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Paul Gallico
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Book Description

Mar 1964

From the author of “The Snow Goose”.

“I was aware, from the very beginning, that I was a most unusual cat…”

Thomasina is the beloved pet cat of 7-year-old Mary Ruadh, whose strict father is the town's vet. When Thomasina falls ill, her father sees no other option but to put the cat down. Heartbroken by his cruelty, Mary stops speaking to her father and falls dangerously ill herself.
Meanwhile, Thomasina is rescued by Lori, a young woman who lives alone in an isolated glen and is rumoured to be a witch with healing powers.
While Lori helps Thomasina recover from her ordeal, Mary's health continues to deteriorate and it is only when Thomasina makes her miraculous return, on a dark and stormy night, and is reunited with her owner that Mary is pulled from the brink of death.

--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd; New edition edition (Mar 1964)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140021515
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140021516
  • Product Dimensions: 17.6 x 11 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,198,866 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“This is a story that cats would love as much as I do!” Michael Morpurgo

Praise for ‘Jennie’:
“’Jennie’ makes you really and truly feel as if you’ve lived in the world of cats.” Vivian French

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About the Author

PAUL GALLICO (1897–1976) was born in New York City and studied at Columbia University. After serving in the First World War he became a journalist with the New York Daily News where he enjoyed particular acclaim for his sports writing. In 1936 Paul Gallico moved to Salcombe in South Devon where he became a full time writer, living in a house on a hill with his Great Dane and twenty-three cats. He became a notable war correspondent during the Second World War. Among Paul Gallico’s best known books are The Snow Goose (1941), a classic story of Dunkirk, and The Poseidon Adventure (1969), which was made into a very successful film. His magical stories about animals, particularly cats, are enduring favourites. These include Jennie (1950) and Thomasina (1957).

--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Original,charming,moving and brilliant 17 Mar 2007
By Snail
Thomasina by Paul Gallico is the story of Andrew McDhui,his 7 year old daughter Mary,her cat Thomasina(from which the book takes its title)who she dotes on and Lori the recluse who the town believe to be a witch.
Andrew is an embittered widower who hates his job as a vet and does not believe in God.When Thomasina has a slight leg injury he orders her to be destroyed much to Marys dismay.Thomasina then comes back to live as Bast Ra a cat goddess,or is she?Did she ever die in the first place?And what will become of the turbulent relationship between Mary and her father and Lori who is not a witch and who Andrew is in love with?
I could not put this book down once i started reading it.I started reading it friday evening and spent all saturday finishing it.It may seem as just a cat story but it is more than that.It is a love story,a story about faith in God,animal rights and what we need to be happy in life.It is a bit mushy in places but is still moving and has a happy fairytale ending.
Told in a clever blend of first and third person,Thomasina is an entertaining and original novel that can be taken on a number of levels
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful story for children and adults alike 2 July 2011
By B. Fox
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I have recently bought several copies of "Thomasina", one for myself and the other for friends and family. I had forgotten how brilliantly Paul Gallico writes and rediscovering his magic later in life has been a real eye opener. Not only does the story move at a engaging pace, but the quality of the written English is something you don't see too often in novels nowadays. The characters are so well defined you can picture them and their manerisms very clearly; the obnoxious and angry Mr. MacDhui, the sensitive and lonely Mary; the sweet natured clergyman and Thomasina herself. The Mad Witch Lori, who is northing of the sort, is sweetness defined and her relationship with all animals, especially those injured or sad, is entrancing. Having lived in Scotland in my childhood, and visited many times in later life, the evocative descriptions of the countryside and lochs revive many happy memories. I would recommend this book to all ages. One of the most beautiful novels I have ever read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thomasina 12 Jan 2013
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I bought this for a friend because I think it's such a wonderful book, even though it's a children's book. Written by the same writer who wrote The Poseidon Adventure but so different.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gallico 30 Nov 2012
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This was my favourite movie as a child and getting to read the story was a life-long ambition fulfilled. I read Jenny many years ago and I'm not surprised at Gallico's writing skill.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cats 12 Feb 2011
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Great story, from a cats point of view, about a cat reinacrnated from an EGYPTIAN GOD, ! anybody, who enjoys a great story, Paul Gallico, is your man. he wrote many books, but his most famous are Thomasina, Jenny, and the Snow Goose. read them all.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unputdownable! 6 Sep 2014
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I found this story about a little girl and her cat, and their relationship with her father, totally absorbing. It's hard to put down. You care about the characters, both human and feline. I love the style of writing and the expressive use of words. I've read one other book by this author, a long time ago, and I read 'Thomasina' on the strength of that and because I am a bit of a crazy cat woman. It more than lived up to my expectations. It might be going a bit too far to say you need a box of tissues - or it might not.
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A lovely story for cat lovers, adults and children alike. Exciting and sad in places with wonderful descriptive passages. A story to read again and again with interest kindled every time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars review 30 Mar 2014
By hope
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love paul gallico
bought for a relative who enjoyed it also. good to have on the book shelves at home
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