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A Cat Called Birmingham

3.9 of 5 stars 3.90  ·  rating details  ·  79 ratings  ·  15 reviews
In the long history of mankind's relationship with felines, one cat stands head and shoulders below the rest. Highly inflammable, the glass-jawed Birmingham lurches from one catastrophe to the next. Through encounters with washing machine spin cycles to his lovelorn pursuit of the aggressively uninterested Sammy, Chris Pascoe's hilarious book paints an intimate portrait of ...more
Paperback, 182 pages
Published September 12th 2005 by Hodder & Stoughton (first published November 8th 2004)
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A man and his embarrassing cat. Whatever you do don't read this book in a public place or in bed where a partner is trying to read, or sleep. You'll be laughing out loud so much that they'll either send the men in white coats to cart you away to the nearest loony bin or your partner will smother you with a pillow.
One of the funniest books that I have ever read...

Hysterically funny!!! I was laughing so hard that I could not read!!!!

Why is it that other people get cross when you are reading and laughing so hard??? or prehaps it is just my grumpy Husband LOL!!!!
Slightly frustrating book, hence my middling rating. When it hits the spot it is hilarious, often painfully so. But then there are other times when the author either rambles off onto another subject altogether (not the central cat Birmingham), or goes down too fanciful a route (last chapter I'm thinking of you). So not consistent enough for a higher rating.
The two books by Chris Pascoe about his cat Brum are the funniest books that I ever read, and the only books that I have re-read repeatedly.
When I saw this book, I thought it would be prefect for me. I love cats, and a humorous book about a clumsy cat sounds right up my furball lovin' alley. The only trouble is, it's not really funny. There's jokes aplenty, but they all read like someone struggling to be funny while discussing something that "you had to be there" to appreciate.

There's not much else to say. The writing is fine. The illustrations are cute. But not one anecdote in the book got anything more than a faint smile out of me
One of the funniest books I've ever read... Read this aboard a flight and got many stares and funny looks!
One of the funniest books I have read in a long, long time
Dimitris Hall
This was a book I bought through a 3-for-£5 deal when I was in Dundee last year. It was a £1.6666 very well spent indeed.

Anyone who might have ever owned, lived with or generally loved cats will see so much truth in this little memoire. The very notion that individual animals of certain species possess varying personality traits is something we don't really acknowledge. We might say "this cat is lazy" or " How often haven't we all generalised when talking about "vengeful, selfish" cats or "trust
Rae Harris
I too loved this book! Do not read it in a public place, such as on the bus to work! I did and highly embarrassed myself every day from laughing so much I cried! I do agree with the other critic who said it wasn't consistent enough though and I got a bit bored in places!
Alicia Wright
I just love this book. Quite apart from the antics of Birmingham (or Brum, as he is more usually called) a rather accident-prone tabby cat, the narrator himself never failed to make me laugh. A lovely lighthearted read. Cat lovers will love it partcularly.
Mr Puddy
I can do belly laugh for this one ! but seriously, I never met this kind of cat....Very silly ! but of course I do recommend this book !

Jan 30, 2010 Mark rated it 4 of 5 stars
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A really funny read - lots of humourous anecdotes of life with the cat and all his escapades - had me laughing out loud quite frequently
Hilarious, there were parts where I just couldn't stop laughing. Definitely a book I would read over and over again!
Tellement vrai ! En lisant ce livre, je voyais mon chat dans l'adaptation cinematographique !!!
Sue Brienza
Easy bedtime reading about a kamakazee cat
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