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On Cats. Doris Lessing


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A collection of Doris Lessing's charming and celebrated writings about cats. Doris Lessing's love affair with cats began at a young age, when she became intrigued with the semi-feral creatures on the African farm where she grew up. Her fascination remained undiminished by the handsome domesticated creatures who shared her flats and her life in London and grew into real love with El Magnifico, the awkwardly lovable cat who in his later years suffered the great indignity of becoming a three-legged beast. Consisting of Doris Lessing's celebrated collection of stories, 'Particularly Cats and Rufus', and the poignant though unsentimental memoir, 'The Old Age of El Magnifico', this book is a brilliant evocation of feline existence. Lead title / A collection Doris Leesing's writing on cats, beautifully and simply jacketed and available for the first time in paperback / Since winning the Nobel Prize there has been a major up-lift in consumer interest across Doris's backlist - her most recent novel 'The Cleft' has already sold 30,000 copies around the world / 'The Golden Notebook' has sold over 22,000 copies since its re-print in 2007 / Competition: 101 Favourite Cat Poems, T.S. Eliot's Cats, A Cat's Life, Little Book of Cats, Heathcote Williams

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Doris Lessing is one of the most important writers of the second half of the twentieth century. Her first novel, 'The Grass is Singing' was published in 1950, and since then her international reputation has flourished. Among her other celebrated novels are 'The Golden Notebook', 'The Summer Before the Dark', and 'Memoirs of a Survivor'. Her most recent works include 'Love, Again' and two volumes of her autobiography, 'Under my Skin', and 'Walking in the Shade'.


'A distillation of everything that makes her work such a joy to read!Lessing's intensely visual imagination and coolly precise style fleshes out this feline life. A work of exquisite tenderness and poignancy, thoroughly devoid of artifice, over-elaboration or mawkish sentimentality!Wonderful.' Scotsman '"Particularly Cats" is not really about cats at all, it's about real characters.' Daily Mail 'An unsentimental and unwhimsical, but not unpartisan, study of cat-and-human relationships. An entertaining read for both cat and Lessing connoisseurs.' Observer

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