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The Good, The Bad and The Furry: Life with the World's Most Melancholy Cat and Other Whiskery Friends [Paperback]

Tom Cox
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
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Book Description

10 Oct 2013

Meet THE BEAR - a cat who carries the weight of the world on his furry shoulders, and whose wise, owl-like eyes seem to ask, Can you tell me why I am a cat, please?

Like many intellectuals, The Bear would prefer a life of quiet solitude with plenty of time to gaze forlornly into space and contemplate society's ills. Unfortunately he is destined to spend his days surrounded by felines of a significantly lower IQ . . .

RALPH: handsome, self-satisfied tabby, terrified of the clothes horse.

SHIPLEY: mouthy hooligan and champion mouser, rendered insensible by being turned upside-down.

ROSCOE: fiercely independent kitten, tormented by her doppelganger in the mirror.

And then there's Tom, writing with his usual wit and charm about the unexpected adventures that go hand in hand with a life at the beck and call of four cats . . . or three cats and a sensitive poet who just happens to be a foot high and covered in fur.


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Product details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere (10 Oct 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0751552399
  • ISBN-13: 978-0751552393
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.6 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,740 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Tom Cox was born in Nottingham in 1975. Since leaving his post as The Guardian's Pop Critic in 2000, he has written seven books, including the Sunday Times top ten bestseller The Good, The Bad And The Furry. His writing has appeared in The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph, The Sunday Times, The Observer, Esquire, and many other publications. He lives in Devon.

Tom Cox is a very funny writer.' - Kate Atkinson

'Made me laugh out loud.' - David Sedaris

'Tom Cox writes brilliantly about golf.' William Boyd


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This book is very, very funny and Tom writes beautifully (Independent 2013-09-30)

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The Sunday Times Bestseller: A heartwarming memoir about a man at the mercy of his unpredictable, demanding and endlessly lovable cats.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Such a great book, and not just for cat lovers. 15 Oct 2013
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Incredibly funny, wistful and emotional, Tom Cox's third book about his relationship with his cats more than lives up to the previous two. It's written beautifully, you feel very much a part of the story and - like all other great books - feel a bit bereft when it's over. As well as updates on the feline members of his household, and Tom himself of course, we also hear more about his really very funny parents, the other animals that inhabit his thoughts, and the wonderfully vibrant characters he meets on the way (or who happen to just knock on his door anyway). If you're in two minds about buying this book, don't be. It's great.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Bear steals the show yet again! 13 Oct 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I have been eagerly anticipating the next installment from the witty Tom Cox and it was even better than I could have hoped for. It was heartwarming and beautifully written with the same mix of cat stories and one upmanship from Tom's dad, the toad was brilliant!
Another fantastic read and The Bear continues to be the real star of the book.
Good to read a happy book with a though provoking ending.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book should come with a health warning!! 18 Oct 2013
Format:Paperback
Fantastic book, recently read 'Under the Paw' so had high expectations. Tom Cox didn't disappoint with his collection of laugh out loud, sad and sometimes quite bizarre tales of The Bear and gang. Unfortunately did choke on a biscuit whilst reading the book (due to laughing my head off) so I would advise the you don't accompany this book with small snacks :)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Purrfect 12 Oct 2013
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This is a brillant book. For those who have only followed The Bear on Twitter (@MYSADCAT)it's a facinating insight into the Cox cat-hold. For those who have already read about Ralph, Shipley, Janet & The Bear the story continues apace..
Tom Cox has produced a rollercoaster of a story that is finely crafted and endlessly amusing. It's the first book I've had to read in two minute snatches as I keep putting it down to laugh :D
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars None 15 Oct 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Excellent book that is a follow on from Under the Paw and Talk to the Tail. Beautifully written with a very funny writing style. You learn more about Tom`s cats including new addition "I`m so very busy" Roscoe. Strongly recommended read!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Liking cats does not equal Crazy Cat Lady! 17 Oct 2013
By Linners
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I loved this book. There were parts that made me cry, parts that made me cackle, parts that made me nod in sage agreement and parts that consoled. Thank you Tom Cox!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Follow The Bear 15 Oct 2013
By bookowl
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Another lovely cat-filled book from Tom Cox, and this is the best yet! Only received it yesterday, but couldn't put it down and finished it this morning. Beautifully written, and featuring a cast of gorgeous cats-with-character led by The Bear, I loved it!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well-written and funny true story 25 Oct 2013
Format:Paperback
The thing I like about Tom Cox's cat books is that as he is a former journalist and professional writer, his books are well written in that chatty magazine article sort of way.

Most cat books are not - the sheer numbers of badly-written sentimental sob story cat books is appalling. Tom Cox (who needs no ghost writer as others do) writes well and knows not to vomit schmaltz in the face of the reader or to knit some awful pity party to roll around in (SO MANY cat books do this, as if their purpose is to make an overemotional and feeble readership cry).

There are some great kids books and adult fiction too, the best of which recently IMHO is A Cat Called Dog.

But this is my favourite author of non-fiction about cats - with tales which are funny and touching. Perfect easy reading for a bit of indulgent cat fun and games.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars The Bear and his fellow cats are running Tom's life...
Tom Cox does not approach cat ownership with any delusions! This book is sad and funny in equal measure. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Jane
5.0 out of 5 stars great read for cat-lovers
Am really enjoying Tom Cox's writing style and the exploits of his feline companions. The photos are an added bonus
Published 11 days ago by Emma B
5.0 out of 5 stars Tom Cox has matured in his writing
I really enjoyed this book. I have read Tom Cox before and whilst the books were always OK this, for me, is his best. It is funny, sad, and almost philosophical in places. Read more
Published 12 days ago by Mrs. Heather P. Wyatt
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 stars for the cover picture alone
Loved this book, third in Tom's cat trilogy. Bring on more of The Bear, please - he's an absolute pet.
Published 13 days ago by R E A MEIKLE
5.0 out of 5 stars loved it
have read all the previous and loved them all this was even better keep on writing and I wiil keep on buying
Published 18 days ago by radar01
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!
I love Tom Cox's true life stories about his cats. They have such different and distinct personalities and he writes about them in a very amusing way - well, strictly speaking, I... Read more
Published 20 days ago by Cari Percy
5.0 out of 5 stars very nice book, especially foor cat lovers!
the book met all my expectations, so why worry. cat lovers must read this anyway they will love it,so don't hesitate, buy.
Published 21 days ago by j.h.copius peereboom
5.0 out of 5 stars Ahhh, The Bear!
How can one not love the Bear's adorable face - he has an expression that would melt the hardest heart and it's lovely to read of his antics, along with Ralph, et al. Read more
Published 24 days ago by J. Hallam
5.0 out of 5 stars Love!
I ordered this one, then realised its actually the third!
So, I have put on hold reading it and hoping that the other two come tomorrow . . . Read more
Published 24 days ago by Lhanna F.
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank you
Brilliant christmas present and a brilliant book, I'd recommend all of Tom Cox's books, they're really funny! Thanks for the great price
Published 1 month ago by Jess
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