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The Cat Who Came in from the Cold by Deric Longden
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Jul 21, 2008

it was amazing
bookshelves: classics, favorites
Read from March 06 to 10, 2011

The heartwarming story of a kitten called Thermal and his pet sultana Ralph. This is my all time favourite animal story book (with the possible exception of Black Beauty). I have read it several times and will probably read it several times more.

Thermal is a white kitten that Longden sees sitting, bedraggled, in the rain in his neighbour's garden. He brings him in and adopts him, even though he belongs to the neighbours and they would actually have quite liked to have him back. Derek's blind wife Aileen has a few problems with the new kitten, but only shuts him in the fridge for the day by mistake once.

Derek Longden is a people watcher and an animal watcher, who writes about the world, people and cats around him with warmth, passion and quirky sense of humour. He has a consumate skill in making the reader empathise with all and sundry - and there are quite a lot of sundries. When you find yourself empathising with a kitten's pet sultana, you know you've been Longdened.
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Charlie Time to re-read an old friend.

Cuauhtemoc You should read "The cat who came for Christmas" by Cleveland Amory. I think you will enjoy it as well.

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