It won’t come as a surprise to you that I read a lot of books about cats. Some are non-fiction, the majority is autobiographical. I don’t actually know how it started, but I think I just got some as presents and some I bought myself. So I thought I would share with you the books that I have enjoyed reading in this little series.
First up I want to share with you Marilyn Edwards’ “The Cats of Moon Cottage” series. It consists of four books and is her autobiographical account of life with her cats. My husband bought me the first two “The Cats of Moon Cottage” and “More Cat Tales from Moon Cottage” as a paperback and once I started reading it I couldn’t stop. I had tears in my eyes when I finished reading the first book. I won’t give too much away.
After I finished these two books I contacted Marilyn to tell her how much I enjoyed them and that I would love to interview her for the German cat magazine “Geliebte Katze” for which I have written several pieces (I also told her of course about our Bobby). To my surprise not only did she write back very quickly, but sent me signed copies of the whole series! The first book has actually been translated into German and published in Germany, but despite my own efforts to write about Marilyn and her work for the magazine it didn’t get commissioned.
The third book is titled “The Cats of Hutton Roof” and the final book “The Coach House Cats”.
Marilyn has a wonderful eye for detail and you can easily picture her life with the cats. If you are a cat owner you will recognise the typical cat behaviours, the difficulties you face when moving house and also empathise when bad things happen to the cats (and yes you will cry if you are a softie like me). Furthermore, the stories of her cats Otto, Septi, Titus, Pushkin, Fannie and Gilly are beautifully illustrated by Peter Warner, who sadly died in 2007.
If you love reading cat stories – especially real life stories you won’t be disappointed with this series.
You can find more information about Marilyn and her books on her website here.