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Cats' A. B. C

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  54 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
Meet "Four," "Five," and Oscar. "Four" is a champion purrer. "Five" invented the sport of beeing, surprising innocent bees with a bash worthy of a tennis pro. Oscar was adopted later in life after an "excessively Bohemian" upbringing and has a penchant for scratching the primrose yellow silk on the divan. The three share a home and garden with Beverley Nichols, who underst ...more
Hardcover, 132 pages
Published April 1st 2003 by Timber Press (OR)
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Jan 24, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
If you like cat anecdotes and behavioral observations, these are -- well, still not the most interesting. But okay, and decently written. He sometimes has quite good lines. Aside from the cat parts, I didn't really enjoy Nichols voice and found him affected and snobbish. I'm sure my IKEA furniture would prevent us being friends. (It does not appear to cross his mind that some people buy the modern furniture that he finds hideous rather than matched antiques due to financial constraints.)

Tiffany Reisz
Not enough stars in the world for a book about how great kitties are. It would be an insult to rate it. Cats are all the stars. ;)
Much too cute for my taste. Only finished this because it was 124 pages.

I suspect that Nichols would now consider me to be a non-F since I was not fond of his book. I consider myself to be an F until the cat in my life tells me otherwise.

I have to come back to this review and say a bit more about my reaction to this book. I try not to let an author's personal life affect how I see his or her writing. I understand that people can be excellent writers and I don't have to agree with their politic
Jun 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cats, illustrated, 2017, humour
I picked this and its sequel up for cheap several years ago from a secondhand bookstore that was going out of business, but it's taken me until now to attend to it. I read most of the book with one cat beside me and the other cat purring contentedly on my lap while I chuckled and chortled away at Beverley Nichols's astute and loving observations of cats amid his beautifully poetic prose. I have no doubt that Mr Nichols and I would have been firm friends; there's something quite irresistible abou ...more
May 19, 2017 rated it liked it
A book for feline fans. The author's devotion and knowledge comes through - he has spent many an hour studying cats.
Sep 15, 2007 rated it liked it
Re-read. A little dated, more than a little twee but still a sweet paean to the cat in general, Nichols' cats in particular.
Rebecca Huston
Aug 05, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: cat lovers
Shelves: keepers, cats
A very funny, insightful book on cats, written and illustrated with plenty of humour and just a bit of sorrow. For all of those who love felines.

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May 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Like all things kitty cat? Then you'll love this book. The illustration are beautiful as well.
May 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I adore Beverly! all his books. I have quite a few
do you love cats? then you will love his books about them
Feb 21, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Xarah by: Mom
Shelves: non-fiction
What a great book! Cat lovers will be nodding their heads in agreement while reading this book. Beverley Nichols' anecdotes about his cats and the cats he has met are hilarious!
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Dec 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
It's about could i give it less than four stars? ;o)
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John Beverley Nichols (born September 9, 1898 in Bower Ashton, Bristol, died September 15, 1983 in Kingston, London), was an English writer, playwright, actor, novelist and composer. He went to school at Marlborough College, and went to Balliol College, Oxford University, and was President of the Oxford Union and editor of Isis.

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“Often, when I have been feeling lonely, when a book as been thrust aside in boredom [...] I have lain back and stared at the shadows on the ceiling, wondering what life is all about [...] and then, suddenly, there is the echo of the swinging door, and across the carpet, walking with the utmost delicacy and precision, stalks Four or Five or Oscar. He sits down on the floor beside me, regarding my long legs, my old jumper, and my floppy arms, with a purely practical interest. Which part of this large male body will form the most appropriate lap? Usually he settles for the chest. Whereupon he springs up and there is a feeling of cold fur [...] and the tip of an icy nose, thrust against my wrist and a positive tattoo of purrs. And I no longer wonder what life is all about.” 13 likes
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