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Close Encounters of the Furred Kind Paperback – 8 Oct 2015
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The latest installment of hilarious moggy mischief from Tom Cox and his four cats: The Bear, Ralph, Shipley and Roscoe.
About the Author
Tom Cox is the author of several bestselling books, including three previous memoirs about his adventures in cat ownership: Under the Paw, Talk to the Tail and the Sunday Times bestseller, The Good, The Bad and The Furry. He is on Twitter at @cox_tom and @MYSADCAT and blogs at www.tomcoxblog.blogspot.co.uk
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For social media friendly, cat lovers Tom Cox and his wonderful cats are no strangers. But for those who care not to explore Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and other such sites Tom’s books allow you to enjoy his feline anecdotes. Refreshing too is how natural the portrayal of these cats is - a stark contrast to the distressing exploitation of the other ‘internet cat’, poor Tardar Sauce aka Grumpy Cat. How I wish I could spirit that poor cat up and give her a natural feline life. You never get such a feeling with Tom Cox and his cats - Ralph, Shipley, Roscoe and The Bear. You just know he loves them all and does all he can to offer them fulfilling lives.
And I think the one thing that comes across so solidly is that like all real cat lovers the wellbeing of Mr. Cox’s cats is paramount. and I doubt there’ll be a reader who won’t identify with so many of the situations in this book. The thrust of this book is the trauma that moving house and location poses for the cats and their owner but how ultimately they all are the better for it. Tom Cox understands cats, as much as anyone is allowed to understand a cat!! It shines through here and the sub text shows that his cats know that and respect him for it, as much as a cat respects anyone!!
I laughed and I cried in equal measure when I read this book and it enabled me to vicariously enjoy the company of cats which I suppose I prefer to humans. Sorry!! But there it is.
So if you are a cat lover you will enjoy this book. And if f you aren’t the reading of it might just ‘turn’ you!
Whizz received this as a birthday gift.
Whizz kindly reviewed this book for Breakaway Reviewers.
Perhaps home is the safest place to read this wonderful gem, as it WILL make you laugh out loud, grin to yourself like that loon on the bus which nobody wants to sit next to, and maybe even shed a tear in places. Tom Cox writes with unadulterated affection for not only his lovely cats, but for his parents and his friends, who, after finishing this book will feel like yours.
It is a book about cats, but then not really just about cats... It is about everyday life written with wit and observation and just happens to contain some cats...okay, lots of cats. But if cats aren't your thing, don't worry, just keep reading and they soon will be!
The characterisation is quite incredible, each cat is distinct and individual. Shipley the swearer, Ralph the rock God, Roscoe the pub going business woman, George the hippy ex stray and last but by no means least, The Bear, a mournful intellectual, pacifist poet trapped in the aging body of a cat. He can break your heart just by looking at you, and although you will develop a huge crush on Ralph you will fall irrevocably in love with The Bear.
It is also a love song to the natural spaces of Britain that still exist unmolested, particularly the author's now home of Devon and Dartmoor. Tom Cox's enthusiasm for nature shines through in this work. Be warned it will make you want to walk in green spaces, so buy some good boots and go for it!It may also give you the urge to listen to 70s stoner rock or folk music, just go with it.
Having read Tom Cox's previous books, Under The Paw, Talk To The Tail, and The Good The Bad and The Furry, I have to admit that I have waited with baited breath for this book to be published and I was not disappointed!! I could not put it down, it was as though it was glued to my hand just like my eyes were glued to its pages!!
Pick it up and read it... go on, you know you want to... :)
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