As anyone who reads these book reviews knows by now, I am partial to British authors and so here is more of the writer, Deric Longden. Deric and his wife, the novelist Aileen Armitage, live in Huddersfield, Yorkshire. One gets the flavor of an English village when reading his books. He wrote the very successful book The Cat Who Came In From the Cold, and has since written a few more, all featuring the cats in his and Aileen's life. In this book Thermal and Tigger, the stars inThe Cat Who Came In From the Cold, are aging.
While enjoying the intermittent visits of a feral black tomcat Deric noticed that Eric, the tom, was often hiding out in their cellar. They left food for him and made him a bed. This was long before the days of TNR. Life on the mean streets being uncertain at best Eric one day disappeared and they never saw him again or learned what happened to him. Then, a few days after Eric's disappearance the Huddersfield Examiner, the local newspaper, ran an article that told how the RSPCA had captured a pair of feral cats along with their three black kittens in the village park. A fourth kitten had escaped. As Eric went down to breakfast the next morning he saw, sitting on the old wooden bench in the garden, a half-grown kitten as black as coal.
Eric spoke to the young cat.
"I was reading about you only last night. I think I knew your dad, slightly." The kitten made no reply. But that was the beginning of how Nokia came to join the household of Eric, Aileen Thermal and Tigger. We've all known feral cats who suspected that there might be a better life if they only knew how to get past their fear and distrust of humans. Nokia certainly falls into that category. This is not a "sad animal story" but one to be smiled over and even laughed over. Deric Longden is humorous and clever. You will enjoy meeting up with Thermal and Tigger again, aging as they are. Nokia adds a complete new dimension to the lives of this household in Huddersfield, Yorkshire. If you love kitties you will enjoy this book. Low key, easy read, just plain enjoyable.
I got mine used on Amazon. I imagine you can find one in a used book store, possibly even on Kindle, or even in a Barnes and Noble. I think you will enjoy this bit of British life. I sure did.
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LFFAC adventures, stories and maybe even a cute cat video every now & then.