Published: 28/10/2014
ISBN: 9781784620189
eISBN: 9781784626990
Format: Paperback/eBook

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Philip Lawrence is a former Professor of Economics who now works as a senior adviser to Aerospace companies. He lives in Somerset with his wife and three precocious Siamese cats. Having written 8 bo... read more

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Cats in Charge
A Siamese Saga in the West Country
by Philip Lawrence

"Be careful of what you wish for,
especially if it is a feline that comes from the kingdom of Siam."

Cats in Charge is a tale of how besotted pet owners can be taken over by bossy Siamese cats, reduced to mere servants in their own household. Full of amusing anecdotes of the antics of the crafty Siamese, the book creates a feeling of wellbeing, focusing on the positive and life affirming aspects of these charming animals.

Inspired by the writings of Doreen Tovey, who wrote 8 books about her Siamese cats and life in a Somerset village, Cats in Charge re-ignites interest in this style of sentimental story about interesting and beloved pets.

The three feline amigos in Cats in Charge are remarkably different; Coco, the elder female, likes her creature comforts and can become very truculent when food does not appear at the right time. Leo, a black oriental Siamese, is fundamentally bonkers, as well as looking just like Dobby from the Harry Potter films. The Lawrence’s discover that Leo has a different approach to food from Coco; when he is hungry he just steals something, like a leg of lamb. The arrival of a kitten, Emily, to the trio makes Leo even more skittish and they charge around the house like runners in some demented steeplechase.

Cats in Charge can be enjoyed by any cat lover, as well as fans of true animal stories, biographies and humour.

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Philip’s book is inspired by the work of Doreen Tovey, a famous writer of animal stories from the 1960s and 70s. Doreen lived in a cottage at Rowberrow, just 4 miles from Philip’s Somerset village. In what is planned to be a series of books, philip is seeking to rekindle the genre of cat writing that Doreen epitomised.
Philip will be promoting his book at the Siamese cat show in Milton Keynes on June 21.

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