At Style Tails, one of our all-time favourite hobbies is to curl up with a good book, cuppa in hand and our favourite furry feline by our side (of course). Recently (and unsurprisingly), we have noticed a real rise in cats featuring in books. Whether it’s fact or fiction, art or photography, we couldn’t be happier to see that cats are reigning in literature. So with this in mind, here we round up 8 of the best reads for cat lovers.
1. OF CATS AND MEN BY SAM KALDA
Cats and men… what more could you want?! Highlighting some of the most remarkable cat-loving men throughout history and how their cats have contributed to their genius discoveries, this book just proves what we knew all along… that cats secretly rule the world. Expect to hear stories about Nikola Telsa’s interest in electricity and how Sir Isacc Newtown created the first cat flap. Astonishing indeed!
2. A STREET CAT NAMED BOB BY JAMES BOWEN
There’s no way we could do a book feature and not mention this book. A Street Cat Named Bob proved such a hit that it was adapted for the big screen, and will forever hold a place in our hearts. Telling the real life story of injured street cat, Bob, who meets a poor musician named James, Bob sticks by his side through think and thin and changes his life in the process.
3. INSTA GRAMMAR CATS BY IRENE SCHAMPAERT
The perfect coffee table book, Insta Grammar brings together the best felines on Instagram. Combining photography and inspirational quotes, discover the funniest and cutest cat photos from Instagram, rounded up in one handy book.
4. OLD POSSUM’S BOOK OF PRACTICAL CATS BY T.S ELIOT
A classic, and the inspiration behind hit Broadway musical Cats, Practical Cats is a collection of nonsense verse that tells the tale of a variety of cats and their shenanigans. Popular with both children and cat lovers alike, it definitely deserves a place on your bookshelf.
5. CATOPOLIS BY MARTIN H. GREENBERG & JANET DEAVER-PACK
Escape the human world and immerse yourself in the world of cats thanks to this collection of short stories. A fearless cat is at the centre of each of the 17 stories, uncovering an intriguing world that exists on the same plane as humans, yet is hidden from us.
6. CATS GALORE: A COMPENDIUM OF CULTURED CATS BY SUSAN HERBERT
Ever wondered what some of the world’s most famous works of art would look like if their subjects were replaced with cats? Wonder no more! Susan Herbert’s witty revelation shows what happens when a cat becomes the subject of da Vinci’s Mona Lisa and takes the starring role in Hamlet or Lawrence of Arabia.
7. THE CAT LOVER’S QUOTATION BOOK BY JO BRIELYN
With a collection of over 200 quotes on the whiskery wit and wisdom that only cats can provide, this handy pocket sized book is a must for cat lovers. Focusing on the deep connection between cats and their owners, as well as the surprises that come with being a kitty parent, this book is a delight!
8. CATS IN PARIS, BY WON-SUN JANG
Cats and Paris; the perfect combination! This adult colouring book is a wonderful journey through Paris, highlighting the infamous city’s iconic cat locations. From Montmartre and Shakespeare and Co. spark your creativity and bring the story to life through your use of colour.
Do you have a favourite cat heroine tale that we haven’t covered? Share yours in the comments below.