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Cat Pies - feline historical trivia. [Kindle Edition]

Grace Elliot
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Book Description

Cat Pies - feline historical trivia (non-fiction) by Grace Elliot.

Did the Victorian's really eat cat pies?
Who invented the cat flap?
Do black cats bring good or bad luck?
Why did Victorian veterinarians have such a bad reputation?
Is cat-gut really made from cats?
How did cats win a battle?

"Cat Pies" is a series of short essays which answers the above questions, as well as other matters of feline historical trivia!
Please note: There is a bonus cat-themed short story at the end but BE WARNED - this story may upset those of a sensitive disposition with its portrayal of the gritty world of Victorian London.

Also by Grace Elliot (fiction)
A Dead Man's Debt
Eulogy's Secret
Hope's Betrayal
Verity's Lie

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 136 KB
  • Print Length: 55 pages
  • Publisher: Grace Elliot (21 Dec. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #503,454 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author

Grace Elliot leads a double life as a veterinarian by day and author of historical romance by night. She is addicted to cats and is housekeeping staff to five magnificent moggies; Wallace, Gromit, Pilchard, Widget (pictured) and her daughter Noni.
Grace began writing as a release from an emotionally demanding job. Her debut novel 'A Dead Man's Debt' is a regency romance, a story of blackmail, duty and unexpected love.

To find out more about Grace visit her blog at:

'A Dead Man's Debt' by Grace Elliot.
Celeste Armitage has a plan...and that plan doesn't include marriage.
After deliberately humiliating a suitor, Celeste's despairing parents exile her to the country. But once there she discovers a sketch book of daring nude studies and is shaken to find the artist is her hostess's eldest son, Lord Ranulf Charing. This darkly cynical lord is exactly the sort of dissipated rogue she despises most...if only her blood didn't heat at the thought of him...
Nothing is as it seems. Lord Ranulf's life is a façade. Only he can save the Charing's from disgrace as a blackmailer seeks to ruin his late brother's reputation. But just as Ranulf dares to open his heart to Celeste, the fury of his nemesis is unleashed... facing him with the stark choice between true love and family duty. However when Celeste guesses the truth behind his rejection, Ranulf underestimates her resolve to clear his name and in so doing places the woman he loves in mortal danger....

[Celeste accidently finds Lord Ranulf's private sketchbook.]
On the next page a lithe figure rose out of darkness, arms raised as if to dance away. Candlelight played in soft shadows of her sinuous back. But more remarkable than the fluidity of her form was the intimacy of her look, glancing over her shoulder toward the artist with eyes brim full of lust.
Celeste forgot to breath, shaken by the undeniable realisation that these pictures were drawn by a man...and one intimately acquainted with women.
"Oh my." Fascinated, hand trembling, she was unable to turn away.
The next drawing was a naked woman reclining with her back toward the artist. The undulation of her waist, hip and thigh formed a landscape of their own; the rhythmic lines of her body lovingly rendered, observed as if the artist were caressing her form with his skill.
Celeste stays had become uncommonly tight. If her mother wished her to be more broad minded then surely such sketches were educational...besides, the artist's skill was admirable, to study his technique would help her own poor efforts.
Sucking her top lip, Celeste once again opened the sketchbook. Dipping back in, devouring the images greedily, this world of shapes and shadows, or deft strokes and bold smudges. With each new sketch her heart raced afresh until she became lost in the use of tone and assured line. But as she drank in each new image, the conviction grew and strengthened within her, that this was more than a few lewd pictures, but that she had glimpsed a world of freedom, a celebration of life denied to her as a woman.
Celeste was so engrossed that the unexpected sound of a man clearing his throat was as cold water thrown over her. She froze, then very slowly, praying that she'd imagined the cough, looked up to see leaning nonchalantly against the door a dark haired devil with a wavy mouth, assessing her as if she were his next meal.
Lean and athletic, in tight fitting breeches, a kerysmere waistcoat and faultless cravat, with the assured arrogance of a rake, he seemed an oddly familiar. Her heart skipped a beat. With the ghost of a smile, he crossed the room toward her. Reining in her galloping heart she struggled to recall how it was that this dangerous stranger seemed so familiar.
His masculine presence filled the room, quite robbing Celeste of breath; his arrogant, male magnificence calling to her body in an animal way. He filled her senses so much so that she forgot to breathe; throat constricted and chest tight. In her right mind she might have chastised him for staring, but as it was she was hypnotised, unable to see past the hollowed cheeks and wavy mouth. The rational part of her mind feared lest he guess the havoc his velvet brown eyes was having on her body but with stubborn determination she returned his gaze, refusing to be cowed. A delicious shiver tingled her skin. She knew this man. She just didn't know how.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply purrrrrrrfect 16 Jan. 2012
By Bookie TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Don't let puss get his/her paws on this. You'll be reported to the Cat Protection League!

This is a little gem of a book. It's packed to overflowing with facts and events involving cats. Fictional, historic it's all there. It's diverse, entertaining, informative. Puss won't approve of all the content (esp the cat dealers bits) but humans will, I'm sure learn something they didn't know.

An unexpected little cracker. Thank you.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun facts about Cats 10 Dec. 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Though this book can almost be considered a school textbook about cats and their place in society and the writer is after all a veterinarian, it contains funny and interesting parts, which make it a nice fast read. Some of the funny parts are the stories about cats mentioned in the book, like the fables with cats told centuries ago. Well researched and complete.

The book describes in depth the life of pet food sellers during the early part of the 1900's. It gives information about the meat they sell, the income they make and the character of these cat food sellers.

The book is very detailed and though cat and dog lovers would enjoy reading it. History buffs and people, who like trivia will love it too. Did you know there is a connection between cat meat sellers and Jack the Ripper?

The book discusses the nutritional value of the cat food and a funny part about famous cat owners. There is also information about why cats were important in Victorian England and Old Egypt. Some societies saw cats as evil and others saw them as divine.

The second part of the book is a sad, but funny story about a cat meat man and a few eventful days in his life.

All in all a very enjoyable book full of facts and fiction about cats.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Book Review: Cat Pies - Grace Elliot 2 May 2012
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Bring yourself to overlook the typos and enjoy some feline historical facts. I found this quite refreshing, something different. If you like cats and want to know some of these quirky snippets then give it a go. I particularly found the chapter on Victorian home remedies interesting, I didn't know canine and feline digestive systems were so different. There is no reason why they should be the same but nevertheless, it's amazing so many cats survived! It just reiterates how medicine in all specialities has come on and just as well!
There was a bonus story following the trivia, and what a twist the ending was - very sad and a bit unexpected although hinted at earlier on. A light, fun and enjoyable read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cat Pies - a feline-full surprise! 22 Dec. 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I contacted Grace directly via Kindle Boards because I'd seen her post about a new cat-related title and my interest was immediately piqued. Grace very kindly provided a review copy of her title - full of historical feline related trivia - and I had a quick look at the first few pages. Of course, I immediately fell hook line and sinker into the book and kept breaking off to read things to Mr B.

One of the things that has always intrigued me about cats is how many contradictory views there are of them. They have been revered and reviled, adored and abhored, loved and loathed for as long as we have had any sort of relationship with them. It is for those reasons that I find any volume that considers our relationship with cats very intriguing and Grace Elliot's title is no exception.

Sharing the secrets of the Cat Meat Man (which may or may not be as disturbing to you as it sounds - I'll save that mystery!) and covering a range of topics, Elliot's title offers a wonderful glimpse into cats through history. Full of trivia, literary and cultural references, anecdotes and quotations, this is a title that will appeal to trivia lovers and those with any interest in our feline friends.

An excellent addition to any library and a wonderful celebration of our furry friends. Or enemies. Whatever your view of cats, I defy you not to be fascinated by this volume and the things you'll learn about them.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Feast of Facts 29 Aug. 2012
By Scorpio
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Indeed a feast of fascinating facts. Some of which I knew and a lot that I didn't. With a heartbreaking silver tabby tale at the end.
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