a well loved family member, not just a window dressing. It also demonstrates that cats also have feelings and are capable of love, Norton worked his way into the hearts and affections of a number of people, and soon had them twisted around his little fat paws. To those who think "poor cat, fancy dragging it around like that" you are wrong. Cats have minds of their own, they wouldn't put up with it if they didn't enjoy it, they would leave and go look for another home. Norton obviously was a very happy little cat, and so was our Caruso.
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Published 1 month ago by ROBERT WHEELER
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I am on my 3rd, first book to be so very touching, we all loved it and HIM. Never thought it would be so good.
Published 2 months ago by silkienbeads
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful
Lovely book and beautifully written. Even as a non cat lover you would enjoy this book. I have read all of them. This was a gift purchased for someone
Published 9 months ago by Serendipity
5.0 out of 5 stars Such a lovely book
I absolutely loved this book (and the rest in the series)and just fell in love with Norton! A great book about the power of a cat over us humans! Highly recommend.
Published 9 months ago by Jen Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant
this book was absolutly brilliant and I tottaly enjoyed reading it, I have now passed it on to my freind who is of the same opinion
Published 10 months ago by tripod
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read
I enjoyed this story both about Norton and the story behind it.
A very unusual cat and his owner also
Published 10 months ago by Sheila Anne Walsh
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!
This book is about a very special cat. This was the first Norton book that I read and addicted me to the rest of the Norton books.
Published 11 months ago by Mrs H
5.0 out of 5 stars If you like cats, you'll love this book.
This book follows the adventures of Norton, a small scottish fold kitten (Scottish fold is a breed of cats where the ears are small and folded over). Read more
Published 13 months ago by amb
5.0 out of 5 stars A feel-great read!
I loved this book!

I had never heard of Scottish Folds until the penny dropped one day after watching several videos of Maru on Youtube. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Jazzy
1.0 out of 5 stars Really boring
I bought this book because I have a scottish fold myself and thought it would be interesting to read about another one.
Well, it isn't. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Julia
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