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Stray [Paperback]

A. N. Wilson
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
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7 Nov 2013
Pufftail the tabby cat was a prince among strays. He was charming, adventurous, a gentleman of the road - not for him a life purring around the shins of a Two Footer. Now that he's old and grey-whiskered, he can laze in the sun, telling the story of his life to his admiring young grandkitten. Not all his memories are happy though. He's been thrown out of a moving car, been experimented on in a science lab and joined the violent Cat Brotherhood. Some Two Footers have been kind to him, but he'd rather be free. And he can't understand humans at all. Why do they live in giant cages? Why do they put smoking chimneys in their mouths? And why do they want their own animals? Clever, moving, imaginative and funny, this is both a wonderful adventure story, and a sly look at humans through the eyes of a cat.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Atlantic Books (7 Nov 2013)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 0857890743
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857890740
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 13 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 531,516 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

A.N. Wilson was born in 1950 and educated at Rugby and New College, Oxford. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, he holds a prominent position in the world of literature and journalism. He is an award-winning biographer and a celebrated novelist, winning prizes for much of his work. He lives in North London.

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"A classic... Funny, moving and exciting." The Literary Review; "In his delightful Stray A. N. Wilson takes us through the cat-flap and into the feline world of Pufftail, an old tabby who's been around... A must for moggy maniacs." The Daily Mail; "A clever, moving, imaginative book for cat-lovers of any age." The Daily Telegraph; "A cat of literary distinction." The Observer; "An excellent book... for the whole family." The Spectator --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

A. N. Wilson is a distinguished novelist, biographer, critic and Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. He has won several prestigious awards, including the John Llewellyn Rhys Memorial Prize (for The Sweets of Pimlico and The Laird of Abbotsford), the 1981 Somerset Maugham Award (for The Healing Art) and the 1988 Whitbread Award (for the biography Tolstoy). He has also written a volume of guinea-pig stories called Hazel, and a tale of an escaped hamster, Furball and the Mokes.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! 3 Mar 2006
Format:Paperback
I found this book incredibly touching. Lots of books have been written from the point of view of animals, but none are quite so amazing. Open this book and you are whisked into the world of Pufftail, an old cat telling the story of his life to his grandson. You travel through a testing labatory where he sees terrible, gruesome things, through living in a gang of cats, from finding a mate and having kittens and then having the only thing you care about in the world whisked away. Stray is absolutely amazing. Everyone will enjoy this touching tale of a cat and his world
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stray is a fantasticly contrived biography 30 Mar 2002
Format:Paperback
A.N wilson has got this novel spot on. It is hard hitting emotional and utterly convincing novel. A must read for everbody. This book takes you to into the world of Pufftail, and does not miss out on any of the grity bits! It is a biography and portrays a cats life in a new and enlightening way. I think this book is one of my all time favourites and will definately become a classic.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best book I have ever read! 16 Sep 2000
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Purrfect! This is the only word i can use to describe this most unusual novel. Written through the eyes of a tom-cat called Pufftail, one is shown the trials and tribulations of a cat's life. From extreme happiness to extreme pain...Pufftail has experienced it all. The best book ever in my opinion...A must for all cat lovers!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best Book ever! 1 Nov 2000
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Format:Paperback
This is the best book I have ever read . It is funny and heart wrenching and is about the life of Pufftail . I wouldn't recommend it to anyone below the age of 10 because sometimes it is quite sad but I don't think you have to love cats to enjoy this book .
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is great for all cat lovers 11 Jun 2000
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Format:Paperback
I picked up this book whilst at my cousins house. It is about life through a cat's eyes, and full of many different experiences that a cat goes through.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant . Full of emotion 6 Feb 2000
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Format:Paperback
If you love cats you will like "the stray" It is full of lots of different emotions and gives a good idea of a cat's life.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favourite books 4 Mar 2006
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This is a really good book to read and it's very cleverly written. The book is full of emotion and feeling and really makes you feel a lot of empathy for the main character. It's written in the point of view of a cat who is telling his grandson his life story. It is a funny, sad and very touching book. A lot of people, I think, would enjoy reading this book no matter how old they are. So if you decide to buy this book, you will not regret it!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant and definatley not just for kids! 6 Feb 2002
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Ive not read this book for a long time, yet it has stuck in my memory.its definately not a young kids books as it really is heart rendering!Shows a realistic view to the thinking of our feline friends and also demonstrates what a cruel world we live in with little respect to our smaller friends.I'd recommend this book to anybody!
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