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A Cat Among the Pigeons Paperback – 28 Nov 1994

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Flamingo (28 Nov. 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0006548180
  • ISBN-13: 978-0006548188
  • Product Dimensions: 19.4 x 12.6 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 892,789 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ruminating on the exigencies of modern life in town and country, Alice Thomas Ellis weaves her way among the ever-present dramas of life, striking out at politically correct English, robins and reformers, revealing all to be not what they seem, empathizing with the canine condition and brooding over cat-ownership, undertaking an intrepid tour of the Holy Land, and desperately seeking a little common sense in the world.

With its colourful gallery of characters – family, friends, animals and others, and with Beryl Bainbridge upstairs and evangelists at the door – 'Cat Among the Pigeons' is a highly entertaining, often outspoken but always insightful collection from one of Britain’s best-loved journalists, taken from her weekly column in the 'Catholic Herald'.

“If there were such a thing as an Alice Thomas Ellis fan club I would be a paid up member.”
GILLIAN GREENWOOD, 'Literary Review'

“Her dry ironic style is as English as Jane Austen and as fortifying as a glass of vintage brandy.”
DAILY MAIL


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While I think £36 is a bit over the top for this paperback. It is certainly worth reading. For a late middle aged female this is a very good book and I was able to identify with most of the articles even though I am not Roman Catholic and not particulary C of E either. This was published in 1964 before the advent of New Labour but a lot of her comments would fit very well into the PC world that has followed the arrival of Saint Tony. It should be compulsive reading for politicians and anyone who would like to think they "know best" i.e experts. I read the whole book in one sitting and found myself laughing out loud and nodding with agreement.
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